View PostAfter sailing down the Mekong for roughly 6 hours,we reached our destination Pakbang before sunset. Pakbang is a teeny tiny village in Laos. We stayed in a guest house that night, which wasn't too shabby. The beds were grand and at the reception area you got free Wifi- pretty nifty for a place that didn't have electricity 10 years ago! We were only there for the night and there's a curfew of 12am but to be honest we were all tired and there's no where to really go! After our (included) dinner we all just chilled and then hit the hay! It was basic and we didn't dare drink the tap water(another tip from our Tour Manager Alex) but it was comfortable and the fan was pretty good! Our room was right across from the loudest Asian tourists I've ever heard, singing (bad)Karaoke. I swear it was hilarious as they were so awful, the only thing really is to laugh though!
Rising bright and early we headed towards to the Thai/Laos Boarder. It wasn't too long of a drive and it didn't take us all very long either to get across the boarder. I took all 30 of us an hour or so but we were all chilled and just took out Lao Kip (First time and only time I'll ever be a millionaire) and we stocked up on some snacks as we were spending the majority of the day sailing down the Mekong River, in a slow boat. After getting across the boarder we all hopped in big Tuk Tuk's. Our luggage was held on top (securely enough mind you!) and we set off to board the Slow Boat.
This was probably one of my favourite days out of my trip. The weather was beautiful, the music was great as was the Laotian food we were served. Those chicken wings were awesome. The Lao food over all was probably my least favourite but I did enjoy a few meals! I don't know if it was because I was a bit ill, which was more likely due to my gallbladder surgery, than the different food. It was such a nice chilled day and we all took a few naps and some of the girls and I took to sunbathing! We had a few line dancing sessions which I was woeful at, but still gave it a chance! I also tried (and failed miserably) to show them some Irish dancing. It's safe to say my dancing skills aren't the best, the whole group will vouch for me on this one!
The Big Indochina Adventure is really busy and you're constantly on the go, so it was such a lovely few hours enjoying the beauty that is Laos. It's honestly one of the most gorgeous places I've been too. It's like a postcard and we were so lucky that we had such beautiful weather. It was only cold in the mornings and sometimes in the evenings. Nothing too bad or anything- especially if you're from the UK or Ireland but you'd still need a cover up or something. We had blankets on the boat too, which was a nice touch. We had to get back on the slow boat the next morning at 7am and it was bloody freezing and I'll tell you those blankets came in handy. But once the sun came out it was scorching again and we were back outside getting some sun!
Some of us girls catching some sun, see I told ya ;) It wasn't really a tanning trip, but we made any excuse. Throughout the trip myself and Kate tried relentlessly to top off our tans whenever we got the chance, friendly competition is always a great base of a friendship! I didn't get anyway sea sick and normally the sight of a boat would make me feel so queasy, but as the name suggest it was really a slow boat. The boat had drinks on board, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic as well as noodles, Oreo's and crisps to buy in case you got a bit hungry. We spent the entire day playing cards, catching up on sleep and getting to know one another, as we were still a pretty new group!
Before we arrived in our next destination Luang Prabang we stopped off to at the Pak Ou Caves,Sacred Caves of Laos. It's only 25km from Luang Prabang and hosts thousands of Buddha Statues and is still used as a place of worship today! It was awesome to see and was a great little stop off to stretch our legs and get ready for the busy day ahead. It was then back onto the Slow boat and make our way to Luang Prabang, which is actually a world heritage site as it's home to many Buddhist Temples. All the boys were very polite and helped lift all our bags into the awaiting tuck tucks, which took our bags to the hotel! Once we checked in we were ready to see what this city had to offer!
Until next time...