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1. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru 1113 posts) 8y

food is not... accomodations, bangkok is cheaper.

But what about books? where should i go? I can't find second hand books there. What about PIRATED books?

Guitars? I would assume anything important must be expensive.

any recommendations on accomodations in Vang Vien?

Is the plain of Jars worth the visit?

WHAT ABOUT ATMs? Do they charge you more for the transactions. In Bangkok they charge 20 baht per transaction (SIAM bank)...

2. Posted by Budai (Respected Member 506 posts) 8y

There are a few small bookshops in Vang Vieng near the 2nd wooden bridge where people "disembark" from their "tubes" (not cheap though...) Guitars - don't remember seeing any for sale in Vang Vieng, you could try other travellers??

I stayed at the Saysong Guesthouse, right at the end by the river - it was cheap - 2 dollars for 3 beds??? but it was sort of still under construction and there are wires dangling everywhere. But if you're after a cheap deal, this could be your cup of tea. That said, almost one year on, they may have finished their work by now. The other (completed) rooms are not too expensive too. i remember paying like 2 dollars per night sharing a tripe room with 2 other guys,so not too bad then...

The Plains of Jars was just loads of jars scattered over the countryside - pretty self explanatory. Long ride from Vang Vieng to see some enigmatic jars (and some Soviet/American war scrap and craters and tonnes and tonnes of bomb casings and shells.) You decide Not to mention it gets quite cold too at this time of the year (being up in the hills), so be prepared! definitely don't turn up in your Vang Vieng tubing attire...

[ Edit: Edited on Oct 14, 2008, at 4:45 AM by itenerant ]

3. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru 1113 posts) 8y

I might go there next week. VV
I'm in Vientiane, the climate is so hot...
Perhaps not enough carbon dioxide to block the sun.