We started our Laos trip with the popular Luang Prabang. It is the most visited place of Laos mainly because of the stunning Kuang Si waterfalls.
Having lived in Cambodia for an year, Laos was always high on my list. Unfortunately I could only manage Luang Prabang and Bolaven Plateau in this trip. Six days of travelling doesn’t do enough justice to explore this beautiful country and I hope to visit again.
The vintage looking Laos airline was attracting quite a lot of skepticism among the passengers 🙂
But we reached safely and we were even served food on the short one hour flight. My overall experience with Lao Airline including their online booking was very good.
Though Kuang Si was the main reason we had Luang Prabang in our itinerary, there are many beautiful and less travelled places around Luang Prabang that are worthy of a visit. But our short stay at Luang Prabang was memorable and a welcome change from the hot weather of Vietnam. The climate was pleasant and it was a joy to travel around the place. Finding a rental motorcycle wasn’t that difficult. There are many places around the town that have boards – ‘Motorcycle on rent’. You have to deposit your passport and always ensure they give you a proper lock. Theft is an issue and it is always better to park at secure parking places, especially at Kuang Si waterfalls. A basic semi-manual or automatic motorcycle is good enough for the trip to Kuang Si.
The bear sanctuary at Kuang Si waterfalls
A butterfly devouring a crab
The magnificent waterfalls of Kuang Si. There are couple of waterfalls that are open for swimming, which is a lovely experience even with lot of people around.
We took a mini bus to Vientiane, where we spent couple of hour till our next bus to Pakse. The way from Luang Prabang to Vientiane is quite scenic and passes through some beautiful mountain landscape. Unfortunately, the curvy mountain roads made me nauseous and I couldn’t enjoy the beautiful scenery. It would have been great to do this trip on a motorcycle but I am not sure if there are any one way motorcycle rental available from Luang Prabang to Vientiane.
I just couldn’t resist clicking this picture of the passenger sitting in front of me. I guess I will never be able to understand this fashion trend. 🙂
We booked Kings bus for our journey to Pakse. And never in my life, I had seen such luxury in a bus. It was a sleeper bus with personal TV screens, complementary snacks and in-built toilet. I would definitely taking this night bus from Vientiane to Pakse.