Trip Plan Details
- Cu Chi TunnelsHo Chi Minh City, Vietnam
- Na DaoNear Japanese Bridge (Currently no address)
- Ray's GrilleRue Nokeokoummane
- Couleur Cafe Luang PrabangLuang Prabang, Laos
- Lao KitchenHengboun Rd., Baan Anou, Vientiane
- La Cave des ChateauxNam Phu, Vientiane, Laos
- Noy's Fruit Heaven Restaurant and Bike RentalRue Hengbounnoy, Vientiane, Laos
- L'elephant RestaurantBan Vat Nong, Box 812
- Scandinavian Bakery74/1 Phangkam Road, Vientiane Laos
- Joma Bakery & CafeSetthathirat Street, Vientiane Laos
- Pha That LuangThat Luang Road, Vientiane Laos
- Elephant Village SanctuaryBan Xieng Lom Luang Prabang, Laos
- Wat SisaketMi Chai, Nai Mueang, Thailand
- PatuxaiVientiane, Laos
- Buddha ParkThanon Tha Deua, Vientiane Laos
recommended Luang PrabangFrankly, Luang Prabang was a tourist trap for me, at first. But there are certain things that I really loved about this place. Even with all the tourists around, the beauty of temples and the ... read morereligious ceremonies are stunningly beautiful. Finding the right place with reasonable price was very challenging. Wake up early and visit local temples to see Alms giving ceremony. It's beautiful.Juno Kim
Luang Prabang is very touristy, but worth visiting and spending some time. Some international cafes are here, and lots of bars. Temples are amazing, and don't forget to see the alms giving ceremony in the early morning.
recommended Nong KhiawNong Khiaw is a gateway to/ from Muang Noi. However it can be a nice rest area itself. There are nice bungalows overlooking the river and some of the most awesome Laotian cuisine I had are from Nong ... read moreKhiaw. Also, Laos herbal massage is really reasonably priced as well. In other words, Nong Khiaw is Muang Noi with electricity.Juno Kim
If you want to go Muang Ngoi, you'll go through Nong Khiaw, if you are not taking long boat from Luang Prabang. It was a pleasant town, more developed town than Muang Ngoi but equally charming. Food here is excellent.
recommended Muang NgoiThree hours of electricity, no hot water, and sometimes no running water, but you can get over all those in Muang Ngoi. It's a small riverside village with only one main road. Only reachable by a ... read moreriver boat from Nong Khiaw. The few days I spend here was really necessary for my long-term travel. No wi-fi, no laptop, just books and local cat. Riverside bungalow wasn't bad either.Juno Kim
Nice place to retreat. No electricity, no road for car, and no noise (except roosters and chics).recommended Muang NgoiMuang Ngoi is a one-block dirt lane of a river-side village with no electricity and no roads. Only accessible by riverboat. Amazing place to chill out for a few days. Very quiet. Good place to read in ... read morea hammock or take a walk to surrounding villages. It is surprisingly quite filled with foreign backpackers.Recommended for:Backpackers
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Do you have any specific place in mind? Are you going to the whole Laos, or certain parts?
recommended Vang ViengVang Vieng is an anomaly. Its beautiful setting in the karst mountains make it a legit destination. But the place has been corrupted by insensitive backpackers in the last 10 years. Floating (tubing) ... read moredown the tranquil river can be a super mellow experience, but in recent years has been tarnished by the stupidity of backpackers who have killed themselves by overdosing on drugs or getting too drunk and drowning in the river. Vang Vieng can be a wonderful place, but it can also be overrun with drunk/drugged 19-year-old foreigners with little respect for the local culture.Stephen Bugno
You may love or hate Vang Vieng, but it makes sense to stop here if you're going south from Luang Prabang.
recommended Luang NamthaSmall town in the north of Laos that most people visit as a base for hill tribe trekking. I didn't do any treks but Luang Namtha was good place to relax for a few days and get oriented to life in ... read moreLaos. One of the days I took a bicycle out to some of the villages. The scenery of rice paddies and houses are beautiful. People are quite friendly to travelers as well. A visit to the night market is a good chance to try some delicious local food.Stephen Bugno
I guess the town of Luang Namtha itself is not necessarily exceptional, but it is a friendly place in general. And the countryside around the town is quite nice. It's a ways north of Luang Prabang, but if you might think about heading up there for trekking.
recommended LaosThe last 10 years has seen an explosion of tourism in Laos with backpackers spilling in from neighboring Thailand. With not the off-the-beaten-path destination it once was, life is still unhurried ... read morehere and infrastructure basic. Extremely friendly people and beautiful landscape and culture are the main draws. Great country to relax and take it easy. My only criticism is that that it is quite difficult to "do what the locals do" because locals don't really travel or eat out, so most everything is set up for tourists only.Stephen Bugno
In Laos, it's easy to arrive anyplace and just look for your accommodation. The towns are very small and there's adequate accommodation. If you want to book ahead for Luang Prabang, you might be able to do that.
- Si Phan DonLaosrecommended Si Phan DonSi Phan Don is probably my favorite place in Laos. But I think I have a special affection for the people of the lower Mekong / Mekong Delta. I think they are especially genuine and friendly. There is ... read morethe crazy party scene on Don Det but also plenty of quiet places in Si Phan Don if that is your style. Rent a bike for $2 and send the afternoon peddling under palm trees and past rice paddies. Get a riverside hut for $5 a night and watch the Mekong flw by from you hammock. Now you are living.Stephen Bugno
I love this place. It's far in the south though...great to combine with northern Cambodia.