The Land of Laos was our next on our list. We met wonderful people, saw some beautiful sites and had a blast. We spent the most time in Luang Prebang, Vang Vieng and the 4000 Islands.
Slow Boat to Luang Prabang: this is a two day journey with an overnight in Pakbeng.
Luang Prabang: as a UNESCO site, it’s development has been very closely controlled in old Town. We had a great time walking around, climbed Mt. Phousay, enjoyed some wonderful sunsets and great meals at a small restaurant on the Mekong, went to the UXO Visitors Centre, The Traditional and Ethnology Centre, visited several temples and rode around on bikes. We rented a scooter and went to Kuang Si waterfall where we hiked up top and Paul discovered the secret pool.
Vang Vieng: Took the minivan through some beautiful mountain scenery to VangVieng. Had a great first night with an English couple who’d been traveling for months. They are at the end of the trip and after living and working in the middle east heading back to England. Had a surprise meeting with Nok from Lipe. Decided to go tubing… had a great time with Ronnie and Sarah from Switzerland. I got second in water balloon tossing and Paul and Ronnie won some beer pong. The next day we rented a scooter and headed to the country where the scenery was beautiful.
Vientiane: Had an overnight in Vientiane. Had an excellent Indian meal at Jamil’s, saw the sights, then supper at a place run by a Vancouver guy. Again, saw Nok! Our bedbug experience had us fleeing our hostel at 10:30 at night.
Thakhek: went to do the loop but weren’t able to. We were able to spend more time with Nok. had some nice food and went on a random somewhat questionable walk(that was me and I got lost in the country). Headed off on the local bus to Pakse. We had a great meal at a local restaurant, then the next day another bus ride plus boat to The 4000 Islands.
4000 Islands: Went to Don Khone to start. Amazing food at The Garden, Chez Fred and Lea. Did two bike rides, on the first day flat tire and rain storm, second day a wipe out into a rice field and waterfall. Guess who was involved in the flat tire and wipe out? We rode over to Don Det where we connected with Nok, Ronnie and Sarah. Moved over the next day and had a great night playing some drinking games and having fun. We spent two more nights then over to Cambodia.