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Average Ratings:
Artisticness: 5.0    Calmness: 5.0    Helpfulness: 5.0   
Intellectualness: 3.0    Neatness: 5.0    Outgoingness: 5.0   
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Intellectualness: N/A    Neatness: N/A    Outgoingness: N/A   


Name: danmanich | Age: 32 | Gender: Male | ZIP: 10400 | Resident for: 1 year | Added on: 2006-05-07
Artisticness: 5   Calmness: 5   Helpfulness: 5   Intelligence: 3   Neatness: 5   Outgoingness: 5   
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What do you like about Louangphabang?
I love the town. The charm of it. Its a town nestles between mountains. Way from modern reality...away from the hustl and bustle of everyday modern civilisation. I love this town because of its ntaural, simplistic and organic feel to it. The buildings are lovely French colonial buildings, the poeple are not as materialsitic a those in the surrounding cities and countries. I love how simple their life looks (it may not be) but I love the simplicity of it compared to developed countries. I love the fact the people get up in the early hours of the morning to organise meals for the day....ie shopping in the morning fresh food markets and preparing lunch and dinner all from scratch. While the rest ride there bikes to scool and play scoccer and at night attend social functions and parties....Thats what I like....their lifestyle and their focus on everday living not on material things.
What do you dislike about Louangphabang?
I like the tourist seeing and visiting, but I dislike some tourist who dont respect the ocal customs ie alot hang out in the bars and are quite loud when they are heading back to their guesthouses but the fail to recognise that this is a simple, quite and sleepy town. (most locals go to bed before 10pm). Apart from that its a difficult to get to (unless you fly). Getting their on a bus will take over 5 hours from Vientiane (the capital) from Vientian to Bangkok on a bus takes over 10 hours.... so flying is the best way for most non back packers.
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How expensive is it?
Its very cheap. There are alot of 5 star hotels but they charge the same as Bangkok 5 star hotels. Other than that there are lovely guesthouse from US$5 to $25. Very comfortable places to stay. Food is fine, cheaper if you eat at local street stores, but the main street is full of foriengers hanging out at the cafes and restuarants whihc also accept $US. Cheap prices for great quality dishes.
Is it safe?
Very safe....but health wise, medical insurance is always suggested because of its isloation form other towns and major cities.
How is the weather?
Cooler than Bangkok. ie less humid. Hot and humid between Feb June....Oct-Dec cool and cold at night.
Additional thoughts?
An ideal escape from the modern developing world. A relaxing town, so dont expect Bangkok like traffic/clubs/bars/people. Its so quote that there are no traffic jam.....theirs not even a traffic light....most move around on bikes and motorcyles.
If you do end up going...have a open mind and peaceful mind. But don't worry, most people who end up going there end up instantly unwinding and relaxed from the sheer magic of the people and the charming quite town.
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