Laos is the backpackers paradise and home of waterfalls in Southeast Asia. Having a short period of time to do some backpacking? Everything is possible now. Discover the hidden gems from the capital of Laos up to the Northern like Vang Vieng and Luang Prabang.
From Bangkok, I went straight to Chatuchak Bus terminal and headed to Udon Thani nearby the Thai-Lao border. It was an 11 hour bus ride to Udon Thani passing through states like Patum Thani, Nakon Ratchashima & Khon Kaen. By the time i arrived at Udon Thani, it was quite late. I have to wait for the bus to Vientiane the next morning (just 80 baht!) so I decided to stay for a night here at Asia Backpacker Hostel and explore the streets here.
DAY 1 (VIENTIANE)
My day started in Vientiane and I arrived in the morning. I started hunting for hostel by riding the săhm-lór and I dropped off to find my hostel. I came across a Niny Backpacker Hotel and stayed for a night.
I proceed to rent a bike and headed to the Buddha Park, a famous attraction in the capital.
DAY 2 (JOURNEY TO LUANG PRABANG)
I wasted time in Vientiane as the bus schedule to Luang Prabang only starts off after 6pm onwards. There is nothing much to do in Vientiane here so I wondered around talking to people while waiting for the bus. The bus ride is approximately 12 hours and I took the best option which is the sleeper bus, for 180,000 kip.
DAY 3 (LUANG PRABANG)
I reached Luang Prabang early in the morning around 6 am. Again, hunting for a place to stay. There were almost no hostel to be found so alternatively, I have to just to accommodate at a guesthouse.
I got settled down at a guesthouse and proceed my way to Wat Wisunarat and ascended to Mount Phousi, which is just a walking distance from the guesthouse. Its just a short ascend of 100m and lies in the heart of the old town peninsula and is bordered on one side by the Mekong River and on the other side by the Nam Khan River.
I spent my evening roaming around the night market and dinner with my friends along Nam Kham River.
DAY 4 (VANG VIENG)
Early in the morning, I took the mini-van and headed down to Vang Vieng. It was a short 4 hour ride. I headed to find a hostel and found the EasyGo Backpacker Hostel.
In the afternoon, I headed to the attractions in Vang Vieng which is the Blue Lagoon and the Phu Kham Cave with my newly founded friends from Germany!
and spent my evening at the famous Sakura Bar, definitely the best in Vang Vieng.
DAY 5 (VANG VIENG)
And the whole day was spent on Tubing along Mekong River! A must do in Vang Vieng! 4 bars to stop and the only time you could party all day! Definitely the reason why it is a backpackers paradise.