For anybody coming from Vietnam – and especially scam capital Hanoi – Laos is just amazingly peaceful. Vientiane, the capital, actually feels more like a village, or let’s say a very very small city. To give you an idea of how little developed Laos is, in the whole country there is no shopping mall (how refreshing) and only one cinema (and we’re not talking multiplex – it only has one screen), which we could actually never find. One great activity to do in Vientiane though is go to the little known public swimming pool. For about 50 cents you can lay down all day in the sun, swim around, and eat the local specialty, perfect crossover between colonial influences and local culture: delicious sandwiches made with french bread, pork and vegetable.
Lao P.D.R. (Please don’t rush)
These ones were taken in various locations all across Vietnam. Beach sunrise pictures are from the resort of Mui Ne – a surreal little town …
We entered Thailand by the northern border, and first spent a few days in tthe city of Chiang Rai. The most interesting activity there is trekking in the mountains nearby, home of many different ethnic groups, including the Akha tribe. One really rewarding option is to arrange sleeping over at the Akha Hill House, located in a little authentic akha village an hour away from Chiang Rai. The scenery is stunning, and you can walk by organic tea plantations run by the Akha’s themselves