Laos, Part One: Mostly Luang Prabang

The first few days

After our days in Cambodia, we flew to Laos. We took a microbús to Vang Vieng, and fun fact, both Thomas and I experience motion sickness. We were traveling during the hottest part of the day, and we both felt terrible during the drive, but luckily neither of us had any unfortunate incidents. All we did in Vang Vieng was relax, but then we made our way to Luang Prabang in yet another microbús. This time, we got to drive through mountains, on bumpy, hilly, curvy roads. This obviously spelled disaster for two people who have histories of carsickness, and when we stopped for a bathroom/snack break about an hour and a half into the journey, I lay my head on the table, convinced that I wasn’t going to make it 5 hours without vomiting. For almost the entire journey, I cradled a liter of cold water, trying to fend off the nausea. Thomas and I didn’t talk for the entire trip, but when we finally got to Luang Prabang, we both said it was a miracle that we didn’t puke in the van.

Luang Prabang, Day 1

On our first full day in Luang Prabang, we mostly wandered around and explored the city. The city is pretty small (at least from my perspective) but it has dozens of temples. Compared to others I’ve seen, these are very…sparkly? It’s hard to capture the sparkle in a photo, but I tried.

Wat Pahouak

Wat Pathouak apparently has a pretty cool mural inside, but I didn’t go in.

There was a man pulleying coconuts down from the tree on the right. Maybe if you look really closely you can find him.

We wanted to go to the top of a hill (mountain?) to watch the sunset, but it was really cloudy so we decided to skip it.

I’ll write about day 2 in Luang Prabang in a separate post. It was one of my favorite days from this vacation!

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