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Malacca this weekend - Laos later!

I'm off to Malacca for the weekend and... I'm going to Laos, I'm going to Laaooss, Laos, Laos, Laaoosss ! :-) :-D :-)

Woohoo!! I've been wanting to go there for years! I got an opportunity, so here I come!! It will be an old-style backpacking-and-budget-dormitory type trip, as the money is restricted, but it will be good. Right now, I'm trying to find out if it's possible to walk from Vientiane to Vang Vieng - a four-five days walk. I love walking - it reduces the world to a human speed and the feeling of travelling with everything on your back from place to place can't be beaten.

Anyway, I've been checking out various sites, and if you're interested in going to Laos, here are some recommended sites to get information:

Ecotourism in Laos
Green Discovery
Lao Youth Travel

Gibbon Experience
Ban Na Elephant Watch Tower and Homestay

Travel Blogs
TravelPod - Laos

Bloggers in Laos
Lao Bumpkin

Travel Forums
Lonely Planet - Thorntree (Travelfish is definitely the best online traveller resource for Laos, and also very useful for Mainland SE Asia in general - no Malaysia though...)

Has anyone out there been to Laos? Any suggestions?