Its unbelievable what a difference a border makes. Gone are the throat hacking, smoking everywhere, barging into you Chinese working class, and in their place some of the most laid back people in the world!
Laos is a country where you see tuktuk drivers asleep and the ones that are not take no for a legitimate first answer! Such a refreshing change of pace. I would blame the entry of the tropics, but India and Thailand are nothing like this.
Laos people are lovely. Except one guy who owns a shop on the main street of Luang Prabrang. We bought some bits, and we decided to change a jam for a larger one. When I offered him the extra 8000kip (laos kip is 13000 to the £) he claimed I hadnt paid him the first time. I was fuming at his blatent accusation. When I pointed to his huge cctv screen he claimed to be unable to record. Luckily a girl who worked at a restuarant we had eaten at had seen me pay, so I went to get her and she stuck up for me and apologised saying the old man is old so must forget. She definitely helped, as did me warning off every tourist who came into the shop, leaving without a sale after my explaination of what he was accusing. But other than him, Laos people are great.
It is odd withdrawing 500000 out of an atm. Vietnam will be even better with its 33000 to £1. Will definitely withdraw a million there!
Today we went on a great trip to a local waterfall. It had rope swings and jumps. Was a great laugh with a guy called Tim from Michigan, and his couple from Sheffield Liz and Addison who we had previously met at Halfway house at the Gorge. Next we are heading to Vang Vieng for some infamous tubing!
Laos seems to be catered for fun! 30+ degrees and cooling water activities are a great mix!