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Thailand and Laos (and Myanmar if I can manage it)

Hello, Sawatdee kaa and Sabai dee,

My next trip will be Thailand and Laos, and this is all about the before, the trip and the after - similar to my Malaysia/Cambodia blog. I am putting together from start to finish - tickets, do's and don'ts, tours, where to stay, places to see, things to do, as well as useful extras like transport, good places to eat, what to wear, climate, tourist traps, tricks and tips and whatever else I can think of that will be useful.

If you have any tips or advice, please, feel free to leave a comment and add your bit - whatever you think may be helpful or interesting.

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Saturday, October 16, 2010

29. Visas

For information regarding visas and travel documents, please click the link above. This can be found at the top of the page under "Visas".

Friday, October 15, 2010

28. The Nagi of Mekong - fact or fallacy?

Those who have been reading this blog may remember me posting about my proposed trip on the Nagi of Mekong from Huay Xai to Luang Prabang.

What I find strange - I have been unable to find any photos of the Nagi. Other than those on adisak's website, there is nothing, absolutely nothing. This I find peculiar - every body takes photos of their holidays and trips, so why are there none taken by tourists/passengers who have travelled on this Nagi? Does the boat actually exist or is it a phantom? A mythical boat of an over-active imagination or just a scam?

I am not saying it is a scam nor am I making accusations ~ but I have an enquiring mind and I for one would like to get to the bottom of this. Where are the reviews? Where are the photos? Where are the happy snaps?

I did read one positive review which was posted last November (2009), yet have read more than one negative review.

Apart from the email saying my booking had been accepted, I have received no further communication regarding my query about their overnight package, although in the same email confirming my seat on the Nagi it said, and I quote, "Let me get back to you about the bungalow at Baan Nai Sra in a day or two." That was on the 10th August. It is now October - two months later. He never did get back to me. I am still waiting.

Am I right to have... concerns? Where is the booking number and reference number? Seems a funny way to do business.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

27. Green Discovery

I came across a tour company in Laos called Green Discovery. A friend said he'd had several experiences with them going through their Vientiane office and wasn't happy with them and knew of others in the same boat. Yet someone else said they'd heard negative reviews from their Luang Prabang branch.

Perhaps they have lifted their game by now, perhaps not. If you do use this company it may be wise to ask around first. Remnember the Boy Scouts motto - Be prepared.
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