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11. Posted by CanadaGuy (Respected Member 199 posts) 9y

You can always get what you want out of your travels no matter where you are. I just returned (yesterday) from a 3 month trip including 1 month in Laos and 4 days in the currently discussed Vang Vieng and loved the area. If drinking to excess, doing drugs and hanging out all day at riverside bars and swinging from the "flying fox" is not your thing , which certainly was not my goal either, then no one forces you to do theses things. But the scenery in the area is beautiful, the karst landscapes are breathtaking and it is a great area for biking, hiking etc. I spent a great day kayaking the area rivers. The caves are interesting, and worth exploring. And sure after traveling in areas that are far more "foreign" , if you follow me, if you want to spend a night or 2 in a far more familiar type environment and watch TV or an english movie, I have no problem with that. I actually do have a bit more of a problem with the attitiude of some travellers who come with the attitude that they are somehow better than everyone else, thier way of travelling is superior or somehow of higher moral value, that they know the more "authentic" way of doing things.... Just because it is not for you doesn't mean it won't be a great experience for others.

12. Posted by flanbos (Budding Member 24 posts) 9y

ive just been doing some reserch for my upcoming trip and have decided that so many people ( me incuded) use travell guidebooks becasue they actually have relivent info on places most people want to visit and all in the one spot.

it can be quite hard trying to figure out where you want to go and see without the guidebooks

just my thorughts
cheers

13. Posted by Vicky06 (Budding Member 8 posts) 9y

Hi guys, thanks for your replies so far...its an interesting topic..

Just a few more thoughts..

As travelfair mentioned, she's heard many people comparing Laos to the ‘untouched’ Thailand of 20 yrs ago..and in my experience this is ONE significant reason why so many people enjoy their visit to the country and always refer to it as the highlight of their trip…“because there it felt like I got closer to experiencing the real asia”. However, by encouraging the creation of these westernised backpacker enclaves are we gradually destroying some of the major factors contributing to our reasons for visiting in the first place??

Indeed, does no one else worry that in the long term as the number of backpackers visiting increase that the place's original charm will be lost? Do you not also worry that local people will become increasingly dependant on tourist revenue? I find this particularly worrying considering the trend towards finding and exploring new and increasingly exotic places..

In time (with the world becoming increasingly accessible to us) will Laos be dismissed as a 'tame' option that has lost its authenticity and forgotten in favour of new destinations that will then be compared to the 'unspoilt' Laos of 20 yrs ago?????

14. Posted by HafJafMark (Respected Member 291 posts) 9y

Vicky06

In time (with the world becoming increasingly accessible to us) will Laos be dismissed as a 'tame' option that has lost its authenticity and forgotten in favour of new destinations that will then be compared to the 'unspoilt' Laos of 20 yrs ago?????

Thats one of the great things about travelling, all our tourist dollars and euros are being ploughed into places that really need it. It may 'spoil' it for us, but it puts food on a lot of otherwise struggling family tables. And that surely cant be a bad thing.

15. Posted by andyt_uk (Budding Member 42 posts) 9y

I was in Vang Vieng about a week ago,
it is completely different to the rest of Laos,but personally I thought it was really good place to meet people and have a good time.To be honest theres ony so much trekking and stuff I can do,sometimes good to sit in a bar and get drunk with familiar people! I havnt met anyone so far who didnt have a good time in Vang Vieng!

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