It was a great trip and I will be going back for sure as there is a lot more of the country to see and the people there are so friendly. A few of my highlights are below…
With the help of our guide we visited a local outdoor coffee spot that was hidden down an ally way in a residential area. Here we saw how coffee is made Laotian style, filtered through a stocking (let’s hope it was a new one). It was so strong I could almost stand my spoon up in it which was perfect for me! Locals were having their coffee with banana and coconut pancakes and enjoying their weekend.
We climbed to the top of the Patuxai Monument for a 360 view of the city (similar to the Arc de Triomphe)
A visit to the COPE Centre for an eye opening and sobering look into the after effects of the Indochina war. This centre provides prosthetic limbs to victims of the unexploded bombs.
We were welcomed to Laos with a Baci ceremony which was in a locals own home. This is a blessing for a safe journey.
Drinks and dinner at one of the many riverfront restaurants to watch the sunset and people watch as many locals take an evening stroll.
The busy but non-pushy clean riverfront night markets. Lanterns, colourful scarfs, handmade textiles, jewellery, art, clothes and BBQ corn on the cob were just a few things on offer.
What a charming cute town this is. It was one of those places that you can’t quite put your finger on why it’s amazing but it just is.
There were lots of original French colonial building in various states of repair and it’s so laid back here it would be a crime to walk fast so you just amble around the boutique shops and cafes or along the riverfront.
First up was a noodle breakfast with an amazing array of green herbs, followed by a croissant and coffee at a busy French bakery (good coffee in Laos for all you coffee addicts)
A boat trip in the longest long boat I have ever seen to the Pak Ou caves where we even saw an elephant bathing in the Mekong
We were up at 5am to witness the monks collecting alms and then a quick wander through a
I recommend a visit to the Kuang Si Falls, about 40 minutes from town but well worth the visit.
I didn’t know what to expect with “The Bamboo Experience” but it was lots of fun. A quick drive to a scenic rural house where we were met by a family and learnt about all things bamboo including shooting a bow and arrow, walking on stilts, a cooking class and then a great meal with lots of bamboo dishes to eat as well.
We played a few games of Petanque at a local club, this game is very popular here and most evenings there are many games being played. Afterwards we visited a nearby riverfront monastery where we watched an amazing sunset with local snacks. Who knew roasted riverweed tasted so good.