1. Exciting ranges of majestic, karstic limestone mountains
2. Stunning views of the Nam Song River with many kayakers
3. More locals speak English than in Vientiane
4. The tourist scene comprises likable, mostly twenty-something, backpacking Western Europeans.
5. Like Vientiane, it's very cheap to stay here.
6. The locals are still relatively fair to tourists. It will - unfortunately - get worse.
7. After Vientiane, spending time in a small town with such a rural atmosphere was nice.
8. The tuk-tuk here is similar to the one in Thailand and much more comfortable than the motorbike tuk-tuk in Vientiane.
9. The climb to the Nam Xay lookout was more challenging than we expected, and we liked the daring. I was wearing hiking footwear, and it helped a lot!
10. The night market is the only dust-free, well-maintained street in town, and most of the stalls offer quality handicrafts.
1. The central streets of the town are very muddy and dusty, and some of the shops are not very hygienic
2. Tubing (floating in the river in the back of a lorry) was a no-go for us because we are scaredy-cats (we heard about accidents)
3. We were about to buy some fresh juice at a bodega but changed our minds immediately when we saw the vendor was cutting his toenails.
4. 5. It is worth choosing Thai food rather than Lao or European.
5. Late January, evening and morning are 16-17 degrees.
6. We didn't like the Blue Lagoon at all because of the many rude South Korean tourists, and not too long ago, we enjoyed the cenotes in Mexico of a similar genre, which are a hundred times nicer.
7. The constant bullshit about identifying ugly paper money
8. At night, some of the streets in the center are not lit
9. it wasn't enjoyable when a waiter who didn't speak English took our order in a restaurant.