For now this laptop lives on, and I can finally tell you about these past amazing days. From Vang Vieng the mini van drove through hills, mountains and the off beaten road the reach Luang Prabang. The roads between cities here in Laos is pretty bad, and almost everyone in our minivan got car sick. I was the last person they picked up before hitting the road and had to sit in the front. Right before the minivan picked me up I took my precautions taking a pill against motion sickness. The drive from VV to LP takes about 4 hours, driving up through the mountains. The view is amazing, so make sure to get a window seat, preferably in the front, because you know, you don’t want to hurl all the way to Luang Prabang, like one of the french guys in the minivan. As I mentioned the roads are pretty bad, and it almost gave me a heart attack. The driver drove like a mad man, almost running down everyone walking in the streets, and raping the car horn for everyone to move out of the way. At one point he almost ran over a dog, instead of slowing down to let the dog get out of the way, this guy starts speeding up, and the dog barely survived. Good gracious, we have at least another 3 hours to go. I say a little prayer and kiss my buddha for good luck.
Here are some pictures of the view you get when you drive:
In Luang Prabang I stayed at this wonderful guesthouse called Nocknoy Lanexang Geusthouse, 2 minutes walk away from the night market. Perfect location! The woman running the guesthouse were super sweet. Here you also get free breakfast, 2 bottles of water everyday along with towel change, great wifi and air con. The beds are huge and soft, guaranteed a good nights sleep. After being fairly unlucky with previous stays here in Asia, I do appreciate a nice and clean room, without bedbugs. I’m sure you can understand, so if you are looking for a nice place to stay, I whole heartedly will recommend Nocknoy.
(Banana pancakes, fresh fruit and mango smoothie for breakfast)
My friend recommended me a travel group on FB, called Girls love travel, in shorts, GLT. Here you can post travel related questions, meet up with other travellers, or get travel tips. I’ve been a member of this site for a couple of months now, and haven’t met anyone, until I came here to Luang Prabang. I’ve been traveling alone for a while now, I truly love it but sometimes it gets very lonely. Especially when there is so much cool stuff to do, and sometimes you just want to share those moments with someone else. So I wrote on GLT, asking if anyone were in the area and wanted to go to Kuang Si waterfalls with me. I was in luck, a girl named Aubrey replied that she would be there as well, traveling solo and would love to go with me. And just like that, we met up in the afternoon and boy did we go on adventures together. Aubrey is the redhead chick in the pictures, and I had an amazing time together with her! Just because you travel alone, doesn’t mean you have to be alone all the time. For any other solo female travelers out there, GLT is a great community for those times when you just want to share that happiness. Traveling is a wonderful learning experience, challenging me in so many ways. For every day that goes by, I’m falling more and more in love with this world. I can’t wait for my next adventures, but first imma tell you about my awesome nature treks through the jungle in Luang Prabang.
Have a beautiful day everyone, love Chris.