Meung Sing, Laos

Trip Start Dec 25, 2008
Trip End Dec 25, 2009

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Monday, April 27, 2009

Meung Sing  is approximately 60 klm from Luang Nam Tha.  It really feels like a village. I don't believe there are any sidewalks or any paved roads.  I stayed at the Pulou 2 guesthouse for 50,000/night. A lady stayed at the one next door for 40,000/night!!!  I still have not found out what the huge bugs coming out at nightfall were but they were big!!!!! Once again I felt quite protected with my mosquito net, and bug spray.  It seems that it did keep most of these monsters out of my room!!! Beside these uninvited guests the rooms were quite quaint/rustic and looked like the best option around. There really is not much in town and again the best sites and most interesting landscapes were in the countryside.  Again, I rented a bike. I believe that they were 20,000 per day ( no competition so could charge more!!!) I later found out that the owner of this business rents bikes during the day and everynight he returns to his village to teach english for  a couple of hours.  I actually found this out when I ran into a couple of his students on the road  near his village. Villages I biked to were Sopeemai, Huakhoua, Tapao, Thongmai, Namda, Huaikhoth, Pheyer . . .

I really enjoyed Laos for all the amazing bike rides I had in the countryside and the people that I met along the way, We couldn't say much but the hand gestures, the smiles, the sabaidees all made for  great days and a great month in Laos. We have to remember that it is a developing country and I would say that basically the only city is Vientienne.  Luang Prabang and Paksi would be the next most developed places. Otherwise you will mainly be visiting villages or towns with just the basics.  Many roads are unpaved and if you travel in March it will be very hot and dusty. If you are looking to go back in time than Laos is the country for you.

Again, for a single female, I feel that this country is very safe although I would be sure to stay in well lit areas after dark.

If you travel by bus be warned -  many Laotians get motion sickness and if they are not sick then they are spitting out the window or on the floor and this goes for men, women, boys, girls . . . Make sure you get to the bus station early and get on the bus to get a front seat for a smoother ride as the vomiting happens mostly in the back seats!!!! Many buses do not have assigned seats.
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