Laos shares borders with Vietnam to the east, Cambodia to the south, Thailand to the west, and Myanmar and China to the north. It isn’t undiscovered but it certainly receives far fewer visitors than its neighbors. Laos’s lifeline is the Mekong River, which runs the length of the country.
I found the highlights of Laos in less visited places further north, in quiet riverside villages overlooked by green mountains. In these villages, it’s all about the rural life. There is limited electricity, no internet, telephones or even cars, and accommodation is basic wooden huts overlooking the river. There are a variety of activities such as trekking, tubing, caving and kayaking.
From the north, I travelled across the country, reaching the 4 000 islands in the south. Cycling around the islands I discovered waterfalls and beautiful view. During sunrise and sunset I enjoy the views from a hammock soaking up the very chilled atmosphere.
I found Laos wonderfully relaxed, friendly and very beautiful to travel around. Apart from spending time with locals, I met some foreigners with whom I became very good friends. After almost a month of traveling around Laos, I was ready to continue with my journey to the neighboring countries. My next destination was Cambodia.
February 23, 2016