Goodbye homestay.....Hello Vang Vieng!

Trip Start Feb 07, 2014
Trip End Mar 21, 2014

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Saturday, February 22, 2014

Day 16 - early morning

Day 10 of Indochina Encompassed Tour

You'll be happy to know that I survived the "local homestay" sleepover without any glitches and slept through the entire night like a baby.   It’s amazing what a mosquito net can do because it definitely gave me peace of mind.   I do have to add though that on top of this, I was covered from head to toe.....all bundled up inside my precious silk liner!    :-)

I might have looked quite silly but at least this way, no bugs were able to crawl on me, nor any of those blood sucker mosquitos able to bite me.   Since we’ve been here in Laos, Michel and I have been taking our malaria medication pills and have been lucky so far as to not having been bitten by any of those insects!      

Due to the fact that we had shared facilities inside this home, I was up before dawn and by 5:30am, had taken my shower and packed all my belongings inside my suitcase.   I took advantage of the early hours to take a brief walk with Michel on the only road in this village.   

        At this time of the morning, I was able to see on the horizon the sun rising from behind the mountains and the fog lifting from the ground.   It felt good to be walking in this part of the world and experience first-hand its charms!   The village appeared to be still sleeping; tranquility occupied the place except for that blasting rooster who couldn’t stop doing his cock-a-doodle-doo crow!    

        A few children were seen outside their homes getting ready for school.  They came running after us to have their pictures taking.   A young boy gave me a ride on his bicycle without me even falling….. and no, I wasn’t too heavy for him.   :-)

After a healthy breakfast, goodbyes were said to our hostesses and hugs given.   From what Lee told us, once a week a new group of tourists arrive at this small village and the whole scenario is started all over again!  

This time around, we had a 15 passenger minibus at our disposition.   This meant that the entire group was finally able to sit under one roof!   I immediately sat at the front, right behind the driver and by 9:00am, departed towards newer horizons!

Well, those newer horizons weren’t very far away because we didn’t’ have to travel a very long distance!    Half an hour later, we arrived at a picturesque town by the name of Vang Vieng!    We were now about four hours bus ride north of the capital city of Laos!

Monique   :-)
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Margaret Seemann on

What a brilliant idea somebody had to have tourists visit this homestead village. The houses look really Western as compared to so many ramshackle homes in Laos. It helps the community and makes the visitors more comfortable !

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