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 in Si Phan Don
View of the Mekong from our Bungalow on Don Khone, Si Phan Don
Rice soup for breakfast in Si Phan Don – Traditional Lao breaky. Yum!
Somphamit Waterfall on Don Khone – The entire Mekong River tumbles down a series of these low waterfalls in Si Phan Don
A street and old French colonial buildings in Savannakhet
Old wooden house fronts in Savannakhet
View of the Mekong River in Savannakhet. Thailand is on the other side.
Beautiful sunset in Vientiane
Crispy noodles with chicken and veges in Vientiane, with a cold Beer Lao to wash it down.
Ho Phra Keo – a Buddhist temple, now museum in Vientiane. The oldest in the city.
Buddha statues at Wat Sisaket in Vientiane
Lao style sausage and Sticky Rice in Vientiane
Patuxai – the huge victory monument in the heart of Vientiane
The view from the top of Patuxai in Vientiane
View of the Song River from a restaurant in Vang Vieng
Relaxing and watching Friends repeats on a rainy day in Vang Vieng
Rice fields and limestone karst mountains in the countryside outside Vang Vieng
Mountain view during a rest stop on the bus ride from Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang
A boat on the Mekong River in Luang Prabang
Walking the streets of Luang Prabang. Old buildings, picturesque streets, charm and character.
Mango crepes and strong Lao coffee for breakfast at a local cafe in Luang Prabang
Wat Sensoukharam – just one of many amazing Buddhist temples in Luang Prabang
Working with a view of the Mekong River. Not a bad office.
Khao Soy for lunch in Luang Prabang – Spicy noodle soup, Lao style.
The Pha Bang pedestal inside the temple of Haw Pha Bang at the Royal Palace in Luang Prabang
Kuang Si Waterfall outside of Luang Prabang
View of Luang Prabang and the Nam Khan from the top of Phou Si
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