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We spent 5 nights total in Laos. The original plan as per the itinerary was to hit southern Laos via Cambodia, but as time unfolded, it became clear that we had taken on a fairly ambitious timetable that was rapidly running out of time. So, in the end, we decided to take a plane from Siem Reap to Vientiane flying Laos Airlines. Laos Airlines incidentally are one of the few airlines in the world that keep their safety record out of the public eye….. hmmm….

We were told by an australian and british couple that we met in Hoi An, Vietnam, that Vientiane was not too much to get excited about, so with that in mind, we arrived at 8pm at night, and departed at about 7.30am the next morning for a 12 hr bus ride up to Luang Prabang.

The bus ride was officially the worst bus ride ever!! Two hours into the trip, we came upon a bridge that had dropped away at one side, which meant no buses or heavy trucks could get past. So… wait…. wait… and more waiting, for the bus doing the reverse journey occupied the next 8 hours of our day. at 5.30pm, we finally got on the bus heading north, about 30 min before dark. We were starting to make contingency plans just in case we had been left in the middle of the laotion jungle overnight! We made it into Luang Prabang at a bright 3.30am.

Elephant Riding in Luang Prabang

Elephant Riding in Luang Prabang

The next 4 nights were in Luang Prabang, which is a really nice little French colonial town in the middle of northern Laos. It was relaxed and scenic, one of the location highlights of all our travels. We went elephant riding with a company that rescues them out of forestry work and rehabilitates them, the first company we felt treats them properly. We ate, we slept, we wined, and we dined….. all chilled out and ready for northern Thailand, the next leg.

Photos from Laos can be found here.

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