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Old 05-21-2019, 01:56 PM
 
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I hear it's a good place for backpackers. Vang Vieng is supposed to be quite a party town. If I was 15 years younger, I would be interested in going there.
A good way to ruin a country is to put it on the backpacker circuit. What these countries don't need is a bunch of entitled western kids looking for a place with cheap weed and cheap beer to party in, disrespect the culture, trash it out, and act like jerks. That does nothing to help development.

EDIT - oh crap I am responding to a 2014 thread. We need a necroposting warning! Who brings these dead threads back to life?
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Old 05-24-2019, 12:05 AM
 
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Not to worry old thread. A few changes since thread started > Van Vieng is no longer the back packer 'paradise' of Mekong River tubing while getting ratted on Mekong whisky and perhaps drowning in the process. No that was out lawed a few years back after numerous foreign deaths.


Never understood while many claim Laos boring. It is quite and there is no sex trade as in neighbouring countries, but far from boring. I ate some top notch French food there at a very reasonably price ran by French expats, great breakfasts with freshly baked French bread, great cakes, visited some very pleasant drinking establishments, swan in some wonderful water falls , enjoyed going down the Mekong by small boat, explored part of the mountainous Hmong country on foot and by bike, and very much had a desire to return to explore this little country further. Have yet to so, but three weeks was certainly not long enough not forgetting very easy to make trips from Vientiane (the capital) across the bridge into Thailand if seeking to 'up the tempo'.
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Old 05-24-2019, 01:33 AM
 
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Not to worry old thread. A few changes since thread started >
It is quite and there is no sex trade as in neighbouring countries
OTOH, there does appear to be an active slave trade in Laos.
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