Laos is a truly beautiful country, with high, mist-covered mountains dropping into steep river valleys. We were lucky to have Stray Asia take us on a lightening-fast 10-day tour through Northern Thailand and Laos. And we loved it…
Laos travel – the video!
This video contains all ten days of the Tom Yum pass in just 12 minutes. Getting an action-packed period into just over one minute per day is pretty impressive if you ask me.
The Thailand-Laos border at Chiang Khong
We had no problems checking out of Thailand, and caught a small boat across the river to Laos. Border control there was hectic and badly organised but, although it took forever, we had no hassles. Every ATM in the country was out of operation for the first two days were were in Laos, so we were glad Dave had recommended we carry cash in from Thailand.
Luang Namtha to Nong Khiaw
Day two of our time in Laos brought us up-close and personal with the desperate poverty found outside the city centres.
We spent the night in the stunning scenery of Nong Khiaw. Amazing hiking and climbing opportunities here.
Nong Khiaw to Luang Prabang … by boat
Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng
Luang Prabang is one of the most beautiful towns we’ve visited, and the night markets there held some of the highest quality handcrafts we’ve ever spotted in a market. Vang Vieng, however … let’s not talk about Vang Vieng.
Vang Vieng to Vientiane
We explored Vientiane with an iPhone app courtesy of Travelfish. It was a great day-tour, but we had too little time before bribing the border guards to allow us to leave and returning to Bangkok.
Ventiane to Bangkok
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