We left Luang Prabang in a van and drove through a winding mountain road to get to Vang Vieng. The road went through many hill-tribe villages. During lunch time, we saw students walked on the side of the road heading back home. According to our tour guide, most schools in the remote areas do not have lunch program. So, many students would walk home for lunch, hopefully not too far. Approximately six and a half hours after leaving Luang Prabang, we arrived in Vang Vieng.
Vang Vieng is a small town on the Nam Song River. It’s known for the karst mountain landscape and outdoor-oriented tourist activities. Unfortunately, we only stopped in town for a night, so there wasn’t enough time to do much exploration. I would like to come back some other time.
The next day we continued our trip to Laos’ capital city of Vientiane. Speaking of the capital city, many visitors may have butchered the pronunciation of Vientiane or unsure about how to say its name. The name of the city is pronounced Wieng-Chan. We arrived in Vientiane in early afternoon. After checking into the hotel and having lunch, we had a city tour.
We concluded our Laos adventure in Pakse. The next day we flew from Pakse to Siem Reap, Cambodia. It’s been many years since we visited Siem Reap, but I’m still eager to return to see whether the place had changed.