Hi fellow FISH,
Right; firstly, I've been looking in for some time now to get a feel.
Secondly, I'm planning to travel to Loas, Cambodia and Vietnam for around 30ish days March to April 2007 (I like to plan!!). Up to now I'm looking at flying into Vientiane and flying home from Saigon. I DEFINITELY need to see Angkor Wat and I'd like very much to do a homestay on the Mekong Delta.
I'd like to get a little off the 'beaten track' and after reading a few posts here it seems Vang Vieng is suffering from 'overload' so has anybody got any other suggestions for Loas. I think Angkor and Phnom Penh are on the cards and southern Vietnam as I'll finish off in Phu Quoc for a bit of diving and relaxing before heading home.
So come on, what do you reckon??
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For an out-of-the-way stop in Laos, if you are willing to try your luck on a Lao Airways (Chinese built) Y-12 for the short flight from Luang Prabang, I'd recommend Phonsavanh and the Plain of Jars in Xieng Khoang Province. It's a great alternative stopover between Vientiane and Luang Prabang, and interesting in terms of history and culture. I had a great time there over three days in December 2003. There were precious few western tourists too - so much so that a few children in the market actually cried when they saw me. It isn't the end of the universe, but it is close, and could be a good jumping off point for even more obscure destinations.
There were also regular flights directly from Vientiane to Phonsavanh on the French built ATR-72s. Have fun.
Good advice there by exacto.
Laos has a pretty well beaten tourist trail nowadays, but it is easy to jump off whenever you want and go exploring. Further up in the north, Muang La and Phongsali are both fine destinations -- but really with Laos you can throw a dart at the map and almost for sure end up somewhere interesting.