May 11th– 15th, 2017–I have been to a few countries in Europe and Asia, but Laos is very special.
It was a long-hour- traveling, but worth to experience. We are a group of five people travelling from Phnom Penh to Vientiane, Laos, by bus. It took us one day and night to reach Vientiane.
May 12, 2017
At Vientiane, we were happen to stay in a hotel located in rue Phanum Penh, pronounced almost the same as Phnom Penh—the capital city our Cambodia.
Our morning at Vientiane started at 6 AM. It’s such a peaceful city. There are very fewer people travelling around. They are speaking very quietly. It’s not too noisy.
The first destination of visit is Patuxai Victory Monument. It’s similar to the independent monument in Phnom Penh, Arc de Triomphe in Paris, and maybe the Brandenburg Gate in Germany. We take a few photos there. One of the most favorite photos is the shooting of ourselves from the floor to ceiling of Pouxay.
Tuk Tuk was one of our transportation here as tourists. We can negotiate the price before taking any Tuk Tuk. After Patuxai Victory Monument, we went to That Luang, the great stupa at Vientiane. It’s a giant golden stupa. My friends and I did pay respect to the Buddha offering the flower, incense sticks, and candle. We prayed for all the bests. Aside from that, there are many good souvenirs such a sinh, traditional costume for lady in Laos, and jewelries. They are on sale at very good price. Still, we did ask for lower price.
Our afternoon session was at Buddha Park where various statues were built to illustrate the story of Buddha. It took us just around 40 minutes from the downtown.
May 13, 2017
Our next morning is the trip to Vang Vieng, a city with mountains, waterfall, and caves. It took us more than four hours to reach there by bus from Vientiane due to heavy rain and curving roads.
Our first activity is cycling around the city. There are many mountains nearby and we can reach by cycling. Some people who prefer to go further may use motorcycles, Tuk Tuk, or other means of transportations. Some even used hot-air balloon or delta wing to get the 360 degree view of Vang Vieng.
May 14, 2017
The Blue Lagoon and Tham Jang are very famous here. At Blue Langoon, the water is said to turn into blue in the afternoon. I was there very early in morning before 10 AM. The water had yet to turn to blue. Close to the water, there is cave that took us just a few minute to reach. Inside the cave, statues of Buddha are there. We can see many people climbing to the cave with some offering to pray for good luck.
Then, we took Tuk-Tuk to Tham Jang. For us, Tham Jang is a good place for picnic or something. It’s comprised of river, Green Park, mountain, and caves. We went there through the yellow bridge. I think it’s a swing bridge.
Eating at Vientiane and Vang Vieng is not a problem for us. The foods here are very similar to those in Cambodia and Thailand. The most preferred one for us is rice noodle with soups, and then maybe papaya salad. If you order a papaya salad and do not want too spicy, please ask the vendor not to make a spicy one. It will come with a fairly spicy one. If you can speak some Thai or English, the communication here is really at ease.
Vientiane and Vang Vieng are really a good place for those who want to escape the busy life and want to relax in a peaceful environment. My next destination in Laos is Luang Prabang.
PS: Thanks Leak for organizing this trip and being our interpreter from Thai to Khmer, Pheanin for the transportation arrangement, Sok Heng for booking the hotel, and Veng Sea for being our photographer.