We’ve had an amazing week in Laos, but I just can’t help thinking about how all of this is going to end in less than a week! I’m excited about going home for Christmas and seeing everyone there, but still, I’ve just gotten used to the Asian way of live and wouldn’t want to give it up yet. As always, leaving is the worst part of the trip.
Well, at least we’re trying to make to most of our last days. In Vientiane we searched the city and sights by bicycle. The traffic in Laos isn’t even close to the chaotic nature of the the traffic for example in Vietnam, so biking through the streets of Vientiane felt safe and pleasant. We took the three days in the capital quite easy, and tried even bowling for fun in the bowling center. Unlike in Finland, they charged per game, not per hour for bowling, which was good because it took time to play: the machine broke down approximately after every other toss. After we changed the lane, the problems ended.
After Vientiane we continued to Vang Vieng, and I figure that’s the route almost every traveler in Laos takes: Vientiane, Vang Vieng and Luang Prabang (that’s were we are now), or the other way around. We spent one day in Vang Vieng tubing, which means floating down the river with a tire and stopping to the bars on the way. It was quite a party-zone, like landing in a middle of american college students spring break, but even if drinking isn’t the main interest, the view at the river is worth a tubing or a canoeing trip. It’s good to go early though, ’cause the mountain form a shadow over the river in the afternoon, and it might get quite chilly in the water. That’s why we didn’t finish the 4 kilometers route with J either, but took a tuk tuk back to town after two kilometers. We heard hardly no-one finishes because of the cold or because they stop to the bars for too long… Everybody has to be back by six to get the deposit from the tube.
What’s nice in Laos is the climate though, at least this time of the year, that it really gets pretty cold during the night. The days are warm, but at night long-sleeves are a must here in the north, in Luang Prabang. It makes it a soft-landing for us to rainy Hanoi and to cold cold Finland. 🙂
I’ve waited to visit Luang Prabang, since I’ve heard it’s one of the nicest places in Southeast Asia, and I’m so happy to be here. Also the road from Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang trough the mountains is in itself worth a drive-through. The scenery is so pretty. And Luang Prabang really is beautiful and I love all the swirling stairways to the temples on the hills. We also took a half-day tour to ride the elephants and see the Pak Ou caves, and the elephants were so cute! It’s amazing how so big animals can be so sympathetic (and I’m really starting to run out of synonyms or expressions for amazing because a good writer uses a variety of words, but everything just is so miraculous).
Today we were supposed to go to the Kuang Si waterfalls, but we delayed it for tomorrow since I had a little bit fever this morning. Fortunately I’m already feeling better… Because I really want to see the waterfall tomorrow, before the circle closes and our night bus leaves back to Hanoi where we first started nearly three months ago.