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1 month and 29 days into our journey and we stumble into our most exquisite destination so far.
Welcome to Laos Laos land where everything runs on Lao Lao Time! (Lao Lao is slang for whiskey) In this country, everything slows down to a crawl. Need to go around? Take a slow boat. Want to take a dip? Swing from a tree! Tired of cruising on a motorbike? Grab a tube and go down the river!
We spent 432 hours in Laos and that was not nearly enough. We sulked when we had to leave. But just like what we did for Vietnam, we tell you all the juicy details in the end. It's time to do some number-crunching again (which Chichi has been dreading due mainly to the budget part).
Ready to get down and dirty with numbers?
1. Number of days: 18
2. Number of cities visited: 7
1 - 30-hour bus ride from Hanoi to Luang Prabang for Chichi3. Days both Sole Sisters were in the same city in Laos: 0
2 - Dien Bien Phu: Lois' bus ride from hell
3 - Muong Ngoi, a sleepy little town that could trap you!
4 - Luang Prabang, the city that made even Buddha smile
5 - Vang Vieng, choose your own adventure: With Buckets or Without Buckets
6 - Vientianne
7 - 3-day motorbike loop around Tha Kaek (Watch out for the series!)
8 - Pakse
9 - Magical island of Si Phan Don
4. Number of attempts both Sole Sisters made to reunite in Laos after going their separate ways in Vietnam: 3*
*Luang Prabang, Vang Vieng and finally Pakse. We finally met up, not in Laos, but in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
5. Types of different transportation used: 6 (Bus, train, bicycles, motorbike, tubes, tuk-tuk)
6. Number of times motorbikes broke down while doing the 3-day loop around Tha Kaek: 4 (all in a span of 3 hours)
7. Cost to repair 'Black Mamba', Chichi's motorbike after the crash in Tha Kaek: 200,000LAK(25USD)
8. Cost of enjoying the thrilling ride and beautiful landscape around Tha Kaek: PRICELESS
9. Number of times the Sole Sisters have taken a spill from a bike: Lois: 2 Chichi: 1
10. Hours it took to get from Vietnam to Luang Prabang via bus: 30
11. Number of guesthouses with hammocks: 4 (out of 6)
12. Cheapest price paid for accommodations: 10,000 LAK (1.23 USD)/person/night (Nok Noy Guesthouse in Don Khon, Si Phan Don)
13. Most expensive price paid for accommodations: 35,000 LAK (4.50 USD)/person (Pakse)
Sole Sister Tip: Accommodation is expensive in Pakse and there's nothing much to see around the area. Although. all buses heading to Northern and Southern Laos would pass by Pakse, it would be better to skip it entirely and just take the next bus leaving for your next destination.14. Swing attempts over Kuang Si waterfalls in Luang Prabang: 3
15. Number of failed attempts: 3
|NO, that's not Chichi.|
*Applies to Lois only. Chichi would never dare touch those vile creatures
17. Bottles of Lao Lao and Beer Lao consumed: ~~~
*Chichi will get back to you on this.
18. Cups of strong, hot, steaming Laos coffee consumed: 36
20. Cost of cheapest buffet meal: 2 USD (Bouphant Restaurant in Moung Ngoi, Laos. They serve buffet breakfast and dinner. Sadly no lunch, but 2 meals from here will last you an entire day. Trust us.)
21. Irrawady dolphins spotted around Don Khon: 7
22. Number of waterfalls/lakes/rivers/lagoons visited around Laos: 7
23. Cost of getting pretty in Laos: 0 USD (We figured we would hold out until Cambodia where haircuts and pedicures only cost about $1)
24. Strangers, who weren't strangers after a few hours, met all over Laos: Countless
25. Number of people crammed inside the 24-seater minibus to Mouang Khoua: 45
LOIS' TOTAL EXPENSES: 206.25 USD
We're sharing our experiences and hilarious misadventures in Cambodia in the next coming weeks.
Infatuated with Laos,
Sole Sister Lois and Chichi
Main photo credit: Cara Lee
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