I plan to travel to Laos during Apr next year. I hear that its the time of their new year. Has any one travled during this time of the year. Wanted to know how accomadation and transport is like during this time.
I'll be planing to travel to Vientiane, Luang Prabang, Pak Beng and Huay Xai during this time. Any advice on this would be very helpful to plan out my trip. Also can any one recommend some cheep but good places to stay at the above given towns?
Any advice.To do or not to?
I did the Lao New Year festival in April about 5 years ago. Lots of fun and very, very wet. And that damned powder in your face and in your hair. I about lost my temper when I got over-powdered on a bus one day. Some of the celebrants get a bit too carried away! It can be a wonderful experience but transportation does slow down and it's hard to get from city during this time of the year. I pretty much stayed in Vientiane during that week and just walked around everywhere. Be prepared to get soaked and you'll have a great time, otherwise it can all be very annoying.
Visiting Luang Prabang, Laos during April, will be engaged in a very expensive accommodation, but no choice, because it is the most peak travel season for Luang Prabang in April. I used to stay at MuongLao Guest House when i visit Luang Prabang last December..
enjoy your trip to Laos, cheers.
In Vang Vien I stayed at Nana's guesthouse. It was good, clean and cheap accomodation - only $4 for a double room and you get free coffee, laos tea and laos bananas. The staff were really nice too and it didn't have a curfew which a few places seemed to have It was also furthest away from the 'friends' cafes and a two minute walk from the bus station (we got a tuk tuk for some reason and hadn't even sat down before we were there )