Safety for Women in Laos

Discussion in 'Laos - General Discussion Forum' started by alexiobrien, Oct 18, 2005.

  1. alexiobrien

    alexiobrien Member

    Hi there,
    My sister and I are in our early twenties and are planning to cycle from Vientiane to Luang Prabang in Feb 06. Has anyone done this before and how safe is it for two girls to go by themselves?
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  3. BobS

    BobS Ol'Timer

    Are you talking pedal bike or motorcycle?

    By motorcycle, it is a 1 day trip, and many of us have done it multiple times, with no problems.

    For pedal bike, Lonely Planet publishes a cycling guide that profiles the route. Most people do the rout North to South.


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  4. alexiobrien

    alexiobrien Member

    We're using pedal bikes (I don't think I could be trusted on a motorcycle!!).

    I'm pleased to hear you've had no problems.

    Thanks for your reply.
  5. Craypot

    Craypot Ol'Timer


    I'm sure you've checked all this already in your trip planning but its a good idea to read your country's travel advice for Laos (usually on their state dept. or MFA websites). There are next to no decent medical services in Laos (take a look at the Vang Vieng hospital when you get there). Take a first aid kit and know how to use it. And be careful riding around Vientiane, bag snatching by motorscooter riding thieves is quite common and they're known to be violent on occasion (women are the targets). Oh and be ready for that oncoming 4WD or bus on the wrong side of the road coming around a blind corner.

    If you're in the habit of checking in regularly with family and friends via email during your trips you should let them know if you think you're going to head into an area without internet cafes and check in again once you reach your destination. Families tend to worry when the regular contact stops.

    Have fun.

  6. lunch box

    lunch box Member

    Please post a report after you complete your mission,I got to hear about this one.
    Good luck and enjoy the views!

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