We are starting our trip in Chaing Mai, then heading to Chiang Rai then Chiang Sean. Then crossing border in Laos, from HuayXai we are planning on getting a "fast" boat down the Mekong river to Luang Prabang. After that all we know is we want to go to the Pak Ou Caves, an elephant village, then bus to see the "Valley of Jars" & do the Tubing in Vang Vieng. Then we fly out of Vietianne. We have just over 3 weeks to do the whole trip. Any Ideas/tips would be much appreciated. Thanks! :)
it is in "four thousand islands", the south-est area of laos.
located in the middle of Mekong river. so calm and chill out, you can have a great time.
there is bus service once a day from Pakse, and mini bus service also available.
it is 3-4 hours trip, then at Nakasan, transfer to long tail boat, 30 minutes more to get there.
don't forget to bring your favorite books, musics, and flush lights. over 8 years ago
Holly, you'll be there after the worst of the rainy season, but it'll still be wet, hot and humid.
The rains can make the roads difficult, and the Mekong will be in full flow, so don't fall in!
The Nam Song river will also be flowing fast for river tubing in Vang Vieng, even strong swimmers can struggle in those conditions. A fast-flowing river, 'free' whisky, 'happy shakes' and rope swings into the river - here're some safety tips from the WorldNomads.com safety hub about Laos.
Go, enjoy, but take care.
Phil over 8 years ago
Spend as much time as you can in Luang Prabang. It is a great little town, beautiful to walk in, and the eating is incredible. Make sure you eat some of the street food, and at lunch time seek out the banh mi sandwich ladies. I replicate their sandwiches at home now! We had an incredible meal at the 3 Nagas restaurant, butbi hear it has gone a bit downhill.
We also went on the elephant ride outside LP and it was great - I got to sit on the elephant's head and be the mahout. Lao massage is excellent in LP. The night market has the most amazing textiles - leave room in your suitcase. I've heard theft is common at the swimming holes, waterfalls, etc so be careful. over 8 years ago
From chiang rai go to chiang khong, this is the best place to cross over to ban Houay xai. I would suggest a slow boat rather than the fast boat as the fast boat is dangerous and very uncomfortable, you will be wearing a crash helmet and holding on for 10 hours on the journey down to luangphrabang. The slow boat does take two days stopping at pak beng overnight but is far more tolerable! almost 8 years ago