Luang Prabang Cooking Class

During  my three weeks in Laos I fell in love with the food so it seemed fitting to end my time in the country with a hands on full day of cooking with Tamarind Cooking Class in Luang Prabang. 

We started the day visiting a large local market on the outskirts of town where we learned about various types of rice, spices, fruits, and vegetables. We tried several local snacks as well - my favorite being the River Seaweed which is made from the seaweed found in the Mekong River. 

From the market we travelled to the Tamarind cooking class bungalow in the Laos jungle and spent the day learning how to make various popular dishes. I had the most wonderful time mixing sauces, grilling meat, and learning how to make the famous sticky rice. 

At the end of the day we all sat down and enjoyed the feast we had created! 

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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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Nong Khiaw

Nong Khiaw is the perfect mountain escape from the hustle and bustle of Luang Prabang. One way dirt roads, locals on bicycles, river view balconies - needless to say I was in mountain paradise! 

Three hours up the road from Luang Prabang, Nong Khiaw is a lovely destination and easily accessible on the local bus route. I spent three days wandering the backroads, hiking to viewpoints and taking a boat ride down the river with new friends. 

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Kuang Si Falls

The Kuang Si Falls are situation just outside of Luang Prabang and are a huge tourist attraction for anyone visiting the area. Every morning tons of tuk tuks line up downtown waiting to take eager tourists to see the falls and go for a swim, but I opted to do things a bit differently. 

After overhearing multiple tour operators promoting jungle trekking ending at the Kuang Si Falls I decided to investigate a bit further and figure out what the deal was with a hike to the fall ... my kind of day! After hearing what it was all about I quickly booked my day tour and headed out at 8am the next day for a full day of trekking through the jungle and several small villages before finishing out day hiking down to Kuang Si Falls. 

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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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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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