Bye Bye Laos


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August 12th 2007
Published: August 13th 2007
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So the Lao chapter of my trip has come to an end, and overall the impression I have of this country is outstanding. It is very small, has been at the centre of many conflicts, still has got a long way in terms of development, and is relatively recently open to tourism, and I really hope it keeps it's authenticity.

Things I loved about Laos:
- The friendliness fo the people.
- It's cheap: a meal can easily be bought for 1-3 USD
- Lao coffee: reminds me a bit of turkish coffee (it's quite thick) but is served with condensed milk, hmm
- the town of Luang Prabang
- The 2 day trek I did in the mountains (and the chicken head game!)
- This being the country in which I experienced my first travelling solo experience.
- It's hassle free for a woman to travel alone
- Not much touting from people trying to sell stuff
- Beer Lao, the national beer, but the Dark kind
- Sticky rice
- fresh fruit juices available everywhere
- Eaten lots of stuff at the markets

What I disliked:
- Vang Vieng
- The dust, it's everywhere. I learned white clothes were not a Good Idea for travelling
- The night buses
- The impossibility to feel clean (with the dust/sweat)
- Food regime outisde of big towns being pretty much bread/rice/banana/cakes..

Obviously the positive aspects overweigh super heavily the negative ones.

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