Laos

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Luang Prabang – 3 nights

Getting there:

Coming over from Northern Thailand there are a couple options of which you can take to get to Luang Prabang.

  1. Fast boat – heard mixed reviews about safety
  2. Slow boat – sleep over night at the halfway point
  3. Fly from Chiang Mai (CMX) to Luang Prabang (LPQ)

As we were a little bit crunched for time, we opted to fly for $100 and took a taxi into the town.

Accommodation:

We stayed in a guesthouse here – as there were 4 of us, we had a private room. I had quick lookover reviews and would recommend staying here: http://www.hostelbookers.com/hostels/laos/luang-prabang/119199/

When in doubt where to stay – we walked into a few places (usually hostels are in one main area) and had a wander in to check it out.

Things to do:

– Go to the bowling alley at night – this is where all the tourists venture to at night as this part of Laos is very quiet which was refreshing

-The markets here were great for food and local goods

-Hired a tuk tuk for the day to the Kuang Si Waterfalls – this cannot be missed!

-Feed the monks at 5 AM

What I wish I knew/did:

There are a few caves and temples here that could’ve been checked out.

Vang Vieng – 4 nights

Getting there:

The bus to Vang Vieng was very windy and took around a few hours.

Accommodation:

We also stayed in a guesthouse here in a private room as well. I can recommend Real Backpackers Hostel Vang Vieng 2. See link: http://www.hostelworld.com/hosteldetails.php/Real-Backpackers-Hostel-Vang-Vieng-2/Vang-Vieng/272523 as its very central.

Things to do:

– Party, party, party is what is going on in this town. Party at the bars at the top of the river and tube down.

-Tuk tuk to the Tham Phu Kam caves and blue lagoon

-Every restaurant in Vang Vieng plays Friends on their TVs

What I wish I knew/did:

Not the most scenic place but was such a fun place to be.

Vientiane  – stop over

Getting there:

We took another bus to Vientiane which is the city we flew out of to get to Vietnam (just over 3 hours).

Accommodation:

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Things to do:

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What I wish I knew/did:

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Overall Recommendations:

My favourite day in Laos was spent at the Kuang Si Waterfalls. They are absolutely gorgeous and we spent the entire day there. Would’ve loved to have time for the four thousand islands (Si Phan Don) in Southern Laos. As a Canadian, we paid for our Laos visa upon entrance into the country (at the airport).

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