Hotels in Vangvieng

Thavisouk Hotel & Resort in Vangvieng Laos
Tel: (+856 23)511-096, (+856 20)760-7111,570-3111,(+856-21)414-149
Fax : (+856 23)511-215

The Elephant Crossing Hotel
Address: Vang Vieng, Lao PDR
Ban Viengkeo, Vang Vieng District,
Vientiane Province, Lao PDR.
PO Box 5512,
Vientiane Lao PDR.
Tel/Fax: (+856 23) 511-232
Mobile: (+856 20) 560-2830 or 245-4730

Vansana Vang Vieng District
Address: Ban sysavang, Vientiane Province
Tel: (+856 23) 511-598-9, 511-600-1
Fax: (+856-23) 511-602
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Villa Nam song
Address: Vang Vieng - Laos
Tel: (+856 23) 511-637
Tel/Fax: (+856 23) 511-016

Laos elephant festival
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Laos Elephant festival in Paklay district

(From Laos Cultural magazine)-Travel to Laos
Elephant festival is a part of the project for heightening knowledge abut the Lao elephant Association, which was established in the Lao PDR by Elephant Asia. Its purpose is to preserve elephants in Lao PDR, protect the natural heritage and enhance cultural relations between the Lao people and elephants.

The elephant festival was organized on 17-18 February 2007 in Viengkeo village, hongsa distict, Sayaboury province and 46 elephants joined the even. The event is very significant to the Lao people and elephants, who have had close relations of working, fighting and living on this land for a long time. It's the milestone for starting the elephant festival in the following years. In 2008 this event was held in Paklay district, Sayaboury province.

Mr.Bouaphanh Makhaphon, Secretary of the district party Cell Committee, Chef of Paklay District , Sayaboury province 70 elephants from Paklay and Thongmixay districts joined and only good elephant was taken part in this event. Besides the elephant procession, there was acrobatic performances and elephant riding service for tourists, who never ride an elephant but like to try it to view paklay district and Lay riverbank. A team was set up to province tourists with the elephant riding service.

Mr. Bouaphanh Makhaphon told about other activities, saying: "beside the exhibition of goods from businessmen and people, boat racing contest, Phavad festival and rocket festival was organized on 16 February 2008."

This is a good luck of those who attend the festival because they admired nature, lifestyle of the people, the wealth of the area and a part of the culture of people living in paklay district. Moreover, visitors saw ten of beautifully-decorated elephants in the procession, command of the caravan and the use of the elephant labor. Furthermore, there was trade fair, traditional festival and other festive activities, which tourists enjoyed this occasion.

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Luang Prabang first class flight(Tad Sae waterfall)

Heartbeats and natural highs on jungle journey

(From Vientiane times newspaper) If you’re anything like me, standing on a mountaintop or at the top of a tall building makes your heart beat rapidly and your legs shake, and you dare not move.

A fear of heights is far from rare, but is also a serious business when one is high up in a rain forest canopy.

I had little time to ponder my fate as I prepared to fly like Tarzan through the treetops in
Luang Prabang province recently.

Contrary to what you are probably thinking, this was not a case of jungle fever getting the better of me.

The answer came in the form of zip lines, also known as aerial runway, mini cable car, or the mighty flying fox.

Fortunately for myself and others who are vertigo afflicted, cables clip into a harness allowing one to swing along through the forest like a modern day Johnny Weismuller.

There are a total of 19 platforms on this particular nature-soaked 1km journey.

The space between tree platforms starts at 35 meters, and then gets progressively longer.

Between platforms 9 and 10 is the longest gap, a distance of 200 meters.

Based in the treetops around
Tad Sae waterfall in Luang Prabang province, the cable run encompasses some breathtaking views.

World heritage-listed
Luang Prabang is well known as one of the country’s most popular tourist sites for experience culture.

Yet the province and the area around Tad Sea waterfall in particular rank highly as one of the most attractive sites for experiencing the natural wonders of Laos.

The flight of nature begins 16 km south of Luang Prabang on Northern Road No. 13.

Take a left onto an unsealed red dirt road, and about five minutes later you will read Ann village. Next, take a boat on the Nam khan river for about five minutes to reach the waterfall.

It is usually in full flow from august to March, the best time to view the cascades and take a dip.

Arriving at the waterfall, you’ll be rewarded with a spectacular sight and trees galore. How much water you will see, however, depends on the time of year.
When the water is tumbling over the rocks, the freshness of the scene will relax you.
While that wasn’t the case today, it was still a more than enjoyable trip.

