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Thursday, October 27, 2011

25 Days of Laos (Part 7)

This is a journal of our 25-day trip around Laos on a rented Honda FTR that we fondly called Mustafa. It starts with a long bus ride from Hanoi to Laos and ends with a longer bus ride back to Hanoi.

Day 8: Nong Khiaw to Vieng Thong
After having breakfast and grabbing some sandwiches from Delilah's, we left for another long bike ride with hopes of reaching Sam Neua before night fall. The weather wasn't in our favor that day. While we were having a stopover in Vieng Thong, we ended up getting stranded because of some heavy showers. Seeing that it was impossible to get Sam Neua before dark and that it would be difficult to find any accommodations on the way, we decided to stay in Vieng Thong for the evening.

Beautiful Blue Mountains

The Road

Although the lights were out in the guest house we were staying at, we were both very happy to explore a new place that's not available to most tourists. Our guest house had a list of sites to visit in Vieng Thong and even though the directions were difficult to follow, we found ourselves in the hot springs the town is apparently known for. It was beautiful. With the mist moving up from the gurgling spring, we were awed by the magical setting.

Near The Guest House

The Rice Field Outside The Guest House

Bathe here!

After that, we decided to explore an uphill road and ended up staying in a family-owned cafe overlooking beautiful green fields and blue mountains.

That night, after a meal of sticky rice and Laos beef steak that had the texture of beef jerky, we slept amidst lit candles, enduring the heat as the electricity was still out.

Quick Travel Tips:

The road from Nong Khiaw to Sam Neua has only one big town where you can stay the night, Vieng Thong. So, in case you feel that you can't get to Sam Neua before dark, you should stay in Vieng Thong. Otherwise, make sure that you've got a tent with you.

Hot Springs. They're located 1 kilometer north of town. Take the Ban San Tai Road. 

The Journey Continues:

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