Elephant Village

I love elephants and before riding them in Luang Prabang I did my research to find a camp that treats elephants well and with respect.  I spent the day in the Elephant Village just outside of Luang Prabang where I learned simple mahout skills, rode bare back, and gave my elephant a river bath. It was such a magical day spent with the elephants and I truly hope to make it back to the Elephant Village one day soon! 

Elephant Village gives rescued elephants a new home focusing on protection and rehabilitation  - and that makes me very happy! 

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Northern Laos Villages

I loved exploring the little villages around Nong Khiaw during my time in Northern Laos. I spent the day visiting several villages with a group of traveller staying in Nong Khiaw. First thing in the morning we hopped onto a small motor boat and traveled up the river - we stopped into two villages and trekked to a jungle waterfall. We ended the day kayaking back down the river and returned to Nong Khiaw just before sunset. A perfect day! 

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Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang is officially one of my favorite spots in South East Asia. I loved everything about the historical downtown area - from the stunning Wats on every corner to the wide alleyways filled with greenery - the city was perfect. I spent several days just wandering around, bouncing from cafe to cafe and enjoying the slow pace lifestyle which is quite rare in South East Asia's hustle and bustle. 

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Markets of Luang Prabang

One of my favorite things about Luang Prabang was the market lifestyle - starting at 5am with the morning market and finishing the day around 11pm with the night market, there was always one type of market open in Luang Prabang.

I enjoyed waking up early and walking through the morning market, located down a side street, where I picked up several little dishes for breakfast back at my homestay. One morning it was rice noodles with veggies and another sticky rice coated in egg on a stick - each morning there were new options being served and this made it extra fun to walk along choosing what to have for breakfast. 

Come evening another alley came alive with BBQ stations - serving anything and everything. Many evenings I strolled along picking up grilled Laos sausages, a bundle of sticky rice, and sauces and for under $3usd I had a complete dinner. I grabbed a seat at the open style picnic tables, met new friends and washed it all down with a Beer Lao. 

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Just Beyond Vang Vieng

I was fortunate to meet a lovely girl my age while staying at Pans Place in Vang Vieng. Together we explored the countryside just outside of Vang Vieng with two early morning adventures. We had a wonderful time setting off on foot and bike to explore the landscapes just beyond the riverside - from the Blue Lagoon, to sunrise hikes, and local breakfast foods. 

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Exploring the countryside of Vang Vieng

Just outside of backpack- crazy Vang Vieng lies the quiet countryside where local villagers live and few venture. I spent the day with four other travelers walking, cave tubing, and kayaking around the outskirts of town. We also visited two local villages where large families live together at the base of the mountains. We had a wonderful time getting to see the other side of Vang Vieng and spending the day outside in Laos.  

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Tubing in Vang Vieng

Tubing is a big 'thing to do' while visiting Vang Vieng - especially among the young backpack travelers passing through for several days. I was torn at first - a slightly older solo female backpacker tubing down the famous party river - but I am glad I made the decision to spend the better part of my day grabbing a tube and hitting the water. 

Once I made the decision to tube I headed to the tubing operator in town where they quickly signed me in, took a deposit, and shuttled me onto an open air truck with 10 other tubers. We headed down the main road and pulled into the drop off point (about 5 kms) outside of town where we jumped into our tubes and began floating.

Less than 5 minutes passed and we were being called over to the first bar - ropes thrown in and promises of free drinks and fun times. What the heck - I grabbed the rope + a beer and laid out in the sun to experience my first bar on the river. I quickly made a few friends and we were off to float along and continue the fun for the day! 

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Vang Vieng

Vang Vieng is a backpackers paradise - hostels on every corner, $1 sweet or savory crepes, and stunning views all around!  I had a ball and ended up extending my stay by two full days before heading further North to Luang Prabang. 

I spent my time hiking to the nearby mountains for sunrise, biking to the Blue Lagoon, trying local food by the riverside, and tubing down the river (a right of passage for any young traveller to Vang Vieng!) Each evening I plopped down on a floating pontoon for a Beer Lao and reflected on my awesome day in Laos. 

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Buddha Park

Thirty minutes outside of downtown Vientiane sits Buddha Park - which contains over 200 Buddhist and Hindu statues on the river. I had a wonderful afternoon spending time walking through the park and admiring the stone structures - I even took a glimpse over to Thailand since it's just across the river! 

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Vientiane

After three lovely weeks spent in Myanmar it was time to grab a flight and head to my next destination - Laos! I arrived into Vientiane Airport and quickly collected my backpack and headed to my accommodation in downtown Vientiane. After putting down my things I was off to explore. 

I walked all around the historic downtown center and beyond for three days - taking in all of the sits from ornate gold detailed Wats to the evening night market on the river. Vientiane was a great introduction to Laos where I was able to try my first sticky rice and learn a bit about the local culture. 

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