Laos in 5 pictures

A picture speaks a thousand words and there is no easy way to describe this beautifully strange country, with it’s mishmash of crumbling shacks, huge winding rivers, stunning waterfalls and crazy ass currency. So here’s 5 pictures to speak 5000 words.

Laos in 5  pictures, The Laughing Life

Laos can be beautiful, as you can see. This is Vang Vieng, a place many backpackers have no recollection of visiting because of a certain lethal club called Sakura selling free whiskey. But if you plan to visit Laos, don’t miss the sights while you’re there. Visit Luci cave and climb the flagged hill and do not forget to take your camera.

Laos in 5 pictures, The Laughing Life

If you happen to be in Luang Prabang for the South East Asian Film Festival like I was, then lucky you! It’s the perfect spot to grab some street food and head on down to the outdoor screen. I spent a lot of time chuckling at the dramatic soap opera heights of the Laotian film I watched but you can also get some great cultural insight out of the films as well…

Laos in 5 pictures, The Laughing Life

The Laos slow boat from Chiang Khong to Luang Prabang is not for everyone and you will hear many mixed reviews from other travellers. Some people soak up the stunning mountain. views with a Beerlao while others puke into th water over the side of th boat. It’s a long time to be on a floating vehicle so if you’re prone to sea sickness, many grab a flight. But if not, don’t miss out!

Laos in 5 pictures, The Laughing Life

Laos is on of the poorest countries in the world but if you don’t look closely, you might not even realise. It’s more expensive than Thailand and Luang Prabang is full of beautiful hotels and quaint handicraft shops. It’s easy to miss the make shift huts hanging over the Mekong bank. Not everybody realises that the bar owner and the waiters sleep on the floor in mosquito tents after pub close. So when you’re haggling over a dollar or two at the market, it’s something to consider.

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The Kuang Si Falls is perhaps the most beautiful place I have ever been. The limestone gives the water it’s beautiful blue hue and there are tiny fish in the cold water that eat the dirt off your skin. It’s a paradise and it’s all for a pound entrance.

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