09.04.2012 30 °C
Winding through steep and lush mountainous terrain via bumpy roads damaged by monsoon rains and heavily loaded trucks we left Vietnam for Laos in a bus driven by a man and his cronies who smoked too much and who we are sure were smuggling something, although what one smuggles into Laos we are not quite sure. After sixteen hours of beautiful views when you dared to look and not very much sleep despite having paid extra for a 'sleeper' bus we arrived in the capital of Laos, Vientiane, wondering if it was worth it. We would do it again, but we are providing photos of our time in Laos so you can be the judge!
Vientiane, the capital of Laos was very chilled out and was enjoyed best on bicycle.
Xieng Khuan, the aptly named Buddha park is a surreal collection of Buddha statues and Buddha inspired sculptures of all shapes and sizes. Big or tall, short or small, there is a Buddha for everyone!
The kids took to zip lining like monkeys to trees.
Vang Vieng was a beautiful stop, nestled within phenomenal limestone karst mountains. We enjoyed exploring the rural parts on bicycle, kayaking, tubing, spelunking and swimming.
Luang Prabang was our favorite stop in Laos. This Is virtually the only northern Laos city that survived the American bombing campaign in the mid seventies. This picturesque place is filled with ancient temples and modern monks. The French legacy of colonial buildings, good food and even better coffee remains to this day and we sure enjoyed it!
We visited a community organic vegetable and traditional rice farm. We really enjoyed farming for the day and discovered for ourselves how labour intensive rice farming is! We will never waste a grain of rice again!
After a two day trip up the Mekong River we arrived back in Thailand!