Being constantly on the way and bad Internet in small villages are not a blog-friendly environment. As we are now almost at the end of our Vietnamese adventures I realised I haven’t said a word about Laos. Shame on me! I decided I will try to put the beauty of this great country in one big post, I hope I will manage to do that. I was really in love with this place and I already have a list of my favourite top 5 places to see in Laos!
Top 5 places to see in Laos:
- Kuang Si Falls in Luang Prabang
I’m not sure if I really liked Luang Prabang. It was a nice touristic city and we had the best barbeque dinner there, but that was it. It was a bit too expensive and a bit too touristy in the center, but there was one thing that melted my heart. One day we went with Kev to Kuang Si waterfalls and this was it. I was crushed, this place was so cool! The most amazing waterfalls I’ve ever seen (and I’ve seen quite a lot in Indonesia). We arrived there with the tuk-tuk, which was cheap and terrible haha. It was an open mini-car and jeeez, the wind almost blew me out of it! But as soon as we arrived I had to pick up my jaw from the ground. Water in the waterfalls was super clean and blue, the sun was shining, and everything was just perfect. We walked a bit around (I still didn’t buy a new bikini after somebody stole it in Flores, so we couldn’t swim L) and climbed to the top of the falls. Oh my God! I felt like in a fairy-tale. We were jumping on the stones in the water, everything was in a half shadow, and it was nice and fresh between the trees. I think there is no way I can describe it with words.
- Tham Phu Kham Cave in Vang Vieng
I always say I don’t like touristic places, and although this town is 100% touristy I loved it. Vang Vieng is the party city in Laos. The most famous attraction is tubing – you rent a big truck tube, go up the river, and then go back to the city floating on the water. On the way there are many bars where you can get completely wasted (you have to grab a line and pull yourself to the river bank, so cool!), but Kevin and Marysia are geniouses and missed it. We thought that there are bars all the way along the river, so when we saw one with “THE LAST BAR” on it, we thought ‘Heh, smart name, now everyone will stop there! Let’s go to the next one’. Unfortunately, THE LAST BAR was the last one indeed, so we spend the rest of the day floating slowly towards the end. The next day we decided to go to see Blue Lagoon. It was everything, but blue. But there was something to compensate it – Tham Phu Kham Cave. This was great! It’s a huuuuuge cave, where you can really get lost. We did, of course, and this one minute in total darkness when we didn’t know the way out was the longest in my live. I was shaking with every step, trying not to fall in abysses or drawn in a lake. We tried to put out our torch for a moment, just to see how it is. And it is dark. I mean, not like dark in your room during the night, but REALLY DARK. But anyway, Tham Phu Kham Cave was an amazing experience and even cowards like me should try it.
I’m really sad about this, but we don’t have any photo from this cave.. Actually, we have like 10 photos from Laos all together, because Kev’s phone was stolen later and those are the only ones that are left
- View point in Nong Khiaw
When we arrived late in the evening and it was already dark. We were a bit shocked after a minibus trip, with 20 locals (on 10 seats) and a crazy driver. I thought Nong Khiaw would be a little tiny village with one guest house, but it turned out to be quite a big town with many nice places. We took the first hotel we saw, to take a shower and finally get some rest. We didn’t know what would be waiting for us in the morning. In the moment when we opened the door to go out and get some breakfast I opened my mouth very wide and couldn’t close it. It was so beautiful that it was impossible to be true. We were surrounded by rocky mountains, with a river between them, forests on them, and small roads on the sides. The most incredible view I’ve ever seen! But, let’s get to the point. There is not much to do in Nong Khiaw (except staring at the hills), but there was a view point. ‘Let’s check it out’ we thought. We started climbing the hill around 10 o’clock. At 10:15 I was sweaty and ready to die. It was not so hard, but it was suuuuuper hot, and I could feel my heart beating really fast. After 1,5 hour and 10 stops on the way we were finally there. OH MY GOD. If the view was nice from the ground level, I cannot describe how it looked like up there. I was amazed. I took my sweaty clothes of and started sunbathing on the rocks while Kevin was meditating. It was the most beautiful place. Ever. On Earth.
- Slow boat experience
I’ve already written a separate post about it here, but I have to mention it here as well. Slow boat experience, from Thai border to Luang Prabang was one of my favourite things during those long 6 months in Asia. We had a really great company there and it was so peaceful and beautiful! Two days in a row we spend sitting in a long thin boat and every moment of it was magical. People around us were just looking outside for many hours, we did exactly the same. When I was a bit tired and took a nap, I had the best river waves lullaby.
- Small hike around Vang Vieng to Pha Poak and Lusi Cave
Walking just around 2 km outside Vang Vieng towards the river, over the bamboo bridge, and following the signs to Lusi Cave and Pha Poak peak, you will find yourself into the silent peaceful nature. Surrounded by forests, cows, and buffalo’s, and mountains, this walk gives you a little piece of mind after one of the party days in Vang Vieng. The walk towards the Lusi Cave is very beautiful and you can spend at least 30 minutes walking inside this cave. On the way back I climbed the Pha Poak hill, the one visible from the café’s along the river with the red flag on top, which is a nice small hike, but rather difficult because the pathway is all build up from stones. From the top you have a good view over the city, mountains, and landscape of Vang Vieng. In total this hike takes around 2 hours and is very doable on flip flops, if you like
Sorry, no photos again :'(
Laos was one of my favourite countries and there were so many beautiful towns, villages or just places to visit. This list above is my super top 5 places to see in Laos, but there is even more, trust me!