Before leaving Singapore, I spend 5 days in Laos by myself. It is a pretty save country to travel alone.
I took a flight from Singapore to Luang Prabang down to Vang Vieng and then to Vientiane. Such a nice country ! If you like beautiful landscapes and easy going life you will love it for sure.
Day 1 – Luang Prabang
I spend 2 days in Luang Prabang. Once i arrived i got direclty to my hostel (Chill Riverside Hostel & Cafe) and then sarted to visit. I walked around all the famous temples and museum of the city.
Wat Xieng Thong – Luang Prabang’s best-known monastery is centred on a 1560 .
- Open hours: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM daily
- Location: Khem Khong
- Cost: 20,000kip
I visited then the Royal Palace just next to it with some nice collection and explanation of the culture and history of Luang Prabang.
From the beautiful Wat Sene to the archaic Wat Visoun, there is a wide selection of gorgeous temples for you to immerse yourself in the culture of Laos.
Another temple worth a visit is Wat Xieng Thong. Built in the 16th century, it is the oldest and most important Buddhist monastery in Laos, and remains a symbol of Laotian national identity. It is one of the most beautiful buildings in Laos, situated on the bank where the two rivers meet.
Just walk around in the streets to enjoy some nice temples.
After this nice exploration of the town, i headed to the bamboo bridge near by the river, which stretches across the Nam Khan River to the Garden of Eden. The bridge may look precarious in pictures but is truly sturdy and absolutely capable of holding your weight.
I ended the day at the Mekong Sunset View Restaurant to enjoy the sunset.
Day 2 – Living Land Farm & Kuang Si Falls
Starting the day with the Living Land Farm to get the experience of rice culture. The tour picked me up at my hostel and we drove around 15/20 min to the site. It is a bit expensive but the experience is unique. You are spending the morning learning how to grow rice. I didnt get the lunch.
For the afternoon direction the Kuang Si Falls, i got a tour from the hostel. We drove around an hour. Kuang Si Falls is a tiered waterfall famous for its breathtaking scenery and beautiful emerald waters. And you can swim ! Small fishes are present in the water and try to touch you but nothing to worry about. Those falls are just stunning.
Day 3 – Mount Phousi & Phosi market & Road to Vang Vieng
I started the day early to see the sunrise on mount Phousi. The panoramic views from the top of the hill make this place one of the best lookouts in the country. It is a good 300 steps from the bottom. It wasnt crowded at all in the morning however it is a different story if you do it for the sunset. I didnt have to pay any entrance fee early in a morning, i think you do any other time.
Once the sunset was completed, i headed over the Phosi market, the biggest market in Luang Prabang. This is a good way to check out the local ways of life and also do some last-minute souvenir shopping! From local spices and fresh vegetables to colourful fabrics and adorable handicrafts, the market sells almost everything.
I had then my bus at 1pm to go to Vang Vieng.
Day 4 – Vang Vieng
We arrived in Vang Vieng around 9pm, I headed to my guesthouse : Magic Monkey Garden. Nice and clean hotel, with either dormitory or single room. The hotel also got a swimming pool with view on the mountains.
In a morning I rented a bike from the hotel for the day, and started the journey by going to the Tham Phu Kham Cave, it was a good 10km ride one way. The cave was big and hold a boudda statue inside. Next to the cave there is also the Blue Lagoon were you can swim which was greatly appreciated after cycling under 35 degrees.
Then i took my bike and ride half way back to the start of a hike to go to Pha Ngern Viewpoint. But you have to work for that reward; the trail is incredibly steep, meaning the hike is challenging and made even harder by the heat in the middle of the day. Entry: 10,000 kip
I used this link to get to the start point : https://imissmyplant.com/2018/11/08/getting-to-hiking-pha-ngern-viewpoint-near-vang-vieng-laos/
Very well explained and detailed.
Beautiful view from the point and worth the hike. I was the only one at the top with a lady selling drinks.
Then back to the hotel with a well deserved Lao beer and stunning view over the mountains.
Day 5 – Vang Vieng to Vientiane
Get up early for the bus pick-up to Vientiane. We drove around 4h before we reaching our destination the bus station. Then i took a small bus/taxi to go in the city center where my hotel room was.
I started right away to the Sisaket Temple, 19th-century Siamese-style temple with a museum & cloister wall housing thousands of small Buddhas. I then walked back to the hotel by the river side where you can enjoy a nice Night Market.
Day 6 – Vientiane + Departure
I had just few hours before i had to head to the airport, so i just walked by the river and enjoyed a coffee at the Sinouk Coffee. Very nice and cosy place by the river.