Read Your Guidebook Before Flying

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By: sachilefever on June 24, 2006 - 6:00am

In Chiang Mai, we were offered two options to get to Luang Prabang, Laos. The slow boat would take a couple of days where you sit on a wooden plank for 10 hours per day and can't lean back on the metal siding because the sun makes it too hot to touch (though we've heard varied stories). Or fly in 50 minutes on Lao Airlines. We chose to fly.

As the plane took off I read our Rough Guide to Southeast Asia's instructions for getting around by planes. Here's what I read to Lee:

Most Western embassies still have travel advisories warning against flying Lao airlines. For some travellers flying Lao Airlines demonstrates bravado, but it's not really something you want to do unless you absolutely have to. 

We made it just fine. Our bravado now seems to be unstoppable. 


By: Paul , Travel Asia Pacific (not verified) on June 24, 2006 - 10:03am
Rough Guides are one of the best travel books. I usually have at least three different guides -- Rough Guides, Lonely Planet and one Handbook series.
By: leelefever on June 25, 2006 - 10:47pm
We've been trying as many as we can. It's a standard and certainly the most available, but we still like Lonely Planet too.
By: JJ (not verified) on June 26, 2006 - 12:02pm

you might want to keep them big balls, I mean bravado, in hand for the bus ride from LP to Ventienne....there are small barf bags tied to the ceiling hand rails and they are routinely used....a suprising amount by the locals.

It sounds like all is going super and we are having a blast following you guys around the world from our home in Virginia.... peas. JJ

ps definitely check out the river town b/t LP and Ventienne.....


By: leelefever on June 26, 2006 - 10:44pm
Hey JJ! So I guess u guys have said goodbye to S. Cakalacky. Hope the new place is treating u right. We are in said river town right now- Vang Vieng. The river tubing will take place tomorrow... :)
By: Christi (not verified) on June 30, 2006 - 3:40am
Y'all know that travel warning would have done me in if I were already mid-flight. Congrats to you for being fearless! Sheesh.