Published: November 8th 2011October 23rd 2011
Crossing a very simple boarder from Cambodia to Lao, actually you can do the Lao visa there, it seems cheaper than from Embassy, and you must pay a 2 USD "stamp fee" for both sides.
The first city we arrived was Pakse, one of biggest cities from Lao, even that the city looks small and everything is slow down, that is a main characteristic from Laos, everything is slow down, Laos PDR means Laos Please Don't Rush. We didn't spend a lot of time in Pakse, just heading to Vientiane to meet JeongEun up, a girl from South Korea to travel with us. In Vientiane there are no such things to do, I just leaved my passport in Myanmar visa, then we went to Vang Vieng, a place for parties and ecotourism, very nice, just the road from Vientiane is horrible, the bus took about 6 hours to run a distance about 160km. However, Vang Vieng was a great place, kayaking, caving and tubing was classic there and jumping into water from about 10 meters high was crazy; rent a motorbike to ride 3 people to a amazing cave and blue lagoon was awesome, even we didn't have a headlamp, only
my iPhone LED light, I also broken my sandal and started to use my favorite one, a taylor made tire sandal from Cu Cui in Vietnam; but meet a local Lao people John Sith and went to a Lao wedding party with him was incredible! It is very funny how they dance.
Leaving Vang Vieng heading to Luang Prabang, another 7 hours to run basically the same distance, actually they always say less time for the trip, but later we just realized the Lao time concept is a little different from our, the time in Lao is slower, hahaha... And there was Katherine from Germany joining for a couple days in Luang Prabang.
Luang Prabang basically is a spiritual center, lot of temples, monks, and there is also a morning ceremony of monks called Giving Alms, people giving the foods to monks. There are some beautiful waterfalls around, like Guang Xi and Tat Sae, in the last one you can also ride elephants, that what we did, it was amazing, but sometimes I just had a pity of them, the elephants were busy almost all the time. I was quite relax and getting into the Lao rhythm, and then I
lost my wallet by careless, at least there were no important thing in the wallet, basically only money, a Brazilian drive license, a bank debit card and some photos, it is OK... And Luang Prabang basically was our separating point, Katherine will stay some days more then she is going to Vietnam; after one month travelling with Gundi, now she is heading to north and she will no go to Myanmar with me because of passport issue, after one month with a person you will feel somehow empty; me and JeongEun back to Vientiane to get my passport then go to Bangkok to take flight, I am going to Myanmar and JeongEun back to South Korea.
A night bus from Luang Prabang, maybe one of best I had until now, there was including dinner also! It is cool!! Only the whole night Lao music sounds a little strange, but I can sleep anyway. Back to Vientiane we arrived in a bus station near to airport, far from the center, we must take tuk-tuk, but we don't want pay more than 5000 kip each, so I started to try a ride, and I did it! With a local and he don't
Just like Triumphal Arch from Paris
even know English, that was really fun!
I was communicating with another person from couchsurfing to meet up in Vientiane, that was Jessica from Canada, there were another guys with her, Lorence from Australia, Wansoon from South Korea, James from England, we went to the Buddha park, 25km from the center, but very nice one by the way, it worth to visit for sure, and then on the way back to the center, we just met another 2 guys from Malaysia, Chris and Tang, arriving in the center, the Indian guy Ketan also showed up, I met him first time in Cambodia, there are all very nice people, even we had only 2 days together, I already knew I will miss them later.
Laos was really relaxing, with beautiful nature, peaceful environment, and also was the place I met so much interesting people around, it really made me feel missing Laos, specially the people I met.
Final account of Laos:
- 14 days
- Total USD 334 (including my lost wallet with USD 100 inside)
- Average USD 23,86 per day
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