Laos : Land of the almost forgotten

Although millions of backpackers like myself descend on south east Asia every year, many miss out on Laos due to the lack of reliable transport and general infrastructure.

My Laos adventure starts in the capital of Vientiane. The history of this relatively newly created country has caused an interesting mix to be found in the city where the colonial French architecture and long tree lined boulevards meet the traditional Buddhist temples.

Even though my time in Laos will be short and sweet there is so much still relatively untouched beauty to see. From Vientiane I plan to head north to Vang Vieng a picturesque town surrounded by limestone mountains, much like the ones I plan to see in Yangshuo, China. I’ve heard that Laos is more relaxing than the rest of the usual travel routes due to the fact that there are a lot less travellers. This change in pace may be a very welcome change.

The penultimate stop in my Laos journey is Luang Prabang, the Royal capital under the French until 1947. The town lies on the congruence between the Mekong Delta and the Khan river and contains 33 gilded wats and saffron clad monks, it sounds like they truly deserve their UNESCO protection to keep such beautiful buildings and traditions alive.

My final stop is one that I’m most excited about. THE GIBBON EXPERIENCE! 2 days trekking in the jungle surrounded by wildlife, zip lining through the trees on runs that stretch up to 700m and to top it off staying in the worlds highest treehouse! I am unbelieving excited for this and I’m sure will be the perfect way to end my time in Laos.

Kate x

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Jess says:

    Sounds so incredible! Can I come in your suitcase? xx

    Liked by 1 person

    1. There and back again - My gap year tale says:

      Please come xx


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