After writing my Top 5 things to do in Luang Prabang, you’d think I’d be done; but then one of my readers asked me what my Top 5 things to do in Laos were. For a country you don’t often hear about, you can never have too many lists.
At the heart of Northern Laos sits Luang Prabang. As a UNESCO World Heritage site, the small city blends old European colonial architecture with a Lao urban structure and has a little bit of everything. So with all there is to see, what should you actually do?
My first impression of Vientiane?
Dust. Dirt. Dry.
I had just a restless night on an uncomfortable train, crossing from Thailand into Laos. I was wanting to be impressed.
When I arrived in the Laotian capital, I was still waiting…
In Laos, it seems that you’ll always have a place to lay your head. Even if it’s peak season. That’s certain.
Taking advantage of Laos’ budget accommodations is where the backpacker’s fun is at. But awesome digs at a quarter of the cost takes real shopping. The pads I slumbered down in might give you a fair idea of the budget median you’ll find in Vientiane, Nong Khiaw, Muong Ngoi and Luang Prabang.
Sometimes life throws you a condition that isn’t even satisfactory. Your overnight sleeper train is noisy, seats are cramped, it’s an 11 hour ride and the AC is making you hypothermic. This is the worst ride of your life! What do you do?
… Whatever you can.