Instagramming Laos

It’s Instagram roundup time again! This time from the beautiful landlocked country of Laos in Southeast Asia. This was actually my second trip to Laos, but this time I had a lot more time to explore and got to see some new places. It still wasn’t enough time of course. This time around I didn’t get to spend much time in the north outside of Luang Prabang, and there are still plenty of places that I need to visit in the South… But that just means another trip, right?

On this trip, we entered Laos in the very south of the country, crossing over from Cambodia. This was unexplored territory for me and a brand new country for Veronika. We spent a few days enjoying the laid back atmosphere of Si Phan Don (4000 Islands) before making our way north to the capital, Vientiane, visiting the towns of Pakse and Savannakhet along the way. From Vientiane we continued north along the road that I took during my first trip, visiting the backpacker town of Vang Vieng and ending up with a lovely week in Luang Prabang – the cultural heart of Laos. Our last two days in the country were spent travelling by slow boat up the Mekong River to the Thai border at Huay Xai.

It was a wonderful trip with lots of great experiences, and of course, I made live updates on Instagram along the way. Here are my favourite Instagram photos from a month in Laos.

On the boat to Don Khone, Laos

On the boat to Don Khone in Si Phan Don

View of the Mekong River on Don Khone, Laos

View of the Mekong from our Bungalow on Don Khone, Si Phan Don

Rice soup for breakfast in Si Phan Don, Laos

Rice soup for breakfast in Si Phan Don – Traditional Lao breaky. Yum!

Somphamit Waterfall in Si Phan Don, Laos

Somphamit Waterfall on Don Khone – The entire Mekong River tumbles down a series of these low waterfalls in Si Phan Don

Street view in Savannakhet, Laos

A street and old French colonial buildings in Savannakhet

Old wooden buildings in Savannakhet, Laos

Old wooden house fronts in Savannakhet

View of the Mekong River in Savannakhet, Laos

View of the Mekong River in Savannakhet. Thailand is on the other side.

Sunset in Vientiane, Laos

Beautiful sunset in Vientiane

Crispy noodles with chicken and veges in Vientiane, Laos

Crispy noodles with chicken and veges in Vientiane, with a cold Beer Lao to wash it down.

Ho Phra Keo temple in Vientiane, Laos

Ho Phra Keo – a Buddhist temple, now museum in Vientiane. The oldest in the city.

Buddha at Wat Sisaket in Vientiane, Laos

Buddha statues at Wat Sisaket in Vientiane

Lao sausage and sticky rice in Vientiane, Laos

Lao style sausage and Sticky Rice in Vientiane

Patuxai in Vientiane, Laos

Patuxai – the huge victory monument in the heart of Vientiane

View from the top of Patuxai in Vientiane, Laos

The view from the top of Patuxai in Vientiane

Beautiful view in Vang Vieng, Laos

View of the Song River from a restaurant in Vang Vieng

Watching Friends in Vang Vieng, Laos

Relaxing and watching Friends repeats on a rainy day in Vang Vieng

Rice fields and mountains in Vang Vieng, Laos

Rice fields and limestone karst mountains in the countryside outside Vang Vieng

Mountain view on the way to Luang Prabang, Laos

Mountain view during a rest stop on the bus ride from Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang

The Mekong River in Luang Prabang, Laos

A boat on the Mekong River in Luang Prabang

Street and old buildings in Luang Prabang, Laos

Walking the streets of Luang Prabang. Old buildings, picturesque streets, charm and character.

Mango crepes and Lao coffee in Luang Prabang, Laos

Mango crepes and strong Lao coffee for breakfast at a local cafe in Luang Prabang

Wat Sensoukharam in Luang Prabang, Laos

Wat Sensoukharam – just one of many amazing Buddhist temples in Luang Prabang

Working with a view of the Mekong in Luang Prabang, Laos

Working with a view of the Mekong River. Not a bad office.

Khao Soy in Luang Prabang, Laos

Khao Soy for lunch in Luang Prabang – Spicy noodle soup, Lao style.

Pha Bang Pedestal in Luang Prabang, Laos

The Pha Bang pedestal inside the temple of Haw Pha Bang at the Royal Palace in Luang Prabang

Kuang Si Waterfall near Luang Prabang, Laos

Kuang Si Waterfall outside of Luang Prabang

View of Luang Prabang from Phu Si, Laos

View of Luang Prabang and the Nam Khan from the top of Phou Si

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6 comments… add one
  • Michael May 24, 2014

    They are really good. I should give Instagram some more credit but at the moment, just lack the time. Loving your pictures of the food!

    • Dean Wickham Jun 12, 2014

      I admit, Instagram is pretty addictive. I’m always on there, especially when I’m travelling 😉

  • Maria May 25, 2014

    Love your rice soup breakfast (something I miss from Cambodia) and the shot of the traditional boat on the mekong. Kudos

  • Ian Ford Jul 14, 2014

    Happy memories of the Mekong too, especially Luang Prabang. You’ve certainly caught the spirit of travel there with these shots

    • Dean Wickham Aug 12, 2014

      Glad you liked the photos, Ian. I can’t get enough of Luang Prabang…and in fact all of Laos 🙂

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