Friday, June 22, 2012

Lazy Days in Laos

{This is the last installment of blogs from my Asian 2012 trip!}

After two days on a slow boat down the Mekong river we were ready to get out and stretch our legs. We weren't, on the other hand, ready to do much else. Luang Prabang provided the perfect atmosphere for the lazy days we were craving. 

We walked around the old town--soaking in the river views and French colonial archetecture, took naps, got massages, drank our daily intake of fruit shakes, and read. Leaving town we met some other tourists who had hiked to waterfalls and trekked through the jungle. They sounded like they had the time of their lives, yet neither one of us regretted our decision to kick back Lao style. 

{The best meal of the Lao portion of the trip (sticky rice is in the little basket). The grandma who made it wasn't too nice, but I guess you can be that way when your food is fantastic.} 

{Gotta squeeze in a little time with the local monks...}

{A buddha making school}

{We stumbled upon a lane that had all you can eat buffets for $1. Also, as an aside: I love Chinese broccoli!}

{We also finished off our supply of rambutan and mangosteen}

{Textiles in the market}

{Dueling street vendors}

After a few days we were rested up and ready to move on. We booked an overnight bus to Vientiane, the capital. I was thankful not to be traveling alone on the overnight bus because instead of seats you were assigned two person "bunks." Thankfully I was traveling with both my "sleep sack" and a friend.

The bus ended up being, I don't know? 5 hours late? We were next to the bathroom and at the back where it was pretty bumpy, so it was a pretty long night. 

Once we got to Vientiane we dropped our bags at the bus station, had lunch and took a quick look at town. 

I also almost passed out from the heat (at least 110 in the shade)

{A garden on a bike!}

This is Vientiane's "Arc de Triomphe"--an interesting mix of Lao and French

From there we put our sweaty selves back on another bus that took us over the Thai boarder, and from there back to Bangkok. 

It was a whirlwind of a trip (and one that included just about every form of transportation imaginable!).