Laos: Loving Luang Prabang

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    Too late tonight for me to post pics but the one word I think aptly describes Luang Prabang is "magical"
     
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    It is never too late to post photos on MP ;)
     
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    I have spent quite a bit of time in LP. It is very nice. I would hurry and get there, however, as tourism is really taking its toll on LP, and my understanding is the airport expansion will be complete within 2 years- at which point it will be even busier (right now the largest aircraft coming into LP is a Fokker- and it is a tight landing and takeoff). I was last there in August. It is still beautiful. The people are not as friendly as they used to be. Overcapacity of hotels and guest houses is very high. Restaurant prices are a lot higher than they used to be.

    By the way both the Amantaka and the Hotel LaPaix are two of my favorite places in all of SE Asia.
     
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    Airport expansion? I'll show you airports

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    thegrailer- they are lengthing the runway to allow larger aircraft takeoff/landings.
     
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    I was backpacking on my trip and had to load my pack up after landing. The folks waited to close the airport until I had my gear straightened up - literally locking the door behind me

    And I hope you saw the joking in my last post. LPQ was [is?] a slab of concrete and a building. It was a great experience having been there. Even the flights weren't too bad. There were 2 food services on the flights from Siem Reap - probably for the stop in Pakse to pick up what appeared to be a group of business men [unscheduled of course]

     
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    Well, given that this IS Milepoint:
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    I was in LP last year. One of my favorite places in Asia!

    Airport shots:
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    a few more:
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    Since we're posting LPQ pics, here's one that caught my attention while having a smoke a few years ago. Unfortunately the good signs aren't long for the world.

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    LPQ is changing rapidly and, while I still enjoy it, doesn't hold the charm it did even 5 years ago. Locals sell rice to tourists to give to the monks, at grossly inflated prices, and then give the monks food within the confines of the temples. It's become a completely different animal. Three years ago my gf was giving alms, her gift back after graduating with her MS, and a bus pulled up, dropped off their European load and sat, idling, nearby, spewing diesel fumes on a number of people. I almost had to turn the engine off myself before the driver relented and complied.

    It was mentioned above about the cost of food skyrocketing and I can corroborate this.

    It's not only foreigners, Thai tourists have been flooding over the border for a few years now as well, mostly as groups. While the town could handle alot of independent people the tour groups really mess with things.

    I'll be heading back in December and will seak out Henri Mouhot's tomb as Nov 10 will mark 150 years since his death.
     
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    I agree. I still like Luang Prabang, but I don't love it like I did. Went twice in 2004 and once in 2005. Came back in 2008, but it wasn't the same quaint place that is was. I also found that the quality of the restaurants along the river bank had gone down quite a bit
     
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    I was there often in the late 1960's and loved it. I went back last year and enjoyed it, but not as much. I will probably never return. I still like Pakse though!
     
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    I used to live in Ubon and the bus to Pakse was 3hrs and 200 Baht. An easy ride to Champasak or the Bolaven, Tad Law etc. Ah, I do enjoy southern Laos and miss it immensely.
     
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    The restaurants seem to be taking a page from Vang Vieng and all serving the same crap.
     
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    Ubon Ratchathani? That is the final frontier before the Lao border ... musta been great :)
     
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    It was indeed Kal.
     
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