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    hihi. i will be at Laos Vientiane from 26 Sep to 4 Oct...will be shooting lots of pics there...anyone happens to be there also? let's meet up there

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    just curious.. will u be going to the Plain of Jars?

    and how much does it cost to go to Laos?
    is it safe if I go alone (a gal)?
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    Dear at8851,

    I was there in early August for 3 days. The cheapest way is to go by Tiger Air to udon Thani, take a shutter to the central Bus Station in town and catch the official air-con bus to Vientaine. The bus will stop and wait for you at both the Thai and Loas Immigration. However you have to have either a pre-acquired visa or from one of the ASEAN countries! The trip, which took us about one and a half hours will bring you to the Bus Station behind the Vientaine Morning Market. I would suggest you find a hotel nearby. I can tell you what I found during the trip if you are keen.

    I think it is safe for you, but the normal advise of avoiding secluded areas during nightfall applies.

    I think 3 days is too short as the journey to and fro Udon Thani takes up half a day. One week will be just nice for you to go up country to see more!

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    May be going Laos too, during that period, but can't confirm yet as gotta settle some personal stuff 1st. pm/email me your email so that I can contact you later?
    Thanks!

    Quote Originally Posted by ckgoh View Post
    hihi. i will be at Laos Vientiane from 26 Sep to 4 Oct...will be shooting lots of pics there...anyone happens to be there also? let's meet up there

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    i've re-planned my trip again..
    will be going from 22Sep - 29Sep
    going from BKK to Luang Prabang then to Plain of Jars..

    anyway to check the bus timetable between Luang Prabang and Plain of Jars?

    and I don't have a proper backpack.. should I buy one that is designed for camera?

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    Quote Originally Posted by at8851 View Post
    just curious.. will u be going to the Plain of Jars?

    and how much does it cost to go to Laos?
    is it safe if I go alone (a gal)?
    no place is all safe for a girl alone, although some place is safer than the other. when we went, there is a 20+ american guy who was missing with the poster up saying where he was last seen (a few months before we saw the poster). also have known of someone who travelled alone to cambodia and was found deceased for a few days in her hotel room. no investigation proceeds. likewise a guy went to take waterfall in yunnan alone... and have mishap...

    i would say, at least have 1 companion. at least two more companions would be good. one can still go alone and most are safe though.

    also depends on how you travel. it is best to always be in places where there is a lot of people, which is easier in busy towns and cities. however, if you take a tut tut alone in roads with no one around, anything can happened. some risk taking is needed, even for guys.

    laos, i would say should be more safe than most 3rd world countries and crime-ridden 1st world cities....

    seek more advice from wanderingcat at sgtravellors, think she can tell you more from a girl's perspective. you are also more likely to get female companions there, although they are less likely to be photographers.

    cost wise is very cheap. double costs US$5-15 for budgets. food and transport also cheap too. $500 (exclude flight) is more than enough, and if you dun buy lots of things at luang prabang, you are likely to bring some money back.
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    Quote Originally Posted by at8851 View Post
    i've re-planned my trip again..
    will be going from 22Sep - 29Sep
    going from BKK to Luang Prabang then to Plain of Jars..

    anyway to check the bus timetable between Luang Prabang and Plain of Jars?

    and I don't have a proper backpack.. should I buy one that is designed for camera?
    check lonely planet, but timetable tends to change. generally buses should leave between 7-11am, as the trip is likely to take 8hrs or more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by at8851 View Post
    i've re-planned my trip again..
    will be going from 22Sep - 29Sep
    going from BKK to Luang Prabang then to Plain of Jars..

    anyway to check the bus timetable between Luang Prabang and Plain of Jars?

    and I don't have a proper backpack.. should I buy one that is designed for camera?
    get a backpack for everything, and another smaller outing bag (sling or daypack).

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    Quote Originally Posted by spuddy View Post
    I think 3 days is too short as the journey to and fro Udon Thani takes up half a day. One week will be just nice for you to go up country to see more!
    yah. i would say do not miss out on luang prabang. at least 5 days is required for 2 locations. 7-14 days would be just nice for 3-4 locations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ckgoh View Post
    hihi. i will be at Laos Vientiane from 26 Sep to 4 Oct...will be shooting lots of pics there...anyone happens to be there also? let's meet up there
    aah! i'll be there 15 Oct - 17 Oct. wld be prowling Undon Thani from 13 - 14 Oct.

    pls take lots of shots back!! this wld be my very first time out with my Canon 400D which i bought last week!

    hv a safe and good trip!

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    enjoy ur trip i am looking forward to seeing the pics when u get back!

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    I was in Laos last year, flew to Changmai, bus to Changrai, boat across to Laos, boat down mekong to Luang Prabang, then bus down to Vang Vieng and bus again down to Vientienne.

    Then bus to bangkok, fly back to singapore.

    Roughly 10days, total damage all inclusive about 600-700 bucks.

    Just a reminder, please check the weather reports. When I was there it was a chilly 10degs. If you aren't prepared you'll be in a bit of trouble.

    Also, while I don't think the place is crime ridden, I wouldn't say it's the easiest place to travel in SEA. But if you stick to the tourist routes you can't stray off too far...

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