While it’s impossible to cover everything, here are a few other of the top places in Laos I wasn’t able to get to. I had less than a week and didn’t get to even scratch the surface but I cannot wait to come back and continue exploring because as you can see there is a lot to do here!
Taking a slow boat down the Mekong is almost a right of passage for those traveling through Laos. Here is all you need to know about various routes, border crossings and the overall experience.
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Slow Boat the Mekong
I went this route. It has less people which can be a pro because there was much more room to spread out and have your own space (which is important when you’re stuck on a small vessel for most of the day) a con because you don’t meet as many people and it was a little more of a “keep to yourself” kind of vibe. It was nice and relaxed but also a bit boring after a while. However, another pro was that it was very easy to figure out without the assistance of an agency.
Luang Prabang to Thailand
The Gibbon Experience
The Other Slow Boat in Laos
Photo by Ramon Vloon on Unsplash
We flew in on what seemed like a charter plane but I’m sure in reality was much larger. It was one of those where you could see the propellers and when you looked out the window it appeared as if they were in slow motion. By this point I had been in Asia long enough to know that some safety standards wee slightly different than those in the United States but it was too late but then, we were already in the air. But we made it safely and Luang Prabang turned out to be quite the charming city. Buffet style food stands meant you to load your bowl with an amalgamation of unfamiliar but delicious tastes and smells, allowing you to try a little bit of everything. Between stuffing your face there were the markets, waterfalls, mountains, caves and riverfront give you tons of options to occupy your time with. before it was time to eat again.
“Luang Prabang (ຫລວງພະບາງ) slows your pulse and awakens your imagination with its combination of world-class comfort and spiritual nourishment. Sitting at the sacred confluence of the Mekong River and the Nam Khan (Khan River), nowhere else can lay claim to this Unesco-protected gem’s romance of 33 gilded wats, saffron-clad monks, faded Indochinese villas and exquisite fusion cuisine.” – Lonely Planet
To get from the airport to the city center your best option is a taxi. Pay with cash to the counter in the airport for a fixed price ride into town. Tuk tuks are also available but you’ll have to leave the airport to find them and negotiate with the driver for what ends up being virtually the same price as a taxi.