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    Laos from Golden Triangle

    I recently visited the Golden Trailand in Northern Thailand and and paid 200B(each) for a longtail Boat trip down the Mekong River and then into Lao to visit a small market.

    Cost 20B to enter Lao, No Passport, Immigration requires (so believe a Visa Run would not be possible with this method) Could used Baht to pay and most could speak small amounts of English. Cartons of 200 Ciggies were 250B, no troubles bringing them back to LOS. Lots of cheap Piss, clothes, bags etc. Also as Gambling is Illegal in Thailand there is a Casino accross the border in Lao, as well as Myanmar(Burma)

    Was a good experience as i had not been to Lao before. Just beware of the kids when you get off the longtail boat, they beg for money and get rather verbally abusive. Everywhere at the Lao Market you would see bottles of Whiskey with Snakes in them. The GF tells me its very good for you. I chickened out and did not try it as I was already sick on the trip and was in careful mode, but if i have the chance to do it again i will.

    I would highly recommend doing the Golden Triangle tour and take a longtail boat over to Laos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by G4orce View Post
    I recently visited the Golden Trailand in Northern Thailand and and paid 200B(each) for a longtail Boat trip down the Mekong River and then into Lao to visit a small market.

    Cost 20B to enter Lao, No Passport, Immigration requires (so believe a Visa Run would not be possible with this method) Could used Baht to pay and most could speak small amounts of English. Cartons of 200 Ciggies were 250B, no troubles bringing them back to LOS. Lots of cheap Piss, clothes, bags etc. Also as Gambling is Illegal in Thailand there is a Casino accross the border in Lao, as well as Myanmar(Burma)

    Was a good experience as i had not been to Lao before. Just beware of the kids when you get off the longtail boat, they beg for money and get rather verbally abusive. Everywhere at the Lao Market you would see bottles of Whiskey with Snakes in them. The GF tells me its very good for you. I chickened out and did not try it as I was already sick on the trip and was in careful mode, but if i have the chance to do it again i will.

    I would highly recommend doing the Golden Triangle tour and take a longtail boat over to Laos.
    G your not a man till you drink snake whiskey.............so i am with you on that 55555
    Sounds cool got any pics mate?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wabbits View Post
    G your not a man till you drink snake whiskey.............so i am with you on that 55555
    Sounds cool got any pics mate?
    I had wanted to do it before the incident (which you will find out about in the TR eventually)
    I do have a couple pics which i will show in my TR when I get to it.

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    My mate here in Melbourne has done this trip a few times.... he was required to leave his passport at the crossing, which he wasn't too keen about....
    He was saying that many a Thai man has gone over to the casino and never returned due to a gambling debt.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by PatongBeachBoy View Post
    My mate here in Melbourne has done this trip a few times.... he was required to leave his passport at the crossing, which he wasn't too keen about....
    He was saying that many a Thai man has gone over to the casino and never returned due to a gambling debt.....
    I think that non return thing happens in Cambo too especially at the moment......
    Mrs W has told me some horrific stories of People in her village borrowing family money to go play at the casino...200,300 thousand bt!
    ten mins and you are across the border and there from her village.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PatongBeachBoy View Post
    My mate here in Melbourne has done this trip a few times.... he was required to leave his passport at the crossing, which he wasn't too keen about....
    He was saying that many a Thai man has gone over to the casino and never returned due to a gambling debt.....
    I was talking to you not long ago saying i dont think Noy Knows abotu Gambling. I confirmed that when I saw her this trip. She knows what a Casino is but never Gambled as such and has told me is not interedted. Will have to keep her away from Crown 5555

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    You will have to keep her away from Thip....... sure she doesn't play cards?

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    Quote Originally Posted by PatongBeachBoy View Post
    You will have to keep her away from Thip....... sure she doesn't play cards?
    They were playing cards at the border and she did not say anything to me about it. i will have to take her to Crown, its a Melbourne thing. I will just drill it into her brain that its not a good thing 5555

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    The first time I took Thip we won a sh1t load.... she thinks its an ATM now 555

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    Quote Originally Posted by wabbits View Post
    G your not a man till you drink snake whiskey.............so i am with you on that 55555
    Sounds cool got any pics mate?
    A very old thread ... Curtisma sneaks his advert in, and I'm prompted to find my pic of whisky snakes from Laos when we did the GT trip and Mekong crossing to Donsao



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    You are here
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    Quote Originally Posted by curtisma View Post
    I visited Golden triangle in January, it was the great experience being in 3 countries at once. The view is very beautiful. The border of Thailand, Myanmar, and Laos meet at the Mekong River. After sightseeing of Golden triangle I went my journey to Laos, as I have already been to Thailand and Myanmar before, So wanted to explore Laos. I visited three cities Vientiane, Luang Prabang, and Pakse. Vientiane is very beautiful with beautiful beaches where you can relax and walk around. The majority of the city's sights are located within relatively close proximity of each another. The most fascinating I have found is Wat Pha That Luang, it is a symbol of Buddhist religion and supreme power or authority. You can found many things in local market such as Lao’s art, silks, textiles and handicrafts at Carol Cassidy Textiles, Vat Inpeng Street, or T'Shop Lai Gallery, Noekummane Road. In Pakse, you will find the Mekong and Xe Don rivers. You can boat and also can do kayaking. The city is lavishly surrounded by Buddhist temples. Luang Prabang- Here you will get to explore local life and interact with Lao’s people. You can hire a bicycle and travel around the city. 5km Away from the Luang Prabang you can explore Namkhan Eco Farm and Mekong River. You can hike and trek around.
    I think it's a fail Curtisma... one Namkhan Eco Farm plug too many....
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    ^ it's otherwise an ok post ... could just the link be removed ?

    Not much about Laos on this forum, or if it is, scattered thru various threads

    I had two trips to Vientiane, second one was cycling, apart from my not adapting to vehicles on the "wrong" side of the road, no complaints I'd like to go there again

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hatari View Post

    Not much about Laos on this forum, or if it is, scattered thru various threads

    I had two trips to Vientiane, second one was cycling, apart from my not adapting to vehicles on the "wrong" side of the road, no complaints I'd like to go there again
    Did you cycle from Thailand?
    My only experience was in a pie making factory managing the gravy team


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    No ... bus first, then hired bike in Vientiane
    Couldn't live there but good to visit, and as with my solo biking in Cambodia (except the time I got lost), follow the Mekong lots of riverside villages and very hospitable locals
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hatari View Post
    ^ it's otherwise an ok post ... could just the link be removed ?

    Not much about Laos on this forum, or if it is, scattered thru various threads

    I had two trips to Vientiane, second one was cycling, apart from my not adapting to vehicles on the "wrong" side of the road, no complaints I'd like to go there again
    If you haven't been to Luang Prabang it is a must go

    My favorite place in Asia I've visited

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