But anyway, back to the task at hand.

After a five minute hike, I was at the start of what promised to be unforgettable journey.

At first, I didn’t dare to swing from a thin cable high above the forest floor, but under pressure from my relative I decided to steal myself for the challenge.

Finally, I decided to join them after being promised that two guide would help me to complete the run in one piece.

Before I knew it, I was strapped in and ready. The first of two guides cruised effortlessly to the next platform, while the other helped us to clip into the harness. My turn was rapidly approaching.

My two relatives took first, leaving a nervous you-know-who attempting to slow his rapidly beating heart. Yet those formerly trustworthy legs of mine would not respond. After no less than seven deep breaths, the encouragement of guides and cajoling of my relatives, I was off.

With my pride at stake, my recalcitrant legs dared to move and before I knew it. I was flying off towards the second platform.

My legs had not yet been cured of the shakes when the guide told me that I now had no choice but to continue.

So I redoubled my courage and set my sights on eventually reaching the 19th and final platform.

While I was busy shaking sweating and agonizing, my two relatives were all smile.

It was clear they were enjoying the challenge of the activity. “It is not difficult,” said one, smiling happily. “It would be even more even more exciting if it was higher”, remarked the other. I have to admit that at this point fratricide crossed my mind.

Yet as I flew from tree to tree on my way to the third and fourth platforms, I was beginning to adjust to the sensation of having nothing beneath my feet.

However, my heart rate gathered pace on the journey from platform 9 to 10, the longest point between footholds.

At this point we had to use a pre-prepared piece of bamboo to help with the braking process.

Our guide for the flight, Mr.Suchat, told us the drill.

“Platform 10 is the only point where most people need some extra braking. Our guide will wait there and call out when you need to brake.”

“ You will pick up quite a bit of speed on this section and if don’t brake you might hit a tree, but it’s not serious.” (“Not serious!?” I thought to myself). It was then the thought of sending him crashing to the forest floor flashed through my brain.

But if you brakes too soon you could also be in trouble.

“If you brake before the guide tells you, you will probably stop before reaching the platform and then the guide will have to go out and lead you in,” he added.

After passing platform 10, the fear in my heart and shaking in my legs completely disappeared and it all started to feel more enjoyable. I also enjoyed lowering myself down by rope to the station below, which is done at four points along the ropeway.

Meanwhile at some stations you have to lift your legs to avoid the tree branches below.

Most of the high stations boast beautiful views when seen from the platforms. Nearing the end of the ride you pass by waterfall.

Within 30 minutes of returning to solid earth, one is able to enjoy lunch at a restaurant overlooking the waterfall. You can also take an elephant ride on a trek through the surrounding jungle.

My suggestion to those of you who are scared of heights: try the lower platforms first and graduate to the higher ones. This will help you adapt to the challenges of the ride.

The Tad Sea flight of nature opened in May.

Guide Mr. Sichat said about 70 people had so far attempted the ride, most of whom had been foreigners.

While it is not yet well known, this adventure activity is sure to gain in popularity, even when a “nervous Nellie” like your writer recommends this first class flight through the treetops in
Luang prabang.

Source: Vientiane time newspaper :
Vientiane times

Laos Airlines, Special discount, Domestic promotion 2009

Laos Airlines has announced a new promotion effective April 01 to September 30, 2009. A special price will be offered for two and more passengers traveling together on the same domestic flight.

Vientiane - Luang Prabang (VTE LPQ) one way 510,000 kip, return 975,000 kip

Vientaine - Xiengkhouang (VTE XKH) one way 510,000 kip, return 975,000 kip

Vientiane - Hoeuisay (VTE HOE) one way 660,000 kip, return 1,260,000

Vientiane - Oudomxay (VTE ODY) one way 660,000 kip, return 1.260,000 kip

Vientiane - Luangnamtha (VTE LXG) one way 660,000 kip, return 1,260,000 kip

Vientiane - Savannakhet (VTE ZVK) one way 460,000 kip, return 880,000 kip

Savannakhet - Pakse one way 373,000, return 714,000 kip

Vientiane - Pakse (VTE PKZ) one way 773,000 kip, return 1,474,000 kip

Luang Prabang - Xiengkhouang one way 510,000 kip, return 975,000 kip

Luang Prabang - hoeisay one way 510,000 kip, return 975,000 kip

Luang Prabang - Pakse one way 998,000 kip, return 1,902,000 kip

Ticket shall be purchased 03 days before departure

For more information please contact the nearest Lao Airlines offices
Tel: 021-212051-4,021-212016
Fax: 021-212056, 212058

