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    Luang Prabang is THE place to visit in Laos and is a wonderful little town full of temples and a great little night market where the people come down from the hills. We based ourselves there and went out to various places so I can't comment on the rest of the country other than to say Vientiane is a bit of a dead loss.

    We were there some years ago when flying was a bit cross-your-fingers-and-hope-they-don't-crash, but it's (apparently) better these days and you can even fly direct from Chiang Mai: http://www.travelfish.org/feature/119

    The alternative is to head along the Mekong to Nong Khai, cross the Mekong to Vientiane and then fly from there.

    It's a great trip. Enjoy. almost 7 years ago

    • Thanks! Looking forward to the adventures to come! Holly over 6 years ago
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    i went from chiang mai to chiang rai then chiang sean and then over the border to huay xai in laos where you can get a boat down the mekong to luang prabang.. either slow boat (about 2 days) or fast boat (about 6 hours)... but that was a few years ago now - things are likely to have changed. there is nothing to see in huay xai, but it is a great place to be if you're heading north in laos... the gibbon experience that leaves from huay xai was one of the highlights of my trip in 2005.. http://www.gibbonexperience.org/ almost 7 years ago

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    • Thankyou! This sounds like what we want to do. Did you travel by bus from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai & Chiang Sean? Gibbon Experience sounds great, Thanks :) Holly over 6 years ago

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