So, I'm going to SE ASIA after a trip in China, where I cross over to Vietnam to do the nothern part of the contry. The plan so far is to go from Hanoi to Laos somehow and somewhere.
The question is this: What is the best way to get in to laos, and do anyone have an itinerery suggestion for laos for 3 weeks..? thinking of ending the trip with the slowboat out to thailand (to chiang mai).
I have done some reading about the subject, but is it normal to travel straight from Hanoi to vientiane? isn't there a trip from Hanoi to somewhere northeast in Laos, so one can start the trip from there?
BTW: was wondering what people have to say about the south part of laos? is it worth going there just for the 40 000 islands thing?
A lot of questions here :p but i really appreciate all the ideas and suggestions you all have.
thank you so much! can't wait to travel!
BTW: I'm really into scenery, nature and hiking :p so that's the MAIN focus on the trip, but of course not the only thing that is important! hehe
You will most likely head to Luang Prabang in Laos first when heading from northern vietnam, you can do it overland or by a short flight.
Make sure you visit Sapa in northern Vietnam before you leave. One of the most beautiful places in all of Vietnam.
If you are planning on heading to Chiang Mai from Laos you should cross the border at Huay Xai in Laos. I would definitely recommend a trip into the Bokeo forest, The Gibbon Experience was great!!
I traveled Vietnam - Laos - Cambodia - Thailand, you might get a few good ideas if you check out my blog. kylemac.travellerspoint.com
I was told by traveler, who has lived in Thailand for months, that the Thousand island lake in the South of Laos is really amazing...
I'm sure you've seen amazing sceneries in China, but this would be the Laos counterpart. I would go see it this year.
You might as well hit the capital of Laos, before you go to Luang Prabang. If you are coming from Hanoi or Vinhn.