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Luang Prabang Info Please!!!

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Luang Prabang Info Please!!!

Hey there, I'm going to Luang Prabang and I have a few questions for everyone and was hoping you could all help out..

1-Has anyone been in mid March and is it a nice time to visit?

Have heard that visibilty isnt very good from the burning off that happens.. Is this true and how bad is it?

2-Visa's! Wat is the go?

3-Has anyone stayed at Lotus hotel? What was it like?

4-Hotel's with pool and which one's are good to stay at $40-$50 a night.

5-Is 3 or 4 days enough time to spend there?

6-Are the waterfalls still running through this period?

7-Malaria meds. Yes or no?

Thats about all the info I need.. I hope to hear from you all soon.


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Burno offs are not as bad now. March is getting hot.

Visas? From where? You get them on the border on entry.

5. Yes

6. Yes, but not large.

7. Why? No expats take them.

Incidentally there is heaps of information already popsted on the questions you ask. Use the search function.

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Thanks for your info Rufascat

I'm coming from Australia. So i take it I can get Visa's at the airport on entry.

Just making sure as requirements into countries change all the time and and realise there is heaps of info here just want it to be current.

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I took anti malarials. Visa at the airport not sure about rate for Aussies, Canadians paid the most and we are so nice so don't know why :-)

You will love it- the people are so nice- cheap eats along the river

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Yes visa on arrival at the airport. $37.00US for Australians and 2 passport photos.

Cactus, you should ask your govt why Canadians pay the most. look at the Canadian visa regulations for laos and then you will understand why canadians pay more here. Fairs fair!

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Yes, you can get a 30 day visitor visa on arrival at the airport in Luang Prbang. Just bring a couple of passport photos with you and have some American cash with you - $35 when we were there last October.

I was in LP twice last year and didn't take malaria tablets. We took some anti mosquito spray and used that if we were sitting by the river in the evening.

I feel 3 or 4 days in LP is probably a good amount of time to see the main attractions and relax into the vibe of the place.

I don't know that you will find a hotel with a pool for $40 or $50 a night. Most places at that price are questhouses and I don't think you would find any with a pool.

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(2) Not sure what it is like for Aussies - but US citizens can get a visa on arrival. You should confirm with the Australian Embassy website just to be sure

(3) I have not - I would recommend Villa Chitdara, though they do not have a pool. It is a charming place, and the monks walk by in the morning, but it is far enough off the main street that you are not surrounded by tourists taking pictures

(5) 3-4 days is perfect, it leaves just enough time to relax (which is what vacation is for, right?)

(7) Me and my sister took malaria meds, our parents did not. I would say yes - to be on the safe side - not to mention it might protect your stomach from travelers viruses too! (for example, my parents got sick from eating something - but all 4 of us ate the exact same thing. I'm thinking that b/c we were on malaria meds, it somewhat helped? not sure...just my theory!)

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We stayed at Lotus in Jan and it was nice and well located although one of the two rooms we were in had seriously bad lighting - couldnt read at night!

We a got our visas in Aust. Sent passports to Canberra, $45AUD and got them back promptly, saved a lot of time when we arrived.

You will love LP!! Night markets great and clean and nice food. Go for a walk over the river on one of the long bamboo bridges for an experience!!

Wish I was going back!

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