Better late than never, one of our writers is Laos bound in the next few days for four solid months of research as he updates our complete Laos coverage from top to tail.
Any tips or suggestions on places, people, restaurants, guesthouses, noodle shops, tuk tuk drivers, pretty walks, boat rides, treks, banana pancakes and tubing much appreciated
Please post any tips in this thread, Adam will keep an eye on it and, as always any assistance will be much appreciated.
Cheers & thanks
On the topic of Laos, we just added a a short photo gallery to the Facebook page for Laos -- some of the pics date back to 1993 - how some thing change You can see the Laos photo gallery here.
Konglor/Na Hin has changed massively due to improvements in the infrastructure - the road to the Konglor cave is now one of the smoothest in SE Asia and the number of tourists coming can only increase.
Na Hin now had a few decent restaurants aimed at tourists and power-company workers and a Western style bar run by friendly English sexpat Bob. There's a much better range of guesthouses to check out. I liked the friendly old English owner of the ultra-basic bamboo bungalows I stayed in (behind his house on the main road) who spoke basic English and cooed at his chickens; don't remember the name though.
Sainamhai, in a riverside location 4km away is an excellent flashpacker/birdwatcher resort (although the food was disappointing) http://www.sainamhairesort.com/
A helpful starting point in that area is the books left behind by visitors to Thakaek Travel Lodge - lots of comments on guesthouses along "the loop" as well as stories of motorcycle mishaps and pictures of chickens.
If your researcher reaches Sepon/Xepon between Savannakhet and the Laos border say hi to Lan (as in 'million') at the well-hidden Western Union - he's good fun, doesn't get much opportunity to "communicate with the foreigner" and will find it hilarious if you're looking at its potential as a stopover for tourists.
#3 enigmatic has been a member since 14/4/2011. Posts: 84
Fresh water stream near Muang Ngoi, I loved it for swimming!
Also, its the only spot in Laos for shrimp....
Is it true there's a dam proposed on the Nam Ou river that would stop the slow boat trip from Nong Khiaw to LP?
Under 'tips and suggestions' you could point out a sports bra is appropriate on the mini bus trip from Luang Prabang to Nong Khiaw, damn that's a bumpy ride.
#5 enday has been a member since 12/9/2012. Posts: 30
We stayed in the following spot:
Kinnaly Guesthouse 21 02 Sisavangvathana Road, Luang Prabang, Laos
It was nice, would be interesting to hear how it's fared in the last couple of years.
#6 chinarocks has been a member since 17/6/2011. Posts: 740