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    Urm,

    Backpackers forge the way mate.

    The rest follow, it's the way it works.

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    Can't knock em really, the nasty backpacker. Was one myself yonks ago, prefer the flash packing these days, it's all good however one chooses to do it. Beats the shit out of being stuck in front of the telly watching neighbours eh.

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    I will be Backpacking scum next week Lao.

    Thing is, I'll have a car and be stopping in nice hotels.

    Still have my Backpack along for the ride though.

    I'll send you a PM from Pratchup Kiri kan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by terry57 View Post
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    Urm,

    Backpackers forge the way mate.

    The rest follow, it's the way it works.
    Maybe that was the way in the 1970s but it's certainly not the case now. These days where do backpackers go that is new and exciting? They just follow each other around like sheep on a well worn trail

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    Quote Originally Posted by terry57
    I'll send you a PM from Pratchup Kiri kan.
    Wrong direction for Lao Terry. Nice place if you go to ao manao...btw, what happened to your trip pic.'s from last month? I fully expected you to come driving up for a visit?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scottish Gary
    where do backpackers go that is new and exciting? They just follow each other around like sheep
    Too true. They get social security from euroland, drink beer on the night train and make a mess, harass proper and good locals and me. In the old times, backpackers were good people, caring for environment and such, now they are just scum. ฝรั่งขี้นก

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    Stayed at the Silver Naga June/July 2014. Rachel, ( owner ) was telling us over a coffee that they purchased the land directly across the river from the hotel so as to prevent future development blocking the spectacular views. ( Rachel, Australian, married to Lao )

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    Quote Originally Posted by KEVIN2008 View Post
    Stayed at the Silver Naga June/July 2014. Rachel, ( owner ) was telling us over a coffee that they purchased the land directly across the river from the hotel so as to prevent future development blocking the spectacular views. ( Rachel, Australian, married to Lao )
    Sounds a bit expensive... they can't buy all land opposite, now I am not familiar with Silver Naga. Great thing is that freedom exists in Laos and I wish best of luck to Rachel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by terry57 View Post
    ^

    I will be Backpacking scum next week Lao.

    Thing is, I'll have a car and be stopping in nice hotels.

    Still have my Backpack along for the ride though.

    I'll send you a PM from Pratchup Kiri kan.
    Outside of Vientiane and Luang Prabang ( there were a few new looking resorts under construction outside Vang Vieng thou , sure there open by now) not many nice hotels but plenty of decent ones under $25

    Love to see ur map that includes Kiri Kan between Bangkok/pattaya and Laos

    When i was last in Myanmar (last nov) i'd say 75% or more of the tourists had backpacks, the rest had nice luggage with wheels
    "I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol or insanity, but they've always worked for me" HST

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    I had an ace time in Laos until I came down with dengue. managed 2 days getting fucked up on the river. First day we didn't get the tubes back until 9pm, 6 pm on the dot 2nd day. Free whiskey and bananas in every bar. Plenty weed and opium kicking about but I didn't touch any.

    I feel truly gutted for people travelling through there now and not getting the chance to do it.

    Out of curiosity, what is the name given to travelers who do so with an offshore kit bag?

    Lang may yer lum reek...

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    Floating down a river on a inner tube surrounded by excitable teenagers sounds hellish. I would much rather stay dry and just go to the bars. Then again being the oldest guy in town by about 25 years would make me want to give the whole place a body swerve.

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    Vang Vieng is good fun. Stunning scenery and still a fairly good value. Last time I was there, there were loads of Korean tourists. Evidently it was featured on some Korean television show for celebrity travel or something.

    No problems with the Koreans for me, they travel in large groups, all dress the same but other than looking goofy they are pretty harmless.

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    Shit man I relived that thread and damn I can say I've been there and almost done that............fishes.

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    Looks like a less developed version of Kanchanaburi

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