Our Travels in Laos

We continue our stay in Laos and flew from Luang Prabang to the capital, Vientiane, where we stayed at the Dream House Hostel. It was a popular place with backpackers from all over the world, and we had a family room all for ourselves. We liked Vientiane’s French cafes but not as much as the ones in Luang Prabang. We also rented bicycles to tour around town which was pretty fun and easy.

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Beers in Vientiane

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Parisien Café

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From Vientiane we took an overcrowded mini-bus (24 passengers to be precise!) to Vang Vieng and spent 5 days there. Vang Vieng was once a popular destination for the “rave” style backpackers sharing all kinds of drugs; the same species that attends the full moon parties in Thailand. While still crowded with young people, the rave has been replaced with outdoor activities like kayaking, tubing, zip line, trekking and mountain biking. We had an action packed week as we biked around town and visited caves. We also celebrated Sebastian’s 14th birthday in style – with a zip lining adventure followed by tubing inside a cave. The birthday celebration closed out with a tasty Mexican dinner as per honoree choice.

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Vang Vieng

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Sunset over Vang Vieng

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Our next destination was Southern Laos and the 4000 Islands (Si Phan Don). However, to get from Vang Vieng Point A to the islands Point B required a 28-hour journey that included 1 minibus, 1 tuk tuk, 1 overnight bus, 1 school type bus, and of course a long skinny boat. Phew! We made it to Don Det and stayed at the comfortable Little Eden Guest House which has the best sunsets on the Mekong River. Don Det is one of the 4000 Islands and the one that has the most restaurants and guest houses. We successfully found our favorite restaurant – Street View – that belongs to a nice Aussie and had 1/2 of our meals there. We also spent one day kayaking with a fun group of young travelers (our family included the oldest and youngest members of the kayaking group). It was a lot of paddling on the Mekong to reach the area, on the border with Cambodia, where we spotted the rare Mekong dolphins, the Irrawaddy dolphins. We also visited the impressive Khon Phapheng Falls, which as the kids said, it is a mini Niagara Falls and the largest falls in Southeast Asia.

We bid farewell to Laos after having spent 23 days visiting the country. It was certainly a great visit, from North to South.

Next stop – We are back to Bangkok for some urban and retail therapy, catch up on school and finalize our plans to India and Sri Lanka.

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Little Eden Guesthouse, at Don Det

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Khon Phapheng Falls

 

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The Mekong, 4000 Islands

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The 14-year-old boy

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This is how we travel

 

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