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    Luang Prabang

    4.5
    53 reviews

    One of my favorite towns in the world. Arrive by slowboat down the Mekong from north Thailand and arrive to soak in the serenity. While the town has definitely become a hotspot on the backpacker trail, it maintains a lot of its laid back charm. Wake at sunrise to watch the monks parade through the streets in bright orange robes ...

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    Vientiane

    3.5
    23 reviews

    This is about the quietest southeast Asian capital there is. I spent a few days here and while it's not terribly exciting, on the other had it is quite relaxed. Many travelers skip it. I wouldn't necessarily avoid Vientiane, but I don't know if I would recommend going out of your way to come here. But overall a pleasant city.

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    Vang Vieng

    4
    15 reviews

    Vang Vieng is an anomaly. Its beautiful setting in the karst mountains make it a legit destination. But the place has been corrupted by insensitive backpackers in the last 10 years. Floating (tubing) down the tranquil river can be a super mellow experience, but in recent years has been tarnished by the stupidity of backpackers who have killed themselves by ...

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    Pakse

    3.5
    2 reviews

    Keep moving... if you fly here to get to the islands, make sure you have it planned so you do not need to stay here. Not a nice town, it's just for passing through to get to your next destination.

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    Don Det

    4.5
    3 reviews

    4000 Islands, in the Meekong, is not a place in Laos many people make it down to, but it is truly worth the trek. The island communities are remote and relatively un-touristic. It was great for some downtime and some nature - beautiful waterfalls, amazing hikes, mellow, uncrowded beaches. The locals are friendly and happy to help with questions or ...

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    Phonsavan

    4.5
    3 reviews

    nice town, friendly people, the jars - old history and the bombs- new history,

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    Huay Xai

    3.5
    2 reviews

    The Laos border town across the Mekong river from Thailand, and the most logical point of entry for those coming from Chiang Mai, you're unlikely to do much but pass thru unless you're taking in The Gibbon Experience in the nearby Bokeo Nature Preserve, but should you find yourself here for a couple days, rest assured that it's a sleepy ...

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    Champasak

    4
    2 reviews

    Really stayed on Don Deang island, just down from Champasak. Really nice get away. Champasak is a sleepy town, but a good base to see Wat Phou, which is a must if you are a temple junkie like me!

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    Nong Khiaw

    4
    2 reviews

    Nong Khiaw is a gateway town along the Ou River in Laos. But Nong Khiaw is worth your time, with decent accommodation and lots of restaurants with excellent local cuisine. In fact, I had some of my favorite Laotian food in Nong Khiaw . It is also well-connected to a network of roads. The easiest way to reach Nong Khiaw ...

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    Don Khon

    4
    1 review
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    Luang Namtha

    4
    1 review

    Small town in the north of Laos that most people visit as a base for hill tribe trekking. I didn't do any treks but Luang Namtha was good place to relax for a few days and get oriented to life in Laos. One of the days I took a bicycle out to some of the villages. The scenery of rice ...

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