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Laos tours - Luang Prabang Itinerary

Luang Prabang is the ancient first capital of Lane Xang kingdom, the center of religious life in Laos and today the World Heritage City. I will give more some more information about where to go in Luang prabang and also Laos tour plan for Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang tour itinerary

5 days Luang Prabang tour

Day1: Luang Prabang city tour
take a sightseeing tour of the sacred city of temples, of which nearly fifty temples still remain in the town and surrounding areas. visit the National Museum, the former Royal Palace which houses the collection of valuables including the famous Prabang Buddha statue, gifts received from foreign dignitaries…etc, Visit Wat Visoun, the 16th century temple served as a small museum for religious artifacts; Wat Aham, the early 19th century temple, whose two guardian figures at the foot of the steps which represent two characters from the Ramayana – Hanuman, the Monkey God and a fierce Yaksa; Wat Xiengthong, the 16th century temple which, more than any temples in Luang Prabang, epitomizes all the elegance and grace of Luang Prabang architecture; Phousi Hill, the 328 steps leads to the summit of Phousi hill that dominates the sky-line of Luang Prabang overlooking the finest panoramic view in the whole Luang Prabang.

Day2: Luang Prabang - Pak Ou Cave- Laos tours
Go to boat landing, and take an excursion (a few hours) by boat, upstream on the Mekong to visit Pak Ou cave in the side of a lime stone cliff and opposite of the mouth of the Mekong and Ou rivers. The sanctuaries at Pak Ou consist of two large caves, both repositories for thousands of Buddha images, which range from mere centimeter to two meters in height. En route, Lao typical villages are barely visible behind a screen of foliage. Slender canoes bobbing by the shore, bamboo poles and floats mark the location of nets and fish traps. Our first stop will be at Ban Muangkeo, a well-known village for Lao traditional rice whisky, namely Laoh-Khao to be distilled. We are welcome to taste it and also take away. Lunch is at a riverside restaurant. In late afternoon, continue by car to outskirt of town to visit Ban Xangkhong, a well-known village for its wood paper making and also Lao silk weavings with natural dyes.

Day3: Luang Prabang - Kuangsi Waterfall - Laos tours
take a drive (30 km South) to visit Kuangsi Waterfall, which, though not very high, is spectacular and really beautiful with its green surroundings as the preserved National park. We stop en-route, stop to visit a fresh produced market namely Talad Phosy, and also visit Ban Na Oune, a small village of a hill-tribe group “Hmong”, probably the best-known minority group in Laos. Just before arriving at Kuangsi waterfall, there is another village of Khmu minority group, namely Ban Tha Pane that we will visit. Our picnic lunch is served at the shady park nearby Kuangsi waterfall. There is plenty of time for relaxing and a swim in cool water, before we head back to Luang Prabang in the late afternoon. The rest of the day is spent by visiting various craft-shops, including silver smiths’ and also Hmong market in town, where some skilled embroidery-works of Hmong ladies can be seen.

Day4,5: 2 days Elephant Lodge - Nature outside of Luang Prabang.
trekking around Luang Prabang ,mountain biking, go to the nature of Laos outside Luang Prabang. There are big mountains with jungle inside , elephant ride into nature going to water falls like Tad Sae waterfall. It would be a great Laos tours experience.

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Laos tours - Vientiane itinerary

Laos is a Buddhist country with many temples. There are many interesting things to do and places to see. You’ll be amazed of how many temples there are here. I will give you literately Laos tour plan.

Vientiane tour itinerary

3 days Vientiane tours

3 days in Vientiane would be great. If you travel to Laos then you shouldn’t miss Vientiane, Vientiane is the capital city of Laos. It’s very peaceful and someone might even say Vientiane is a sleeping city. If you are looking for a place to relax then Vientiane is the right one for you. There are also many interesting temples in Vientiane and places to see in the tour.

- Pra That Luang stupa: is the single most important monument in Laos, which was built to cover the original small stupa containing a piece of the chest bone of Buddha.

