Towards the end of the 3 months in Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos, this space to note stuff got sidelined a bit.
Day 8 – Nakay to Konglor
Day 9 – Konglor to Pakxan
Day 10 – Pakxan to Vientiane
I completed the Thakhek loop with Phoebe. There was a cool spring on the way and Konglor caves. Both of them were quite amazing. There were nice jumping spots in the spring, and the caves were a long boat ride and an entire stretch inside.
The journey continued towards the capital Vientiane. Phoebe got 3-4 flat tires in quick succession. It was unreal. None for so long and then suddenly she goes haywire few days before I have to sell her. I managed to somehow get her to Vientiane.
In Vientiane, I started looking for buyers for Phoebe. It had been 10 days already on the bike and I felt I’ve had my fill. Plus if you look at the map of Laos, the route further up looked like Vang Vieng -> Luang Prabang -> Nong Khiaw -> Luang Namtha. Luang Namtha being way in the north. Good place to sell the bike is either Vientiane, the capital, or Luang Prabang where people from Vietnam come in from.
I managed to sell Phoebe for a really sweet price in Vientiane. I was adamant at selling her for a high price since I could use her for a few more days and sell her for less which would still save me bus money. It worked. This also meant my travel mate Kevin and I had to part ways after a real good time together in Laos. He left for Vang Vieng on his bike while I took the bus to Luang Prabang.
On reaching Luang Prabang over a night bus I found someone who was headed to Luang Namtha. Since I had no plans of my own I joined the girl and left for Luang Namtha the same night.
I did enjoy the Kuang Si waterfalls in Luang Prabang during the day, which were quite unreal.
I did a 3D/2N trek in Luang Namtha with a local tour agency. It was pretty good and cost around 90$ with food included. Some very nice river water to swim in.
The bus to Luang Namtha dropped us of at 2:30 am. Half asleep I heard the Lao bus guys say “Nam-tha, Nam-tha” and I dreamily wondered that this must be the word for toilet. I went down to pee and saw there was a board for Luang Namtha in front of me. It was quite an eye opener at that moment. Both of us were expecting to be dropped off at 5-6 in the morning. We chilled by the side of the road close to a guesthouse till 6. The bus was so small that I had to sleep diagonal on a seat of two to fit. Thank goodness I wasn’t sharing my seat with anyone.
Headed to the small town of Nong Khiaw after this which truly stole my heart. So much so that I seriously contemplated buying land there to set up a summer home. The logistics of this are pretty hard to set up.
Also went to Muang Noi which is a town an hour boat ride up from Nong Khiaw. Pretty similar appeal as Nong Khiaw.
Last place on the list was Vang Vieng. This is famed to be a party town but you can see nice spots with very few people if you know how.
I flew out of Vientiane to India after this.
I swam in fresh waters in Laos for good 17-20 days out of the month I was there for. It’s amongst my favourite things to do.
My trip cost me 1,40,000 INR in total for 3 months. Which is around 700$ a month average. Pretty good.
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