We have really enjoyed our trip so far and thought you would like to see a review of our 23 nights of Laos Accommodation in hotels, guest houses, and hostels. I usually sum up this type of thing in our monthly budget, but we are moving a little faster now and changing accommodation more frequently. So I think I will feature Accommodation on its own, to give it a little limelight.
Traveling with 3 generations has been fun so far and after our first week in Luang Prabang, we found our travel groove. Next it was time to move a little further south in Laos and head to the small town of Vang Vieng. I wasn’t too sure about this part of the planned journey, as I had read mixed things about Vang Vieng and getting there. This is our journey on the VIP bus from Luang Prabang to Van Vieng Laos.
We at Wagoners Abroad really like to visit nature stuff, so it was fitting that while we were in Luang Prabang, we were very close to the best waterfalls that Laos has to offer. I speak of the Kuang Si Waterfalls. Also known as Kouangxi, these waterfalls are truly beautiful, and if you’re in the Luang Prabang area of Laos, I’d rank this as the top nature thing to do. There are a couple of other well-known waterfalls in the area, Tad Sae and Tad Thong, but they do not stack up against the falls at Kuang Si.
I have decided that I’m going to have a “new thing”. With our recent excursion on the two-day boat trip on the Mekong, we met a fantastic couple in Jeff and Georg. Jeff was talking about his amazing shaving experience in Nepal. He mentioned that he could practically feel the energy coming from the old man who was shaving him. I explained that I’m a novice on the shaving thing as I’d only had my first third-party shave while in Spain.
The ancient town of Luang Prabang nestled in the mountains northern Laos. It was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995, considered by many as the heart of Laotian culture. There are stunning views in every direction from the surrounding mountains, to the quaint streets in town. The spectacular water views of the two rivers, Nam Khan and Mekong Rivers, snake their way through and around the area provide a wonderful back drop any time of the day.
We spent a total of 3 days getting from Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang. The first day was a 6 1/2 hour bus ride from Chiang Mai Arcade bus station direct to Chiang Khong Thailand (one of the border towns with Laos). We spent the next 2 days on the slow boat from Huay Xai to Luang Prabang and found that to be the most stress-free part of our journey. Once we arrived in Luang Prabang we needed a little time to get the 3 generations (Adventure333) into rhythm. (Sleeping, Eating, Sightseeing and Writing).
When researching our options to travel from Chiang Mai to northern Laos, there were a few options to choose from, including a two day slow boat. We could take the 22+ hour bus journey (14 hour bus to Vientiane, Laos, transfer and then hop on another bus for 8 hours to Luang Prabang). We could fly or we could do the bus and boat combo. Each option came with its pros and cons, but much thought went into what was best for our family. Oh and don’t forget, for this portion of our journey, my 72-year-old mom is moving along with us. Continue reading