For students who lack funds, Laos is cheap and spectacular. Since the mid-'90s, this has meant that Laos has become very popular among budget travelers. There is also a whole network of services catering to their needs. Although their footprint tends to be environmentally small, their cultural footprint can be very destructive indeed. This is certainly the case in Vang Vieng, which is now a veritable mecca of young people. The place remains beautiful, but the town itself has a rather desperate air, largely created by the thousands of budget travelers and including illegal drugs.
For the budget traveler, Laos is busy and interesting. You will certainly meet many like-minded souls as you make your way around.
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