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Adventures in the wild !
>> Description ? The less developed country in Asia means lots of exploration opportunities among minorities villages and untouched nature.
>> Why go there ? Try to escape the crowd of Thailand (bad excuse nowadays) / Follow the flow of backpackers (good excuse nowadays) / Spend some time among minorities, if possible in remote and untouristy villages / Trek around / Become an opium addict (hope not) / Complete Passplanet with more remote localities (hope so) / Relax on tropical islands and watch the Mekong flow /
>> Drawback ? Visiting too late : the crowd is there already ! / The drug business / The worst roads and transports of Asia, making any trip time consuming / The lack of real cultural attractions / The look (or rather lack of look) of some locals who have been confronted with mass tourism too fast / The costs increase /
>> Cultural Highlights ? Luang Prabang's or Vientiane's temples and colonial charms / The ruins of Wat Phu near Champasak
>> Natural Highlights ? The North mountainous area / Kuang Si Falls near Luang Prabang / The scenic Mekong area of Si Phon Don
>> How long ? Two weeks to stay on the track . At least one month to go further away and discover Laos without the crowd but the smiles.
>> Budget ? Around US$7 per day. More if you drink a lot...
>> Visa ? Required. 15 days visa available at the Friendship Bridge or the International Airports for US$30. Best to get a 30 days visa in Bangkok.
>> When to go ? Avoid the rainy season from July to October when some roads are turned into mug swimming pools.
- C.A. - ASIA - China
- HK & Macau - Thailand -
Laos - Cambodia -
Myanmar - Malaysia -
Sg - Indonesia - Nepal