Laos Backpack 10D9N Trip, Part One

Visited Laos on end of 2013, travelled from south to mid south which includes Vientiane, Vang Vieng and Luang Prabang. In overall, there are no specific famous tourist spot to be mention such as most stunning building or most breathtaking natural view as it’s neighbour countries Vietnam and Cambodia. The beauty of Laos can be only experienced when you stepped in to the land, the mountainous landscape, slower pace of early 90’s living style, Lao culture and Buddhist religion atmosphere.

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Picture taken from the top of Patuxai, no high rise building can be seen as Kuala Lumpur. Patuxai located in center of Vientiane, a war monument which was built between 1957 and 1968, dedicated to those who fought in the struggle for independence from France.

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Great amount of Buddhist temple / Wat can be seen in Laos, where you can spot at least one temple in a street.

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On the way to Luang Prabang from Vang Vieng, road condition is rough and snake-like. Don’t overtake on meals before depart, else you may find uncomfortable or vomit on this long hours ride.

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Mountainous Laos, the ride will have to cross these great amount of mountains to reach Luang Prabang. There are quite numbers of population staying in the mountain area along the road with farming activities.

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Guest house that we stayed for all our nights in Luang Prabang town. No complaints, walking distance to main street, friendly staffs, everything works good and fine. Address: Liberty Guest house, Ban Thadluang, Luang prabang, Laos. Tel: +856 20 58 754 637

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A visit to Royal Palace Museum at Luang Prabang, there is also an additional Royal cars exhibition at the backyard of Museum. Do note the museum doesn’t allow visitor to wear shoes, carry bag and camera.

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Pétanque, a sport game originated from southern france. It is my first time to see such a ball game, “where the goal is to throw hollow metal balls as close as possible to a small wooden ball called a cochonnet (literally “piglet”) or jack, while standing inside a starting circle with both feet on the ground. The game is normally played on hard dirt or gravel, but can also be played on grass, sand or other surfaces. Similar games are bocce, bowls and (adapted to ice) curling.” (Wikipedia)

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Such Stamped or drawed pattern textures as image above can be seen in most of temples in Laos, it can be seen on the wall, door, roof or pillar.

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Temple building design that shares similarity with Thailand’s, long and sharp point at the top end.

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Sunset at the top of Mount Phou Si, a 100m high hill in the centre of the old town. A favourite spot for photo shoot that able to capture wonderful panorama of Luang Prabang and the Nam Khan River.

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Famous night market of Luang Prabang that runs along Sisavangvong Road, where majority of stalls are laid out on the floor selling products.

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