Vang Vieng – free buckets, tubing and french fries

After surviving a 5h minivan ride from Vientiane to Vang Vieng on bumpy mountain road with a beautiful scenery we arrived at the bus station. Luckily traveling with 6 people we were able to have a 12-seat-minivan all to ourselves (at the same price as a seat in a touristy minivan). The road was really bad and I was glad not to suffer from road sickness. Keep in mind to take some pills with you if you don’t resist to a roller coaster style ride for 5h (and make sure to eat enough for breakfast!). The road was way worse than I had imagined since the driver kept speeding up and down narrow mountain roads next to cows and bikes. I think the best and most fun way would be to travel by scooter/ motorcycle. There are also bigger busses at the same price, I guess they would be less bumpy.Image

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Luang Prabang – Lao’s pearl

After a long journey I finally arrived in Luang Prabang. I had the pleasure to meet a very nice group of people on my way over from Chiang Mai. We arrived on the other side of town in a small harbor with just a couple of slow boats. After climbing up a narrow path we arrived at a tuk tuk station (good thing to have a small backpack rather than a suitcase in this cases). A short 10’000 LAK (per person) ride was the only way to get into town.

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Local tuc tucs

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Journey on the Mekong (Chiang Mai – Chiang Rai – Chiang Khong – Huay Xai – Pakbeng – Luang Prabang)

Three days & two nights, over 800km and 1700 B.

I started my adventure towards Laos from Chiang Mai, after deciding to skip the famous backpacker mecca of Pai. There were different options of traveling to Luang Prabang and I opted for the slow boat since I didn’t want to spend such a long time on a bus or risk my life on a speed boat. I booked directly at The Living Place Hostel where I was staying in Chiang Mai. The trip was well organized and the time schedule (which was followed almost meticulously).Image Continue reading

Packing List – Backpacking for a month in SE Asia

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As some of you might already know from my Instagram, I’ve been backpacking through South-East Asia for a whole month after my exams.  It’s been the first time I’ve been backpacking, and since I was pretty nervous before leaving I want to write down some advice regarding packing and preparing your trip, in case anybody feels the same way!

First of all I didn’t really want to plan much, and since I had my final exams I didn’t have much time either (I worked until 5h before my flight, so I mainly packed and got infos in the 2-3 evenings after work once I finished my exams). I used a backpack I already had at home (35 + 10 liters from Deuter), so I had to pack light to fit everything inside. I managed to pack 8kg (came back with 9kg, probably the one kg more was mainly sand since I didn’t buy much), and next time I would definitely try to take even less with me. Continue reading