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  • Mountains in Laos Mountains in Laos

    • From: joe8211943
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      Beautiful mountains near the town of Vang Vieng in Laos.

    • 2 years ago
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  • "Tanzania Volunteer Vacation" "Tanzania Volunteer Vacation"

    • From: eeliza13
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      The sunset over the Song River in Vang Vieng, Laos.

    • 4 years ago
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  • Karst Peaks of Vang Vieng, Lao Karst Peaks of Vang Vieng, Laos

    • From: floatinglow
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      Vang Vieng in Laos is surrounded by friendly rural villages and impressive karst peaks riddled with caves and rivers.  You can spend days biking, hiking, caving, tubing, and mingling with locals. 

    • 4 years ago
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  • Bicycle on a Dirt Road... Vang Bicycle on a Dirt Road... Vang Vieng, Laos

    • From: floatinglow
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      Vang Vieng in Laos is surrounded by friendly rural villages and impressive karst peaks riddled with caves and rivers.  You can spend days biking, hiking, caving, tubing, and mingling with locals. 

    • 4 years ago
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  • Girls biking home from school. Girls biking home from school... Vang Vieng, Laos

    • From: floatinglow
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      Vang Vieng in Laos is surrounded by friendly rural villages and impressive karst peaks riddled with caves and rivers.  You can spend days biking, hiking, caving, tubing, and mingling with locals. 

    • 4 years ago
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  • A boy and his action figure... A boy and his action figure... Vang Vieng, Laos

    • From: floatinglow
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      Vang Vieng in Laos is surrounded by friendly rural villages and impressive karst peaks riddled with caves and rivers.  You can spend days biking, hiking, caving, tubing, and mingling with locals. 

    • 4 years ago
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  • Kutti thevangu a rare specious Kutti thevangu a rare specious in kerala forest

    • From: theanand
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      utti thevangu a rare specious came out from forest to see people  

    • 4 years ago
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  • high rise mountain in spain high rise mountain in spain

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  • high rise mountain in spain high rise mountain in spain

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  • mike vang

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  • Okavango Delta Okavango Delta

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  • Laid-Back Laos Laid-Back Laos

    • From: patrickmurphy
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      LAID-BACK LAOS

      I entered Laos from the town of Nong Khai in northeast Thailand via the Friendship Bridge which spans the Mekong River (the common border between Thailand and Laos). My two-week tour here followed one of the typical tourist paths from Vientiane to Luang Prabang, via Vang Vieng. The trip was very relaxing and uneventful, which was just fine with me. Similar to Cambodia, Laos is now beginning to see it's fair-share of development and tourism. Many people I spoke to describe it as the Thailand of 20 years ago, as it is still very, very laid-back and the modern western world has not yet invaded the country (no McDonald's, no KFC, and ATM's are in short supply...only a few in Vientiane and that's it!). Similar to other parts of Southeast Asia, the people are quite friendly. People in Laos also take relaxation seriously. With the exception of maybe Baja California, I've never visited a place so relaxed. On more than one occasion I had to wake a sleeping taxi driver resting in his hammock in the back of his tuk-tuk or wake up the Internet guy from behind his desk to get service. No worries here.

      The food is very tasty and pretty spicy. I learned that Lao food is actually quite different than Thai food in that it is prepared a bit more dry (use of less oils/liquids), mainly due to the use of sticky rice which doesn't fair well if soaked in liquids. My favorite dishes were laap (diced marinated meat, onion, garlic, mint, hot chilli peppers, and lime juice), and the tom mak houng salad (raw papaya, chilli peppers, peanuts, sugar, fermented fish sauce, and lots of lime juice). The culinary treat of the trip was in Luang Prabang at "A Taste of Laos" which served a wonderful lemon grass chicken (cooked and served in lemon grass shoots), sticky rice (which you roll up into small balls), and a tangy dipping sauce consisting of chilli peppers and crushed peanuts. The restaurant also provided wonderful service in that the staff and menu did a great job at explaining the origins of Lao food, preparation techniques, and an extensive sampling menu to experience the various dipping sauces available. Laos also gets the award for the best coffee of my trip thus far, as well as one of the very best beers of the trip (Beer Laos). Due to the French influence of years past, there are also some fine bakeries in each town with great fresh bread and pastries.

      One thing I was not taught in school is the fact that Laos is the most bombed country on the planet as a result of U.S. bombing campaigns in the 1960's and 1970's. The bombing has resulted in much of the land in northeastern and eastern Laos being virtually unusable due to UXO's (unexploded ordnance). The ordnance that has been detonated and has left scores of people with missing limbs, providing a harsh reminder of our past actions. Maybe someday we will learn from them. VIENTIANE Yes, even the capital city (pop. 200,000) is laid-back! This pleasant city has wide landscaped boulevards, manageable traffic and virtually zero car horns, and provides a nice mix of old French colonial buildings and Laos temples/wats/stupas. Side-streets are well shaded by huge trees which reminded me quite a bit of Chico. Key sites visited included the huge Victory Monument (Patuxay), That Dam (an impressive black stupa), Pha That Luang (impressive golden stupa that is Laos' national symbol), as well as many other temples/wats scattered throughout the city.

      VANG VIENG

      A 5-hour bus ride north of Vientiane brought me to Vang Vieng, which I still don't know what to make of. The town is located in a beautiful setting with a river running right through town and beautiful limestone crags providing the backdrop. Between the river and mountains is some beautiful countryside with rice paddies and many, many caves which I explored on a great bicycle ride). The town itself, however, is pretty much overrun with travelers from Europe and the U.S. in their early 20's who hang out in cafes and Internet shops during the day, wonder the streets drunk in the evening and watch re-runs of "Friends" (I kid you not, there must be 30 different restaurants/bars that only show episode after episode of "Friends" at night...quite strange). This scene just seemed to be so out-of-place compared to the rest of Laos. So, don't come to Vang Vieng for a true Laos cultural experience.

      LUANG PRABANG

      The drive from Vang Vieng was one of the most beautiful of my entire journey as the roadway wound its way up and down green mountains and passed through banana and palm plantations, terraced rice fields, and through numerous small villages...and only one flat tire! The town of Luang Prabang is a very, very nice town...a real gem. It's been designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO due to its wonderful old French Colonial buildings and numerous temples. Due to the numerous temples, monks in their orange robes are everywhere, as well as the peaceful sounds of drums and chanting. The town is located at the confluence of two rivers (the Mekong and Nam Khan) and is densely vegetated. There are fine restaurants/cafes in the main part of town as well as some great outdoor eateries along the banks of the Mekong. There's also a nice nightly market. The scenic area is also known for some fantastic boat rides up the Mekong River, but my butt had experienced enough hard boat benches by that time (tours in Vietnam and Cambodia), so I passed on another boat ride.

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    • 6 years ago
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