Our second full day in Luang Prabang. We’re ready for some more adventure! Today we’re going to Ban Pak Ou to see the Tam Ting Caves. We took a slow boat ride about 30km North on the Mekong River. Did I mention it was slow? Very slow and a little bit chilly we had to use a blanket. Very nice scenery along the way, but after a while we took a nap. It took about 2hrs to get there. Once we arrived, we climbed up many stairs to see the Tam Ting Shrines and caves. Very interesting and beautiful to see. Many parts were nearly pitch dark and we could’ve really used a flash light. But we managed to walk through using the light on our iPhones :) When I saw something interesting, like a shrine, I would take 2 photos with the flash camera. First photo to see what was there with the flash, and second photo to frame the shot better. When we left the caves, looking across the Mekong River I could see elephants walking about. We would’ve loved to go see them, but we had other plans for the day. When we got back to Luang Prabang, we cleaned up and relaxed at a nice little restaurant right along the riverside and enjoyed a few Beer Laos and watched the sunset. After that we walked around the corner to Sisavangvong Road to explore the night market. We saw many handcrafted goods along the main road, and food markets along the side roads. Another full day of adventure! We loved it all!
After arriving in the evening the night before, we woke up refreshed and ready to explore Luang Prabang. Our hotel Luangprabang River Lodge was clean and nice, and served a delicious American-style breakfast every morning which was convenient. We made our way to see so many different temples, the Royal Palace, then onto Kuang Si Waterfall Park. Everything was amazing to see. We also climbed 328 steps up Mount Phousi to That Phousi at the top, where there were beautiful panoramic views in every direction overlooking the city. A lot of walking for one day. We were definitely getting our exercise!
After enjoying our stay in Vang Vieng, we made our way North toward Luang Prabang. After driving about 5hrs 15mins North, we took a rest at Phou Khoun, and enjoyed some awesome mountain views. We continued on for another 1hr 15mins, about 7hr total drive, and arrived at Luang Prabang when it was dark. We were so tired from the drive and hungry, we didn’t do much but walk down the night market once and to the locals food alley to find some good food to eat. We were excited to rest up for the next day’s adventures.
This was our second day in Vang Vieng, Laos. The whole place has a different look with a little early morning fog over everything. Today we went to see the caves and the grounds around them. After some time there, we headed out for the long drive to Luang Prabang. We enjoyed our in Vang Vieng very much. We’d like to go back soon.
This was our first day in Vang Vieng, Laos. After a long drive from Vientiane, we checked into our room as fast as we could. Then headed for the waterfalls, a fun river boat ride up the river, and finished our day just before the sunset with a nice dinner consisting of BBQ Chicken (Ping Gai), Papaya Salad (Tamahoung), and a nice Tiger beer.
Tips: We stayed at the River View Bungalows right next to the river and it was great! Our room was clean and nice, with a front porch overlooking the river, and window facing the river too! Best part was it was about $24 USD. Lookup River View Bungalows in Vang Vieng using this link for a good deal… BOOKING.COM Another nice place to try might be Vieng Tara Villa