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ixejsjvdmhpgdp did you end up in Laos? Curious if you liked Vientiane. I was only there for a few days...
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ckyacezxfybya Just got here today. I'll report back! But so far it's quite nice.
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To be honest this place is great. I heard a lot of mixed reviews about it before we came here. It's a lot quieter than Cambodia's Phnom Penh and obviously smaller + quieter than Thailand's Bangkok.

We're staying in the centre, not far from That Dam. There's plenty of cafes, great places to eat, everything is pretty cheap. We found a great coworking space here (Crowne Hotel building, 3rd floor).

There's a big coffee culture here, especially since Laos has some of the best coffee farmland in the region. They grow Arabica beans for domestic consumption and export the less tasty Robusta crops to Thailand who apparently put it into Nescafe :joy:. I have had so many delicious flat whites here already, its kinda a shock.

People are really really nice. They are generally across SE Asia but here especially. There's a thriving expat scene here, we went to a expatey flea market on our first day.

Traffic is super quiet if you're used to Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, etc. Rented a moto here and the locals were saying how the traffic gets crazy all day but we're in the city centre and had to stop once on the road because of a light, that's about it. Traffic cops are not extra predatory.

We haven't explored around much yet since we've only been here a few days, but so far this place is great. I think a lot has changed here in the last couple years, and its definitely really decent for nomads now.

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In terms of avoiding traffic tickets/bribes, just make sure you don't screw up by taking the wrong way on a one-way road in the centre :joy:

One way direction is pretty well marked, but locals will disregard it all the time on a moto, so don't follow them. When in doubt just make sure to follow car traffic flow, and watch the ample signage.

I'm going to produce a video and write a blog post or two on what it's like here for some more in-depth tips/experiences, so that's coming!
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uyyjgvejobroyu any rain?
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so far, at night-early morning only
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When I go across from nongkhai/Thai side to Vientiane I notice the pollution/dust more, I suspect Laos doesn't have emission controls with additives in the fuel to keep the dust down
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If it's raining once a day that probably helps a lot
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Right now Vientiane is at 64 on the AQI. I personally wear my mask when driving. We saw quite the haze flying in last week. It does get bad, definitely >100 sometimes.

Ya, rain really drops it quite a bit, but so far it doesnt seem like during the day there's a lot of rain
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great to hear cuqpkvbxbysihn I have only been to Luang. Did you find a nice house or apartment on Airbnb? I didn't see a ton last time I looked. How's your internet at home?
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There's not a lot apartments on airbnb, oczwjoqspomb We found a decent one, but next door to us is an even nicer one that wasnt on airbnb but is available through house agents.

Internet at home is crap.

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