Has anyone been to Laos?

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Re: Has anyone been to Laos?

Post by phuketrichard » Tue Feb 12, 2019 8:10 am

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Mon Feb 11, 2019 11:50 pm
Is it true you cannot be in a hotel room with a woman who is not your wife? (legally) And how would that work if you traveled with your Cambodian 'wife' who is not legally your wife.
Only if the girl is laos
i've been up there twice with my Cambodian gf, once with my daughter.. no problems
Vang Vieng changed in 2013, no more dope, no more wild parties floating down the river, places close own early, LOTS of 3 star places and Koreans
Its still beautiful place scenically, rent a bike and head out of town.

As far as LP goes its a great place and loads of really nice accommodations in old wooden houses ( $40-up in high season) on the river and great restaurants. The town thou is FULL of tourists and the monks are just about forced to do their morning walk. Tourists line up and its a zoo. Many people selling stuff to give the monks and then the monks give it to kids who give it back to the vendors to resell again,
old rice, MaMa etc
Tourists pushing and shoving to get their selfies. Destroys the whole thing
The monks tried to to Stop, BUT as its a Big tourist attraction, the goverment told them they would just hire people to do it if the monks refused.
In a nation run by swine, all pigs are upward-mobile and the rest of us are fucked until we can put our acts together: not necessarily to win, but mainly to keep from losing completely. HST
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Re: Has anyone been to Laos?

Post by hanno » Tue Feb 12, 2019 8:31 am

phuketrichard wrote:
Tue Feb 12, 2019 8:10 am
Tourists pushing and shoving to get their selfies. Destroys the whole thing
The monks tried to to Stop, BUT as its a Big tourist attraction, the goverment told them they would just hire people to do it if the monks refused.
It's a total circus and utterly disgusting. Part of the LP experience is to become a 5-minute Buddhist and feed the monkeys. The food is not even resold, it is thrown away around the corner!!!!!
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Re: Has anyone been to Laos?

Post by Brody » Tue Feb 12, 2019 11:39 am

phuketrichard wrote:
Tue Feb 12, 2019 8:10 am
Vang Vieng changed in 2013, no more dope,

That's great Richard. Then why did you previously post this menu if it does not fucking exist anymore.

I love walking down memory lane with you but it does fuck all for a trip planned in the present day. And that post made no mention that this is not available anymore.

What a let down man.
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Menu in Vang Vieng in 2012

https://phuket.zenfolio.com/p409010745/ ... #h4cc75006
pot, opium, mushrooms :beer3:
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Re: Has anyone been to Laos?

Post by DaveG » Sun Feb 24, 2019 8:27 pm

Is it possible to ride a Cambodian plated motorbike into Laos ???
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Re: Has anyone been to Laos?

Post by phuketrichard » Sun Feb 24, 2019 8:59 pm

same as if entering Thailand,
if its not in ur name.... NO
In a nation run by swine, all pigs are upward-mobile and the rest of us are fucked until we can put our acts together: not necessarily to win, but mainly to keep from losing completely. HST
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Re: Has anyone been to Laos?

Post by DaveG » Sun Feb 24, 2019 9:18 pm

FFS, looks like I'm stuck in Cambodia then, What about Vietnam, lol
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Re: Has anyone been to Laos?

Post by andy1 » Sun Feb 24, 2019 9:52 pm

phuketrichard wrote:
Sun Feb 24, 2019 8:59 pm
same as if entering Thailand,
if its not in ur name.... NO
Not true i have ridden a cambodian reg kawasaki 250 into and back out of Laos and it was not in my name.
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Re: Has anyone been to Laos?

Post by phuketrichard » Mon Feb 25, 2019 9:25 am

andy1 wrote:
Sun Feb 24, 2019 9:52 pm
phuketrichard wrote:
Sun Feb 24, 2019 8:59 pm
same as if entering Thailand,
if its not in ur name.... NO
Not true i have ridden a cambodian reg kawasaki 250 into and back out of Laos and it was not in my name.
when? from where? things change,
Maybe get a POA from previous owner in english

some up to date info
https://www.nomadasaurus.com/crossing-t ... east-asia/
In a nation run by swine, all pigs are upward-mobile and the rest of us are fucked until we can put our acts together: not necessarily to win, but mainly to keep from losing completely. HST
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Re: Has anyone been to Laos?

Post by ExPenhMan » Mon Feb 25, 2019 11:31 am

DaveG wrote:
Sun Feb 24, 2019 9:18 pm
FFS, looks like I'm stuck in Cambodia then, What about Vietnam, lol
It's so costly with loads of paperwork and a fixer (around one thousand$) that it is, in effect, impossible. Check www.gt-rider.com.
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Re: Has anyone been to Laos?

Post by andy1 » Tue Feb 26, 2019 12:44 am

phuketrichard wrote:
Mon Feb 25, 2019 9:25 am
andy1 wrote:
Sun Feb 24, 2019 9:52 pm
phuketrichard wrote:
Sun Feb 24, 2019 8:59 pm
same as if entering Thailand,
if its not in ur name.... NO
Not true i have ridden a cambodian reg kawasaki 250 into and back out of Laos and it was not in my name.
when? from where? things change,
Maybe get a POA from previous owner in english

some up to date info
https://www.nomadasaurus.com/crossing-t ... east-asia/
This was towards the end of 2016 and i have had alook at that web site and can see no changes affecting a cambodian reg bike.Trying to take a viet reg bike through the cambodia Laos crossing is a definate no no.My crossing i was issued a 30 day import permit by the Laos side after paying the unoficial $2 processing fee.On the way back i had stayed more than the 30 days allowed so was a bit worried about crossing,I waited for a coach to turn up and parked the bike behind the bus and mingled in with the passengers to do the personal bit of the visa,collected all the relevant stamps for the passport and just climbed on the bike and rode through customs.No one took any notice. :D :D
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