I headed up to Tripoli, a city some 80km from Beirut. Talal, from the hostel, told me how to get there for LL2000. It was well worth the visit! The place was teaming with life, and a very different cultural experience from Beirut.
The old souk was definitely worth visiting, you will be amazed by the range of cloths, spices and food that is sold there. When you are finished with the souk there is a great castle worth seeing nearby.