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1. Posted by chinx (Budding Member 53 posts) 10y

hello!!!! i´m thinking about my next trip and í can not decide between guatemala or laos.
have anybody been in both places? help me to decide.i´ve got a month is it enough time for guatemala?
thanks in advance

2. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 10y

Haven't been there, but Guatemala being kinda smallish, I reckon a month would suffice for a first acquaintance.

3. Posted by stiltskin (Full Member 45 posts) 10y

Hi Chinx -
I haven't been to Guatemala but I absolutely fell in love with Laos when I was there - it was my favourite country in South East Asia. Just really laid back, loads of friendly locals and some beautiful scenery. A month would definitely be enough to see everything (although I ended up spending three whole weeks in the Mekong delta - found a really nice bungalow and just couldn't bear to leave it!) Try and do most of your travelling by boat - you get to see some amazing sights and the roads are awful in Laos (at least they were when I was there, but then that was a while ago.)
Anyway, good luck with the decision! Gimme a shout if you need any more advice, as I said it was a while ago since I was there but I'm happy to help if I can.


4. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 10y

I haven't been to Laos yet, but every traveller that I have spoken to who has been there, has spoken very highly about it. I have been to Guatemala, and I must say that I wasn't that impressed about it. Tikal were pretty good, but apart from that it wasn't overly great and the people were not that friendly either.

[ Edit: Edited at Nov 18, 2006 5:37 AM by aharrold45 ]

5. Posted by gwelty (Full Member 83 posts) 9y

Hi Chinx,

(sounds like hijinx).

When are you planning your trip to either country? If you wait about one month I can tell you my opinion having been to both countries. I've been to Guatemala & will be traveling to Laos.

6. Posted by boulderman (Respected Member 418 posts) 9y

Hi, Lao (Lhung Prabang was awesome). Went for a walk at 6am and met a young monk (14 years old) in a monestry having a break, inside I heard the others chanting and singing and after a few minutes he has to go as his "bit" was coming up!

The capital I guess was nice, I stupidly walked everywhere to save $2 for the bike taxi ride.

The america embassy gate was funny as they slid it across as I walked past.

The hoste was the worst ever.

Only spent 3 nights,

would you fly direct? I took Mekong River from Thailand staying in Puk Beng in the high north, awesome! Candlelight india (tasted out of a jar) cuisine! Then 24 hr manic bus to Hanoi, Vietnam.

Also cnstantly bumped into fellow travellers from Bangkok!!!!!

[ Edit: Edited on Mar 15, 2007, at 4:23 PM by boulderman ]