I woke up way too early, so I decided to go for an early morning stroll. The weather was fantastic and so were the impressions I got of the capital of Laos. It's a place I can definately imagine coming back to.Read more
I arrived just after sunset in Vientiane and was happy to see that my hotel was very close to the bus stop. Unfortunately, my booking hadn't gone through and the hotel was booked out so I was taken to another place. Turned out, it was very nice as well. Later I went for an evening stroll throught along the lively streets of Vientiane, explored the stores and had one last yummy, authentic and extremely cheap Indian meal.Read more
I had booked my bus ticket to Vientiane at a time which allowed me to enjoy another morning with the view of the rice fields. I even managed to exercise. Then I had a hearty late breakfast in the city center before I went on the 4-hour-bus ride to Vientiane.Read more
I finally discovered another hidden "lagoon" - not as beautiful as the big and popular one, but at least I was on my own on the way there and also at the place itself. Once back in town, I needed to take shelter in a restaurant across the river from which I could see the sun set behind the many clouds. Altogether I did enjoy the visit, although I could definately have done without the many tourists.Read more
The next morning a took the boat across the river, had some extra breakfast (because the breakfast in the hotel was truely disgusting) and rented a bike. I had planned to do a tour similar to the one I had taken with my mum in 2004... I did recognize a few places, such as the lagoon of course, but it was estonishing how a place can change within 15 years...Read more
The next day, I took the bus from Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng, a little town in between L.P. and Vientiane. I had discovered this place in 2004 when it was a small village hosting a little hippi community. Tubing had just started, but the place was really quiet and there were only a few homestays and bars. While the nature around the town hasn't changed and it's still worth a visit, the village has become quite a booming town (not very pretty though) and even the beautiful surroundings are overrun by tourists - mainly from Korea. It was a little heart breaking to see how much the place had changed, but I was very lucky with my hotel which was a bit hard to get to (you need to take a boat across the river). The beautiful view were absolutely worth it though!Read more
and the moon rise... The early evening is a very good time to walk down to the Mekong and enjoy a coffe, desert or a glass or wine.