Livin´ La Vida Lao Lao
Trip Start Sep 22, 2010
28Trip End May 17, 2011
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A fourteen-hour night bus took us from the border to our first stop, Luang Prabang. Lao-French fusion at its best, the peninsular town was filled with cobblestone streets, imperial-styled architecture, and baguettes. The town hosted a nightly market, where we discovered the $1 buffet! One of the most stunning sights we visited were the aquamarine waterfalls, which were only a short motorbike ride from the town.
From LP we headed to Vang Vieng, a party town surrounded by lush, jagged mountains
After a nondescript stop in Vientiane, we ventured south to Tha Khaek, where our best Lao adventure began. Tha Khaek is the starting point for the off-the-beaten-path 440 kilometer motorbike route, known as ¨the loop.¨ It took us through unbelievable karst country, tiny villages, and to Kong Lo Cave, the highlight. We traveled through the cave, which was only recently explored, on its 7.5 kilometer river, taking us from one side of a mountain to a tiny village on the other side. We finished the loop on Christmas Eve, tired and dirty, but singing Christmas carols the whole way back (ashamed to have forgotten the lyrics to the 12 days of Christmas).