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Better Laos than Never!

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 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.
Exploring Vientiane on bicycle

Exploring Vientiane on bicycle

Victory Gate in Vientiane

Victory Gate in Vientiane

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!
Buddha park in Vientiane (Xieng Khuan)

Buddha park in Vientiane (Xieng Khuan)

Playing in the mouth of an awesome, giant, surreal pumpkin at Xieng Khuan.

Playing in the mouth of an awesome, giant, surreal pumpkin at Xieng Khuan.

Xieng Khuan park...buddhas, buddhas everywhere!

Xieng Khuan park...buddhas, buddhas everywhere!

Crocodile snack

Crocodile snack

The kids took to zip lining like monkeys to trees.
Heading into the jungle on riverboat.

Heading into the jungle on riverboat.


Hiking to the top!

Hiking to the top!

Zip lining in Nam Lik Jungle

Zip lining in Nam Lik Jungle

The bravest zip liners!

The bravest zip liners!

Flying high!

Flying high!

What goes up, must come down!

What goes up, must come down!


Monkey behaviour

Monkey behaviour

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.
Exploring Vang Vieng by bike

Exploring Vang Vieng by bike


Modern buffalo

Modern buffalo

Caving in Vang Vieng

Caving in Vang Vieng

Manas found danger!

Manas found danger!

Jumping into the blue lagoon

Jumping into the blue lagoon

Blue lagoon

Blue lagoon

Kayaking in Vang Vieng

Kayaking in Vang Vieng


Kayaking in Vang Vieng, Solstice was in the lead!

Kayaking in Vang Vieng, Solstice was in the lead!

Tubing in Vang Vieng

Tubing in Vang Vieng

Manas tubing through a cave

Manas tubing through a cave

Aleix tubing through a cave

Aleix tubing through a cave

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!
Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang


Temple repair

Temple repair

Temple junkies

Temple junkies


Mekong river, Luang Prabang

Mekong river, Luang Prabang

Monks receiving Alms in Luang Prabang

Monks receiving Alms in Luang Prabang

Dawn in Luang Prabang

Dawn in Luang Prabang

Exploring Luang Prabang by bamboo bridges

Exploring Luang Prabang by bamboo bridges

Luang Prabang by night

Luang Prabang by night

Sleeping beauty

Sleeping beauty

Skycapes in Luang Prabang

Skycapes in Luang Prabang

Temple bell

Temple bell

Beautiful Buddhas

Beautiful Buddhas


Meera looking for a bargain

Meera looking for a bargain

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!
Aleix harvesting rice

Aleix harvesting rice


Manas, tilling the land

Manas, tilling the land

Aleix,husking the rice

Aleix,husking the rice

Susan, the friendly water buffalo

Susan, the friendly water buffalo

Mike separating the rice

Mike separating the rice

Happy Farmers!

Happy Farmers!


Rice farmers!

Rice farmers!


Sticky rice ready in 15 minutes!

Sticky rice ready in 15 minutes!

After a two day trip up the Mekong River we arrived back in Thailand!
At peace on the Mekong

At peace on the Mekong


Water Buffalo cooling off

Water Buffalo cooling off

Fisherman on the Mekong

Fisherman on the Mekong

Docking on the Mekong

Docking on the Mekong

Mike chilling on the Mekong

Mike chilling on the Mekong

Panning for gold on the Mekong

Panning for gold on the Mekong

Back in Thailand!

Back in Thailand!


1UploadedFile29.jpgNight Market in Chiang Mai

Night Market in Chiang Mai

Manas finds waffles at the Night Market in Chiang Mai

Manas finds waffles at the Night Market in Chiang Mai

Sidewalk art in Chiang Mai

Sidewalk art in Chiang Mai

Wat Chedi Luang, Chiang Mai

Wat Chedi Luang, Chiang Mai

Wat Chedi Luang, Chiang Mai

Wat Chedi Luang, Chiang Mai

Parasols and temple bells

Parasols and temple bells

Khao San Road, Bangkok

Khao San Road, Bangkok

Guardians of the Emerald Buddha

Guardians of the Emerald Buddha

Guardian of the temple

Guardian of the temple

Posted by The Flying Five 18:58 Archived in Laos

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