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  1. Ryan Biddulph
    January 19, 2018 @ 10:26 pm

    I loved my 3 weeks in Laos, in 2012. Awesome place. Thank goodness VV stopped being a party town. It was a gorgeous spot but drunk Western kids half clothed were terrible for the community. I look forward to returning and yep, it is a wee dusty too 🙂

    Ryan

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    • dankiteski
      January 22, 2018 @ 10:34 am

      Yeah, Laos is such an amazing place that often gets forgotten by travelers backpacking Southeast Asia. I hope this article will inspire more people to visit 😀

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  2. Wiki
    January 22, 2018 @ 12:56 pm

    Hello ,

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    I love pets. I have two beautiful thai cats called Tammy(female) and Yommo(male). Yommo is 1 year older than Tommy. He acts like a bigger brother for her. 🙂
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    Keep up the good work on your blog.

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    Wiki

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    • dankiteski
      January 23, 2018 @ 10:26 am

      Hi Wiki,

      Thank you for subscribing and for your kind words. I’m really glad you like my website. Your cats look adorable btw 😀

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  3. Soumya Gayatri
    October 6, 2018 @ 5:16 pm

    Hey, this comes just at the perfect time for me. We are planning a trip to Laos in December and your post gives me a number of helpful tips. Thanks for sharing.

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    • dankiteski
      October 7, 2018 @ 8:57 pm

      I’m glad you could get some useful tips here, Soumya. Thank you for your comment

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  4. Shreya Saha
    January 23, 2019 @ 9:40 am

    You refreshed my Laos memories. Great list to read before visiting Laos. I knew few of these rules like the one you mentioned of using feet nowhere else but walking – that’s similar to Thailand. And, would you believe I have a photo of the same lady with so many vegetarian food? I am not kidding. Isn’t it the vegetarian food stall where you can fill your bowl as much as you want for 15,000 kip?

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    • dankiteski
      January 26, 2019 @ 7:13 pm

      Thank you Shreya, I’m really glad you liked it. As for the lady, I remember the food was very cheap but I don’t remember if it was all you want for 15k. It would be awesome if it would be the same one 🙂

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  5. Sinjana Ghosh
    January 23, 2019 @ 8:53 pm

    Laos looks awesome. I love the french influence in the architecture. Love the fact that it has so many river islands even though it is landlocked.

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    • dankiteski
      January 26, 2019 @ 7:14 pm

      Thank you, Sinjana

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  6. Jane Dempster-Smith
    January 23, 2019 @ 10:17 pm

    I really enjoyed our time in Laos. Your article brought back memories. We were in Vientiane and heading to Vang Vieng and a traveller said to us we were crazy to visit there, there was nothing to do. We planned 3 days and ended up staying 7. So we vowed never to listen to other travellers and just go and find out for ourselves.

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    • dankiteski
      January 26, 2019 @ 7:14 pm

      Thank you Jane, for your comment and for sharing your experience. I’m glad to hear this article brought back some nice memories.

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  7. Anda
    January 24, 2019 @ 2:58 am

    Wow, 4000 islands! Obviously you can’t rush visiting Laos, especially since it looks absolutely amazing. I’d love to visit and photograph at least some of these islands. I can only imagine how beautiful they must be in real life. As for cannabis, I’d love it if it was illegal everywhere and nobody would use it.

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    • dankiteski
      January 26, 2019 @ 7:17 pm

      Thank you for your comment, Anda. Laos is indeed amazing but I would disagree with the complete ban of Cannabis that you’re advocating in your comment. Cannabis has proven to be an effective medical remedy for an array of diseases and medical conditions. I don’t support people abusing it but I would definitely not say it should be banned completely, as it actually saved the lives of a lot of people that had no other solution/choice left.

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  8. Arnav Mathur
    January 24, 2019 @ 7:21 am

    I missed out on Laos last year, when I went exploring Vietnam and Cambodia. Have been meaning to take a trip that side, but TBH I wasn’t even aware about half of the things you mentioned. Which is why the title is totally apt.

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    • dankiteski
      January 26, 2019 @ 7:18 pm

      Thank you, Arnav and I hope you get the chance to visit soon.

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  9. Jen Morrow
    January 24, 2019 @ 2:31 pm

    This is so informative. You are right, people hardly ever discuss Laos. I knew a little about the river community, but I was not aware of all of the islands and beaches. That is definitely unexpected for a landlocked country!

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    • dankiteski
      January 26, 2019 @ 7:21 pm

      Thank you, Jen. I’m really glad to hear you liked this post.

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  10. emman damian
    January 24, 2019 @ 6:22 pm

    Wow! A lot of good things about Laos. I haven’t been to Laos but I really wanted to go. I want to experience the food, the culture and the way of life. I hope I can come to this wonderful country soon. PS: Yes, I won’t rush Laos! Haha.

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    • dankiteski
      January 26, 2019 @ 7:21 pm

      Indeed, Emman. I hope you get the chance to visit Laos someday.

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  11. Amar Singh
    January 25, 2019 @ 9:17 am

    Thanks for sharing this wonderful destination and I agree with you that a lot of us skip and don’t think of this destination when planning south east Asia. I have visited this area my self few times but skipped Laos. The land locked country but a lot of islands give it that beauty of water and land. The food looks interesting and must be in line with the area Thanks for sharing a great post.

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    • dankiteski
      January 26, 2019 @ 7:22 pm

      Thank you, Amar. I’m really glad to hear that you liked this post. Laos is indeed, an amazing country.

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  12. Anjali W
    January 25, 2019 @ 9:29 am

    Your pictures from Laos are so fascinating and beautiful. The Mekong river seems so serene. I would totally be spending half of my day on the banks of the lake. I would also be looking forward to trying out river tubing in Vang Vieng whenever my visit Laos. It seems a unique thing to do and enjoy there. The food looks delicious too. I am having Laos on my bucket list now.

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    • dankiteski
      January 26, 2019 @ 7:23 pm

      Thank you, Anjali- I’m really glad you liked it. I hope you visit Laos someday

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  13. Go Ear
    January 25, 2019 @ 12:32 pm

    I loved my 3 weeks in Laos, in 2012. Awesome place. Thank goodness VV stopped being a party town. It was a gorgeous spot but drunk Western kids half clothed were terrible for the community. I look forward to returning and yep, it is a wee dusty too ?
    Ryan

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    • dankiteski
      January 26, 2019 @ 7:24 pm

      Thank you for your comment and for sharing your experience, Ryan. Indeed, some not-so-good things happened in VV in the past. I like it so much more the way it is now

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  14. I Love Asia
    November 28, 2019 @ 3:44 am

    What a detailed blog post!

    Laos is indeed a wonderful country but it history is rather tragic. Nowadays, it is often underrated by its famous neighbors such as Thailand and Vietnam in terms of travel destination. However, I do love the charm and ancient vibe of the country, especially peaceful and homely atmosphere in Luang Prabang.
    I will definitely return to Laos and visit Vang Vieng.
    Btw, keep up with your awesome work!

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    • dankiteski
      November 28, 2019 @ 12:52 pm

      Thanks a lot. I appreciate your feedback.

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