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Just landed at Vientiane - if anyoneโ€™s interested in connecting for a drink or coffeeโ€ฆ..let me know
nielsgeo 3mo
๐Ÿ›ฌ bkwzdnlxmk just arrived in ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Luang Prabang, #laos
nielsgeo 3mo
๐Ÿ›ฌ rzxsdrnnft just arrived in ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Vang Vieng, #laos
nielsgeo 3mo
๐Ÿ›ฌ izzxckubks just arrived in ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Vientiane, #laos
๐Ÿ›ฌ bmlqezeixdmy just arrived in ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Vang Vieng, #laos
Has anyone successfully flown into Laos multiples times within a few months? I was just there 2 months ago and thinking of coming back in for a week but not sure how easy it is to get a new Visa in such a short time.
How is Pakse? I see a direct flight from Ho Chi Minh City
drivlvbbatpxl sleepy but nice for a night or two.
Any nightlife?
elpol 2mo
iikgdkignytle very minor nightlife in Vientiane; a bit more in Vang Vieng. It's not really a 'night out' country ๐Ÿ™‚
you go to pakse to go to 4000 islands. itโ€™s also worth a trip depending on what you are in toโ€ฆ
dianae 2mo
ucggqmtr Hi there ;) I saw the internet score for #laos and it's like 0 :sweat_smile:
What do you think about that ? I really need a pretty good connection to work (as many people) and I don't know what to think about the quality of the connection there.
Any point of view or recommendations? Thanks :)
quaid 2mo
Vientiane is mostly reliable enough and I was getting around 90mbps down and up in some places. Everywhere I went outside of Vientiane was a struggle. Super choppy and unreliable
felixopp 2mo
Been surprisingly quick IMO but haven't been using it for work. Vientiane was super fast. Vieng Vang was so so. LP seems to be a bit choppy. Have had decent LTE on phone throughout.
dianae 2mo
vyxdsiz wjpmypdqsb , thank you guys for your views :)
Iโ€™ll be in Pakse tomorrow, If the internet is not good enough for zoom calls, Iโ€™ll have to take an emergency detour to ventiene
Tried to do the visa on arrival thing, didnโ€™t have USD, had to walk half a block outside the airport to get cash from a BCEL One ATM, which ate my card. Walked back, they let me pay in a combination of VND and THB
Luckily I spoke to the souvenir shop owner before she closed for the day, sold me a lao telecom SIM card, I downloaded the loca app and booked a ride to hotel
So do the evisa ahead of time, donโ€™t be a dummy like me
Now I have to call the bank to see if they will give atm card back
elpol 2mo
rsioxccmbediu sadly all the message history is lost, but I mentioned the USD thing very specifically... They are assholes about it.
Any night recommendations in Vientiene? I found this spot called moonlight lounge.
Just arrived in Vientiane if anyone wants to hangout or cowork
zdqzuiytwzfeqylsp how long are you staying?
I'm actually leaving tomorrow afternoon
It got too cold for me, I bounced to thailand
elpol 25d
I landed in BKK today! Are you here?
Going to terminal 21 food court
Wanna go to Laos for two weeks. Maximum two cities. Need steady and fast internet. Bonus points if hiking is possible. What two places are recommended?
quaid 20d
Vientiane is the only place where the internet can be described as steady and fast in my experience. LP is a great place to visit but internet was flaky for me the entire time. Plenty of decent hiking up there though. Nong Khiaw is nice for hikes but crap for internet
elpol 19d
dxmtqtynwhoy Sadly Internet in Laos is still a bit hit or miss, especially for video-calls. LP is great - I managed to work/call using my phone's data plan, Telecom.
Where did you guys find places in Viantiane? Supply on Airbnb is kinda meh tbh
quaid 17d
Thanks U02JS2LNM7Y. If I enter by train from BKK, do I need an eVisa or do they hand out visa on arrival as well? Only planning to stay for 2 weeks or so
quaid 15d
rtrpwowqrjxw You can get one on arrival. The fee needs to be paid for in USD, cash only, so make sure you have $40-50 in clean undamaged bills (the actual cost depends on your nationality apparently. I think I paid $40 the last time I entered)
Do I need $50 or $20 bills? Or can I pay with a $100 bill and receive change?
quaid 15d
I donโ€™t know tbh, I had the correct amount in $10 bills so Iโ€™m not sure if they do change or not
elpol 13d
Crazy that a (better) specialty coffee in Vientiane is literally 4x cheaper than Bangkok. I'm paying like 1 euro, 1.3 at the most.
detour888 13d
Sounds like Chiang Mai prices.
Anyone in Vientiane in February? Will be there for 2-3 weeks starting 6th of February. ๐Ÿ™‚
elpol 11d
Last I was there a cap at Ristr8to for example was like 60-70 THB IIRC
detour888 11d
Ah really? My neighborhood coffee bar was like 40-50. They wouldnโ€™t even charge me for an extra shot it was glorious
elpol 11d
Yeah just checked and a flat white now is 88 THB. I'm talking about "hipster-fancy" coffeeshop (Roast8ry Lab); of course you can find cheaper. CM in general is miles cheaper than BKK.
elpol 11d
While in a hipsterish place in Vientiane I pay 50 THB max
detour888 11d
Fucking inflation
elpol 10d
I just realized it's 'burning season' here as well, same as in Chiang Mai. It's very bad afternoons & nights, yesterday we reached 180 AQI. aryppiskiprq you might want to reconsider ๐Ÿ˜‚
Ah shit, thanks for the heads up ๐Ÿ˜…
๐Ÿ›ฌ qjknannowd just arrived in ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Luang Prabang, #laos
3 months of shit air ahead. On the plus side, Vientiane has very few working air quality stations so you can just pretend the AQI is lowโ€ฆ
elpol 7d
giajjbeehcdld yep. Shame because the weather is perfect (hot & sunny during the day and cool at night). Prices still nice for a foreigner because the Kip inflation is insane. I see a lot more tourists than back in April.
I am just waiting for the train/border to China to openโ€ฆ.will be amazing to head from Vientiane to Kunming, which is an awesome townโ€ฆ.
๐Ÿ›ฌ cmmgcmtzen just arrived in ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Vang Vieng, #laos
๐Ÿ›ฌ jmrrkipqbejuj just arrived in ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Luang Prabang, #laos
๐Ÿ›ฌ buzzfgzzja just arrived in ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Vientiane, #laos
๐Ÿ›ฌ wgbtwvcabaaey just arrived in Nong Khiauw, #laos
Looking to possibly do my Visa run in Laos again but just did one there about 4 months ago. Does anyone know if Laos immigration has a problem with doing multiple visa runs there from Thailand within the span of 6 months?
elpol 8h
Pff... They are "brother" countries but tbh I would not touch Laos immigration with a 10-foot stick. They can be quite serious and so easy to make trouble for you. I would avoid at all costs.
elpol 8h
People cross the border many times in Nong Khai - Vientiane every day, it's like commuting between towns. I think less fussy there than the airport, for sure. And it always helps if you go with a Lao or Thai, not a lonely farang ๐Ÿ™‚
elpol 8h
I think twice in six months is quite OK tho
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