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Yes and yes. There are no universal SIM cards in SE Asia, they all charge roaming fees, which can be quite expensive. It is much easier and more economical to get a pre-paid SIM card in each country as you travel. Or use voip services through your hotel's wifi each night.


There is no regular boat service between Luang Prabang and Vientiane. If you ask around you might find a boat going downstream during high water (rainy season), but it is not something you can count on. You can find buses from LP to Vientiane, the road is a bit bumpy, but nice scenery along the way. You could break the trip up with stops along the way. ...

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