- Wat Ho Phra Kaew Museum is the former home-temple of the Emerald Buddha statue or Pra Keo and was originally built in 1566 by king Setthathirat to house the Emerald Buddha. It was taken by the Thais to Wat Phra Kaew in Bangkok, but today it contains a collection of Buddha statues, antiques and all artifacts found in around Vientiane.
- Patuxay monument: is situated in the center of Vientiane prefecture, its architecture is inspired the Arc de Triomphe in Paris and incorporates typical Lao motifs. It’s built quite recently in commemoration of those who died during the wars in the past and it is today as the land-mark of Vientiane, Wat Si Saket is the oldest temple to have been survived from the Siamese war of 1828 and its cloister contains more than 8000 Buddha statues. Spending your first day explore this Vientiane city tour.

the second day you might consider Buddha Park also known as Xieng Khuan (as well as other variations of the spelling) is a sculpture park located 25 km southeast from Vientiane, Laos in a meadow by the Mekong River. It may be referred to as Wat Xieng Khuan although the park is not a temple (Wat). The name Xieng Khuan means Spirit City. The park contains over 200 Hindu and Buddhist statues and do some shopping in the morning market(Talat sao mall).

The third day go to Nam ngam dam to explore the nature, take the boat trip, visit local village. This will take full day, it takes 2 hours to travel from Vientiane city to Nam ngum dam. It’s a very interesting Laos tour to see and relax.

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Laos tourist visa

Laos tourist visa

You can get your Laos tourist visa on arrival when you enter Laos. You can obtain Laos visa on arrival in almost border crossings in Laos.

Requirement for laos visa on arrival

1. Application for Laos visa
2. 2 recent passport size photographs
3. valid passport
4. Fee between USD 20-40 depending on your nationality

This laos visa is issued for one entry only
You will get 30 days Laos visa and can be extent by the Laos immigration office.

Here’s the list where you can get your Laos visa on arrival:

Laos tourist visa on arrival:
International airports
1. Wattay International Airport in Vientiane Capital.
2. Luang Prabang International Airport in Luang Prabang Province.
3. Pakse International Airport in Champasack Province.

Border check points for laos visa
1. Mohan(China) – Boten (Luang Namtha Province)
2. Mohan(Yunnan, China) – Botene(Luang Namtha Province)
3. Xiangkok riverport on Mekong River in Luang Namtha Province , no visa on arrival

4. Xiangkong (Thailand)- Houaixay (Bokeo Province)
5. Nongkhai (Thailand) - Friendship Bridge (Vientiane Capital, Laos)
6. Thailand - Xayabouly Province (Nam Heuang Friendship Bridge)
7. Nakhon Phanom (Thailand)- Thakhaek (Khammouane Province)
8. Moukdahan(Thailand)- Friendship Bridge II (Savannakhet Province)
9. Chong Mek (Thailand)- Vang Tao (Champasak Province)
10. Chiangkhong (Chiang Rai, Thailand) – Houixay (Bokeo Province, Laos)
11. Nakaxeng(Loei, Thailand) – Kaenthao(Sayabouly Province, Laos)
12. Bungkan (Thailand)- Pakxan(Bolikhamxay Province, Laos) , no visa on arrival.
10. Nakorn Phanom(Nakorn Phanom, Thailand) – Thakhaek(Khammouane Province, Laos)
13. Chongmek (Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand)- Vangtao( Champasack Province, Laos)

14. Nam Kanh (Vietnam) - Nong Haet (Xieng Khouang Province)
15. Cau Treo (Vietnam) - Nam Phao (Bolikhamxay)
16. Lao Bao(Vietnam) - Dene Savanh (Savannakhet Province)
17. Taichang (Laichau, Vietnam)- Sobhoun( Phongsaly Province, Laos), no visa on arrival
18. Nameo(Thanh Hoa, Vietnam) – Banleui(Huaphanh Province, Laos)
19. Namkan (NgeAn, Vietnam)- Namkan (Xieng Khouang Province, Laos)
20. Napao (Quangbinh, Vietnam) – Chalo (Khammouane Province, Laos) , no visa on arrival
21. Laobao(Quang tri, Vietnam) – Dansavanh (Savannakhet Province, Laos)
22. Dong Calor(Cambodia) - Veun Kham (Champasak Province, Laos), no visa on arrival

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Introduce to Laos

Travel to Laos - Vientiane Capital

If you travel to Laos then you shouldn't miss Vientiane. Vientiane is the capital city of Laos. There are good places for sign seeing and city tour such as that Luang Stupa, Pataxay Monument, Wat Sisaket and Wat Pha Keo. There are many historical places in Vientiane like temples. If you travel a bit out of city, Buddha park is the great temple. There are many buddha images. It's a very beautiful.

Here are the pictures of places in the center of Vientiane

Cultural hall in Vientiane, Laos

Small eating house in Vientiane

Lao omelet with chili sauce

Road in the center of Vientiane capital