Backpacking in Laos

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The landlocked country between Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and China has been my favorite country so far. It is accessible by plane, train, boat and bus travel crossing different borders from different countries except Myanmar.

Taking the 20 hour sleeper’s bus from Hanoi I started my journey in Vientiane, the capital city of Laos. There’s not much things to do here but this is my favorite capital city because it is clean, no scattered trash along the streets and highways and doesn’t have traffic even during the rush hour. People are disciplined to follow the traffic rules, motorists give priority to people crossing the road with a smile and most especially they serve the tastiest beer (beerlao gold) and pancakes.

VIENTIANE, LAOS

WAT SI SAKET

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PATUXAI MONUMENT

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THAT LUANG

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LAO NATIONAL MUSEUM

 

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Love this pancake to the bone.. ❤ ❤ ❤

Next stop, 3 hours away from Vientiane by bus or van is Vang Vieng Province. I can compare this place to Boracay, Philippines because it caters to different kind of activities and parties hosted by different bars and hostels. A week stay in this place is worth it but be prepared to shell out extra cash. Note that Laos is not as cheap as Thailand, Philippines and Vietnam when it comes to cost of living since most of their products are imported from other countries.

VANG VIENG PROVINCE

VANG VIENG MAIN ROAD

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This unique way of construction caught my attention.
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Restaurant by the river.
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Made some Indian friends while traveling.

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HIKING, KAYAKING AND TUBING IN NAM SONG RIVER AND DIPPING IN BLUE LAGOON

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Kayaking at Nam Song River!

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NIGHT LIFE AT SAKURA BAR

Last stop, 5 hours away from Vang Vieng via bus or van is Luang Prabang , the former capital of Laos. Finally, the moment of truth the place I’ve been waiting and dying for to go and the real reason I came to Laos is to see the Kuang Si waterfalls in Luang Prabang. The tall series of light blue water falling to each limestone serving as a catch basin is just magical  that I can stare at it the whole day and can’t help to take a dip in it.

LUANG PRABANG

MEKONG RIVER

KUANG SI WATERFALLS

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This beast tho!
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On top of the waterfalls!

WAT XIENG THONG

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CHASING THE SUNSET AT MT. POUSI

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Reality strikes! too touristic though!

 

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NIGHT MARKET 

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1 USD vegetarian buffet.

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