Speedboats obviously get you from A to B faster than slow boats but they're more dangerous, more uncomfortable, worse for the environment, noisy and don't provide any opportunity or inclination to enjoy the scenery.
In contrast, a slow boat is the traditional method of transportation on the rivers of Laos and affords the leisure to watch the banks of the river go past. However, if a slow boat is overloaded, it too can be quite uncomfortable and unsafe in the event of an accident, which is not common but does happen. If you feel a boat is overloaded don't get on it. At least one a day usually departs to most destinations, or you can always charter a whole boat at a fairly reasonable price and be more in control of the situation.
Please find below some of the more frequently asked questions (FAQ) people have about travelling to Laos. We've tried to answer all the most frequently asked questions, but if you have another query about Laos, please try our Travelfish messageboard.
Is it possible to rent rooms or dormitories for longer periods of time while travelling in Laos?
Rooms: Is a fan room ok, or should I budget for air-on?
Should I take my own padlock for the door of my room while travelling in Laos?
What should I do if a bag is stolen from my room or dormitory while travelling in Laos?
What standard of accommodation can I expect for US$5 in Laos?
Why are there so few dormitories in Laos?
Why are there so few hostels in Laos?
Can I drink the tap water in Laos?
How can I avoid MSG in Laos?
How do I avoid peanuts in Laos?
I have a food allergy -- what should I do when travelling in Laos?
Is there good vegetarian food in Laos?
Is western food available in Laos?
Are credit cards accepted in Laos?
Are there ATMs in Laos?
Can I send money out of Laos?
How can I have money sent to me in Laos?
Should I bring travellers cheques, credit/debit cards or cash to Laos?
Should I tip in Laos?