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.
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.
Some places in Laos are already quite touristy, which has less to do with the actual number of tourists, but rather with the problem that they are very concentrated in the small Laotian villages.
Laos is a very cheap country to travel in. Depending on the region, a basic, but usually tidy, room costs between and , and for public transport, travelers don't have to pay more than locals who earn a month.
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
Delicious spring rolls.
Very moderate prices!
36 Setthathirath Road
+856 21 214 278
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
43 Thanon Nokeo Khumman
+856 21 215 626
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