Busabout Laos Adventure
The Land of Mystery.
How much have you heard about Laos? Let me guess – not a lot. This is why Busabout’s Laos Adventure is for you. A big reason for travelling is to learn more about this big old world of ours, and it doesn’t get any better than exploring Laos. This is South East Asia as it used to exist; with unpowered villages, the traditional alms-giving to monks and off the beaten track attractions. Plus Laos has an interesting history that I’m afraid most of the Western world is naive to – did you know that Laos is the most bombed country in the world? I’m a sucker for grungy Asia and it doesn’t take long to find the hidden beauty within Laos.
Below is the trip details for Busabout Asia’s Laos Adventure. This trip includes:
- 7 night’s accommodation in 2 and 3 star hotels
- 7 breakfasts
- All transport between destinations
- A local guide
- Plus a fantastic Western Busabout guide. It could be me leading you!
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Luang Prabang is well deserving of its UNESCO World Heritage status. It’s a very chic city of 50,000 people that has been largely influenced by the French colonials. Munch on baguette sandwiches and crepes as you pass by the intricate architecture of the city. At dusk walk up Mount Phu Si and applaud the shimmering sun slip behind the green mountains, and as you walk back down you may even be stopped by a monk for a chat in English. Keep the conversation going by waking up early to give alms to the monks – it’s their daily food supply and sure to bring on good karma. And for a bit of refreshment be sure to catch a ride to the Kuang Si waterfalls, a picturesque 17-tiered set of waterfalls with the most unreal of blue waters.
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Living Land Farm
The national dish of Laos is sticky rice and it literally brings people together. While we often take rice for granted, it’s quite fascinating to learn how it ends up on your dinner plate. The Living Land Farm is edutainment at its finest. The friendly guides take you through each of the 15 stages in rice production, from being knee deep in mud while you till the fields with a buffalo to whacking the rice husks from the freshly-cropped plants. At the end of it all is a rice buffet where you sample all the different ways rice is used in Laos: fried with coconut milk, popped like rice bubbles, fermented into wine (my favourite). It’s definitely an experience that will stick in your mind (sorry).
As you pull into Phonsavan prepare yourself for two forces of human achievement. On one hand you’ll see the ancient and mysterious Plain of Jars, massive rocks that have been carved into jars by a race of giants, or so the local legend goes. It really is Laos’ Stonehenge. On the other hand you’ll be surrounded by the atrocities performed during the Secret War and the awful legacy that was left behind by the CIAs bombing campaign. Although at times hard to swallow, it is also important to understand this little-known period of history.
One of my favourite towns in Laos is the backpacker hotspot of Vang Vieng. During the day get involved in many of the adventure activities that draws people in. There’s kayaking, tubing, rock climbing, swimming, caves to explore and blue lagoons to dive into. All of this is set against the beautiful natural karst mountains. And when night time comes the party people come out to play. Although it has cleaned up its notoriously dangerous partying ways, it is still possible to let your hair down in this town where happy hour means free shots.
We’ve managed to roll most of the must do activities into one big trip in Vang Vieng. Begin with a refreshing dip in the Nam Song river (perfect for those feeling a little seedy from last night) as your guides prepare your kayaks. Then leisurely paddle into town, stopping many times along the way to hike up to mountain view points, feast on a bbq lunch, navigate your way into the elephant cave and quench your thirst with a mulberry shake. Highlights for me were sharing the river with a herd of buffalo (who were up to their necks in water) and getting a little burst of adrenalin as you kayaked down small rapids.
It’s the last stop on our adventure together and you may well forget you’re in Laos. The capital city is full of big buildings and busy streets as people work to develop the national economy. Walk through the streets and you’ll come upon hidden restaurants of all ethnicities (Japanese, Mexican, Indian, Korean, French, Australian). In the evening it’s time to work off all the good food by taking part in a heart pumping outdoor aerobics class – get involved, don’t be shy! As your body cools down wander through the night markets and buy any last minute souvenirs before choosing a riverside barbecue bar to reminisce about your travels.
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