Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Laos | One week itinerary and budget

We had a week in Laos, flying in to Vientiane and heading out of Luang Prabang. 

Our Stops

Vientiane, March 4th to 6th 
The first night we arrived quite late and ended up meeting people in the hostel straight away and going out bowling. Late night bowling is quite a big thing in Laos as lots of bars close at midnight yet bowling stays open longer. Our hostel was quite average but our room was nicely air conditioned and the breakfast was so nice! The following day we walked to COPE to find out about the UXO problem in Laos, which I had never heard of before. We wandered round the town that afternoon and found a 'Friends' restaurant, like we had visited in Cambodia, that evening to eat at before heading to the local market for some shopping. It was a short trip in Vientiane but we had a bus booked the following morning to Vang Vieng.

Vang Vieng, March 6th to 9th 
We got to Vang Vieng in the afternoon and were put in a bamboo hut, where they decided to quickly move us to a concrete room because of the heat! The room was average but there were no complaints for less than £2 a night! Our hostel was called Easy Go and was good value for the cheap price, although there were lots of geckos in the room and running water was not regular! We spent our first evening in a Friends restaurant where they play 'Friends' non stop which was so much fun! And then went back to our hostel, made some friends and went on a night out to a Jungle party. We went tubing the next day which was on our travelling bucket list! It was so much fun, I would definitely do it again! On our third day we visited the Blue Lagoon, which wasn't amazing but worth a trip there, and then spent the evening in the bars again. Next was Luang Prabang. 

Luang Prabang, March 9th to 12th
Our trip to Luang Prabang was really quick in the minibus we took, we managed to get there in just a few hours. We stayed at Kounsavan Guest House which I really liked! We went to get dinner that night and attempted to watch the sunset over the Mekong, however it was really cloudy so we didn't manage to see it. The following day we got up super early to go to and watch the giving of alms, which was interesting but there were lots of tourists being quite disrespectful. I met one of my best friends who was also travelling at the same time, and then we went to the waterfalls which were so beautiful! We also got to see bears there which was amazing to see. That evening we went to Utopia and then went bowling with friends we had met at the hostel. The following day we wondered round the town seeing the sights, and then headed to Utopia for dinner. We had such a lovely time in Laos! 

Laos Spending
(In Laos Kip)

Transport: 195,000
Accommodation: 289,000
Day trips: 98,000
Food and Drink: 580,000
Shopping: 43,000

Total approx. in GBP: £149.80
Days spent in Laos: 8 days
Average per day: £18.73

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