Destination: Vang Vieng and Vientiane
Travel Companion: Solo
Duration: 3 days
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is one for the books, still a very unspoiled
land, very different from Luang Prabang. It's still raw and natural.
Small and modest houses, vast lands with only a population of 25,000,
most people don't speak English (reminds me of a funny story with the
tuktuk driver I picked to take me to my hotel who I had to use sign
language with). Anyway, it's a beautiful town, a must visit. If you
somehow are able to rent a car, you will find even more fascinating
areas to stop at on the way to Vang Vieng, such as the town called "Pha
Tang", a quiet area, might be suitable for a retreat and just be one
with nature! You will see plenty of school boys and girls commuting on
their own mopeds, students no older than 14-15. On the way to the Blue
Lagoon, I saw plenty of cows just roaming around the roads that
sometimes we'd have to wait for them to move away so we can be on our
|Beautiful Vang Vieng|
|On the way to the Blue Lagoon, Vang Vieng - Laos|
Places to visit / Things to do:
I was only there for two days, so I was mostly just spending time flying the drone near the resort I was staying in, and when I went to the town center, I mostly walked around and just chilled. Here are some things and places I recommend:
- Smile Beach Bar - very nice chill place overseeing the river).
- EARTH Bar - amazing Bar, the decor is all made of wood and trees, super creative
Lagoon - zip lining, swimming... slightly touristy though.
- From there
you can hike up to cave Tham Phu Kham (steep, but the cave is quite big
and beautiful and worth seeing). You can either rent a moped or a bike
or a buggy or hire a tuktuk to take you there.
- Tham Nam cave is a network of rivers inside the cave, you can do tubing through. Definitely a very nice group activity.
- Kayaking / Tubing in the river
- Hot Air balloon to see the city from above
|EARTH Bar, Vang Vieng - Laos|
|View from EARTH Bar, Vang Vieng - Laos|
|Smile Beach Bar; End of tubing zone. Vang Vieng - Laos|
Where to stay:
- Champalau Bungalows (in the city, and very close to EARTH bar)
- Phoxay Ngam Resort (15 Minutes our of the city) - this is where I stayed. It's gorgeous!
|Morning Coffee - Phoxay Ngam Resort in Vang Vieng|
|That was my cabin for 2 nights! :)|
|Vang Vieng - Laos (Taken with DJI Spark)|
As I only had less than 24 hours in Vientiane, the capital of Laos, I don't have much to say about it. It's more developed than the rest of Laos, although my favorite remains Luang Prabang.
I did visit few spots with the short time I had, and hopefully will be able to cover more in my next visit. You can sense the french influence in Vientiane, from the names of places, shops to restaurants. Vientiane was the administrative capital of during French rule.
Fun fact, the original meaning of the name "Vientiane" is "city of sandalwood", Vientiane is actually pronounced as "Viang Chan", unfortunately the French were able to pronounce the "ch".
On a lighter (heavier?) note, a specialty dessert there that you can try is the Kao Larm (sticky rice and coconut). You can find that in the night market, along with many street food stops. The night market is by the bank of the Mekong River, if you look across you should be able to see Thailand! It's really a few minutes swim away.
Places to visit:
- Patuxay Monument
- Pha That Luang great sacred Stupa
- Night market
- Wat Se Saket
- Buddha park
Kop Jai for your time, I hope you enjoy Luang Prabang as much as I
did. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me on my instagram
or facebook page
. Or even comment here! For more inspiration, you can check my Laos photo steam here
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