38) Laos

I bet you thought I’d never update my blog again. Now that it’s summer and I’m beginning to do things each weekend I started taking more pictures which reminded me of my blog. So here we go!

In February I flew into Luang Prabang, Laos in the north. It was the tiniest airport I’ve seen to date. I did a bit of hiking and a lot of eating. The weather was gloomy and rainy so after 36 hours I took a bus south to Vientiane where the weather was great! However, my main destination was Don Det even further south so I only stayed for a few hours.

Don Det was everything that I wanted it to be. The journey took more than a day by bus from Luang Prabang but it was worth it. I found my hammock bungalow and enjoyed the warm weather.

The weekend that I left Jeju we had a HUGE blizzard. Luckily my flight wasn’t cancelled.
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The tiniest airport.
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The Mekong River
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I ate a baguette sandwich as often as I could since it cost less than $2.
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Traditional Laos Laap
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Spicy Papaya salad and sticky rice
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I took a 12 hour bus overnight to Vientiane. There were no sleeper buses available so I had to try and sleep sitting up. I arrived early in the morning, walked around to find a hostel, then napped until my next bus to Don Det.
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From Vientiane I took an overnight sleeper bus for 11 hours to Pakse. From Pakse it was a 3 hour bus to the harbor. Then I took a 15 minute boat ride to the island Don Det.
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All of my Laotian dreams came true. My hammock bungalow that cost $8 a night.
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The hangover breakfast that included Valium and Naproxen (like ibuprofen)
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Special brownies just because
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At the harbor waiting to go back north.
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Since I’m frugal I decided to make the whole trip back north to catch my flight out of Laos. Back on the tiny boat, to the three hour bus, to the 11 hour bus, to the 12 hour bus. Luckily the weather was nicer in Luang Prabang when I arrived. I went to Kuang Si waterfalls and bear park for my last day.
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After the waterfalls I visited the nightly market, bought some soup, then went to bed.
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I flew into Bangkok to connect to my flight to Singapore. Found this sign interesting, I had no idea!
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