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A journey through Laos
Laos is a much overlooked destination that has fast become Nathan’s favourite Asian country. With laidback people, stunning scenery and fascinating culture, Nathan tells us why he loves it so…
Most people who travel to Laos begin in the capital Luang Prabang – the beautiful jewel in the country’s crown. One of the highlights of this stunning city for me was the surging Kuang Si waterfall, which contrasts with the placid azure blue swimming pools which lie in descending steps below it. I’ve been hunting waterfalls wherever I go in the world since I saw Iguazu in Brazil as a kid, and Kuang Si goes straight into the top 3!
As soon as we were heading away from the capital I knew I was in for a treat… for me this was when the adventure really began. The rolling Laos countryside is simply stunning and with my guide Chaw pointing out local farms and the different trees growing all around, you quickly get an idea of how the people here are living a semi self-sustainable life. We were headed for Vang Vieng – somewhere that I heard about during my backpacking days and which had become famous for teenagers throwing caution to the wind as they swung into the Mekong off of rope swings and make-shift zip wires. Fortunately for me the Laos government has massively clamped down on the gap year antics and Vang Vieng is now unrecognizable form the party place of people’s youth. The stunning limestone cliffs jutting out of expansive open rice fields make this sleepy town a must see.
The next stop on our trip south was the capital Vientiane, which is full of colonial charm. Vientiane is often used just as a pit stop on route to Laos’ southernmost point, but it is well worth making the most of any time you do spend here. I spent a lovely day immersed in the faded frescoes of Sisaket Temple, soaking up the incredible peacefulness and strong smell of incense. You can really feel a spiritual presence here!
I was really looking forward to the next part of the trip as I had heard people rave about the 4,000 islands of southern Laos. It did not disappoint. We got up early for the flight to Champasak, arriving off the plane in a still somewhat sleepy state, I was instantly impressed. It was clear that southern Laos was going to be an absolute highlight. We went on a few excursions along the river and cycled through some lovely villages, but the charm of the Champasak Region is that you don’t have to do a lot – this was by far the most tranquil and relaxing part of the trip. Who needs a beach when you can relax on one of thousands of islands that are dotted along the river?