TheLoneRider
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Laos

LAOS

Laos

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Laos Blogs

    HUAY XAI

  1. Exploring Huay Xai, Laos May 9-11, 2016
  2. LUANG PRABANG

  3. Exploring Luang Prabang, Laos Dec 30, 2014 - Jan 3, 2015
  4. PAKSE

  5. Exploring the off-the-beaten-path of Pakse, Laos Dec 17, 2014
  6. VIENTIANE

  7. Goodbye Vientiane: in Search of Greener Pasture Mar 12, 2020
  8. Software Review Writing for B2B Enterprise Solutions Mar 10, 2020
  9. Vientiane Revisited Mar 5, 2020
  10. Do-It-Yourself Tour of Buddha Park in Vientiane, Laos Dec 27, 2014
  11. Exploring Laos' Capital, Vientiane Dec 24-29, 2014
General Travel Tips
  1. arrive early - in case there is a snag (visa snag, documentation snag, transport ticket snag, etc.), you will have ample time to troubleshoot the problem if you arrive early (to the airport, to the bus terminal, etc.)
  2. put detailed itinerary on the Calendar apps of your smart-phone according to timelines - this is where you do all your thinking and planning. Once written down, you don't have to think anymore while you are on the journey...you just follow the steps. This frees your mind for something else that might happen while you are already en route
  3. avoiding scams - as a general rule, I ignore the touts or anyone I don't know who call out to me. The calling comes in many forms - "Hi! Where are you from?", "Excuse me! Excuse me!", "Where are you going?". I don't look them in the eye and I remain non-verbal with them. If you reply to them, you just gave them an 'in' to hound you. In order not to look rude, I smile and wave the 'not interested' hand to them, without looking at them.
  4. power bank - hand-carry your power bank. Do not check it in. You can be called in when you are already inside the plane to go all the way to the loading dock so you can personally remove the power bank...and chances are, you'll have to surrender it to them. And you might delay the plane departure!

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