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1. Posted by Boobeasta (Budding Member 6 posts) 8y

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Hey SE Asia Buffs,

My friend and I are planning to take a three week bus/train journey overland from Singapore all the way to Bejing, China. I only have three weeks to do it. I pretty much have the itinerery for the rest of the trip worked out, but I am unfamiliar with Laos. I'll be traveling via bus through Laos from Thailand and then into China at Bolten (sp?). With the few day's I'll have in Laos, what are the no miss spots. Me and my buddy are both in out mid twenties. We like being out late. I've heard of a lazy river/river bars intertube ride, but I have no idea where that is. Other than this, I'm clueless about stuff to see.

Anyone made this journey before? Or have any ideas for me. I'm pretty travel saavy, and am ready for this epic bus ride.....

Also, if anyone has anything to say, tips, stories, about the idea of a three week bus ride from Singapore to Bejing, please share. Thanks for any help. Happy adventuring

2. Posted by Budai (Respected Member 506 posts) 8y

Quoting Boobeasta

We like being out late. I've heard of a lazy river/river bars intertube ride, but I have no idea where that is.

That is in Muang Vang Vieng, about 3 hours from the capital Vientiane. The town comes alive at night as travellers congregate in town for dinner and drinks after the days activities, which include tubing the Nam Song, kayaking, rock climbing etc... If u like plenty of outdoors activities and some places to hang out into the night, then this is the place for you.

Near the China border at Boten you might want to stop at Luang Nam Tha or Muang Sing. I was there just last month and the trekking, coupled with village homestays in the Nam Ha Reserve was an unforgettable experience. Definitely the highlight of my trip.

Other than that regal Luang Prabang is also a good spot to stop and chill for a few days on the way up to China if u can spare the time.

3. Posted by jadeverell (Respected Member 255 posts) 8y

I have to admit, loas was my favorite place that i visited, i only wished that i stayed longer. Tubing was fantastic....did it 3 times! Cruising down the river for 6 hours, with plenty of stop off's for food, beer and a little homoe-grown 'herb'.
it's what life was made for.

Yeh, try and get yourself to Laos for as long as you can. very relaxing place.

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 28, 2008, at 7:46 AM by jadeverell ]

4. Posted by HaadRinGuide (Travel Guru 542 posts) 8y

I'm not a very strong swimmer so do you know if you have to be a good swimmer to do the river tubing? Are you sitting in a rubber tube?

5. Posted by algore (Full Member 88 posts) 8y

Wow, you want to do that in three weeks? You'll be spending A LOT of that time on the bus or train I can tell you. Why not try end up in Hong Kong or somewhere closer? Beijing is a long way from SE Asia and the trains in China aren't especially easy to deal with.

As for Laos, Vang Vieng, Vientiane, Luang Prabang and Phonsavan were some cool places I went to. I did those in about 13 days so I'm not sure how many you're going to be able to fit in on your whirlwind tour.

Good luck and have fun sitting on a bus for three weeks. I hope you enjoy it! You'll get a taste but you really should come back again to see the full experience.

6. Posted by Budai (Respected Member 506 posts) 8y

Quoting Emmett70

I'm not a very strong swimmer so do you know if you have to be a good swimmer to do the river tubing? Are you sitting in a rubber tube?

Yea, you sit/lie in the tube. You dont have to be a good swimmer to do the tubing - its highly unlikely youll fall off as it all goes along very slowly. 6 hours to complete a 4 km stretch of water, so try to start early in the morning, or youll end up half frozen and still drifting along in the darkness (on the route to Vientiane ) which was what i did (i started at 3, by the way).

And even if you fall off, the water is really shallow, so no worries if you can at least float and swim. If you cant, you can always get a lifejacket from the tubing operator, just to be extra sure. Hope that answers your question ;)