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Backpacking Laos

A March 2003 trip to Laos by AndreSTGT

Quote: I spent just over three weeks in Laos crossing the border at Huay Xay in the north and leaving the country near Pakse in the south. I visited Luang Nam Tha, Muang Sing, Udomxay, Luang Prabang, Vang Vieng, Vientiane, Savannakhet, the Bolaven plateau, Champasak and Si Phan Don.

Backpacking Laos

Overview

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Laos is a beautiful country with friendly people who still lead very simple lives. Even in provincial capitals, electricity works only a few hours a day and the infrastructure is, especially in the north, very underdeveloped. With the exception of the old royal town of Luang Prabang, there are not too many cultural sites in the country (compared to its neighbors), but it's a fantastic place to enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and the relatively unspoilt nature. In spite of the weak infrastructure, it's very easy to travel around Laos, if you don't expect a great deal of comfort. The country is very safe and theft and scams are still rare; this might change, however, with the increasing tourism...Read More
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There are many atmospheric places on the shore of the Mekong in Laos. Many of them have bamboo terraces overlooking the river and you sit on mats on the floor.


The food is cheap and Ok, but you don't come here for the food, but to enjoy the atmosphere and have a beer.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 19, 2004

Sabaidee Restaurant

Restaurant

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They offer an interesting mixture of Asian and Western food, and their milkshakes are to die for (mango, coffee-banana). I really enjoyed the spaghetti with coriander pesto and onion baguette.

Delicious spring rolls.

Very moderate prices!

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 19, 2004

Sabaidee Restaurant
36 Setthathirath Road
Vientiane, Laos
+856 21 214 278

Le Safran

Restaurant

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Michelle, an English girl I met in Muang Sing, told me about this place and insisted that I go there and try the chocolate soufflé.

So I went. OK, I have to admit that it was not as divine as she promised, but still, for people who have spent many weeks in Asia, this might be heaven. They also have crèpes and ice cream.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on July 19, 2004

Le Safran
43 Thanon Nokeo Khumman
Vientiane, Laos
+856 21 215 626

Nang Khambang

Restaurant

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The best Lao food in Laos! The simple Nang Khambang was my favorite Lao restaurant in the country, and dirt cheap, too.


The grilled quail with sticky rice and chili sauce was delicious... but the salad with raw marinated beef was truly to die for.


Mains are around 15.000kip (1,60€).

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 19, 2004

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AndreSTGT

AndreSTGT
Stuttgart, Germany

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