Laos is landlocked and sandwiched between tourist hotspots Thailand and VIetnam. Many travelers only visit because they heard a buzz about Laos somewhere else on the well trodden path throughout Southeast Asia.
Travel agencies are great in Laos. Don’t be afraid to go in for free information. They can help with discounts on flights.
Although we’ve been to Thailand thrice, visited Vietnam for two weeks in 2003, and explored ruins in Cambodia it’s easy to choose my favorite country to explore in the region. At the risk of being ostracized by Melissa’s Thai family, I feel Luang Prabang and Vang Vien in Laos are the only one two punch, must-sees in the region. If you only have one week to visit Southeast Asia these amazing towns are a great base for adventurous and spiritual excursions.
Fresh fish is usually on the menu. This was served at Elephant Crossing in Vang Vien.
Vang Vien in Laos is famous for tranquil rivers, limestone caves, and jagged karsts.
You can rent standard bikes in Luang Prabang but splurge for double suspension bicycles in Vang Vien and your backside will appreciate it.
We met up with our roller derby buddy Aileen in Thailand. Then we headed to Cambodia before eating this delicious roti in Laos.
Public buses and small minivans bring travelers on the windy journey from Luang Prabang to Vang Vien.
Cocoa brown rivers slice through lush mountains around Vang Vien. River options include cruises, kayaks, canoes, and party themed inner tube rides.
My brother the Freak met us in Asia and moved his backpack by bike to our new hotel in Luang Prabang.
Laos is a perfect location for a relaxing getaway to Southeast Asia.
Luang Prabang is an in ideal base for a river rafting trip on the Mekong, tributaries or nearby likes like the Nam Song
Cows peacefully walk through rivers to search for riper pastures in Vang Vien.