Meung Sing, Laos
Trip Start Dec 25, 2008
141Trip End Dec 25, 2009
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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.