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Alone in Laos

Posted by gempea on 28/11/2006 at 22:33

Hi

I am twenty-two years old and female, and I'm planning on travelling alone through SEA starting in February next year. I'm especially interested in Laos and have read everything I have found about travelling there, however, I have found very little on travelling alone.

Can anyone who has travelled by their self through Laos give me some tips on safety as well as getting good deals and meeting other travellers?

Also, how easy is it to get vegetarian food?

Thanks!

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Posted by steviej on 29/11/2006 at 06:33

Hi gempea, (great user name)

You'll be fine. You just need to keep your head in gear and trust your instincts. So, get your bag packed and don't fret.

Anyway, you’re never really alone; you'll find yourself chatting to all and sundry and they'll be chatting back. There’s quite a ‘Lone Traveller’ fraternity out there in this big wide world of ours which add to the fun.

To top that, South East Asia is by far one of the friendliest places I've ever visited.

I've travelled alone a few times and found doing so quite uplifting, you seem to get a little more involved with the ‘Locals‘ whereas groups tend to stick together, you'll love it.

Anyhow, if we bump into you, you can buy us a BeerLao...... :-)

Chill
stevie

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Posted by Manticore on 4/12/2006 at 20:28

Like stevie said, theres no great worry about solo travel thru Laos. I did it back in April with no problems at all. You will find it a lot easier to meet other travellers and share info. You will meet lots of ppl who came from where you intend to go next. Ask them where they stayed and what they paid. The most relevant info comes from these ppl.

and if I bump into you, stevie can buy us a Beerlao.. :D

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Posted by wanderingcat on 11/1/2007 at 09:08

just spent 2 weeks alone in north Lao. only time I did not meet other tourists was when travelling from Phongsali to Hat Xa to Muang Khua. everywhere else (even in Phongsali) you will never really be alone.

in a little roadside noodle stall in Luang Prabang, I met 3 other lady backpackers who were all travelling solo =) & at a temple across the road, I sat in (at the invitation of the monks) to observe the evening prayers together with another solo female tourist.

when you are alone, locals (especially those wanting to practise their English) will find it less intimidating to approach you. some invited me to their English classes, which was a good way to meet anything from 20+ to 50(!) young locals at one go. but they can be rather shy & it takes time to break the ice.

Pak Beng is one place where I felt less safe at night, but I walked together with a solo male backpacker I met on the boat. When we stuck together the drug pushers left him alone.

like manticore said, some of the best info i got came from fellow travellers who'd already been to where I was planning to go next =) & chances are you'll bump into the same people more than once!

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Posted by gempea on 16/1/2007 at 11:15

Thanks a lot for all your advice!

I'm trying to form an itinerary of sorts for my SEA trip. So far I've got this general plan in mind:

Bangkok - Ko Samui (7 nights) – Bangkok (1 night) - Siem Reap (2 nights) - Vientiane (3 nights) - Vang Vieng (2 nights) - Phonsavanh (2 nights) - Luang Prabang (7 nights) - Hanoi (2 nights) - Beijing

Have I planned too much for a month?

I've already spent time in Bangkok so I'm not planning on spending much time there. I want to get either the ASEAN airpass or the Bangkok/Lao Airways airpass to cut down on overland travel time.

My main interest is in Laos, so should I cut out Hanoi and spend more time there?

Thanks again.

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Posted by steviej on 16/1/2007 at 15:35

Yo,

Doesn't look too bad although you may want to spend another day or two in Siem Reap........................

Chill ;-)
stevie

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