Laos, located cozily in between Thailand, Cambodia, China, Myanmar and Vietnam, is often one of the South East Asian countries that’s left un-visited when traveling this to part of the world. And that’s a shame, because Laos is a true gem and one of the cheapest countries to travel in. This is my Laos Top 3
Been there, Don Det
Don Det is a small island located in the south of Laos, close to the Cambodian border. The island is well-known for its beautiful scenery and relaxed hippy vibe. Staying in one of the bungalows on the island means going back to basic with cold showers and toilets that can only be flushed with a bucket. The relaxed vibe on this island is very contagious and soon you’ll be unwinding in a hammock with a fruit shake (or something more sedating) in your hand. For those who find it hard to sit still cheap bikes can be rented all over the island to go for a ride and explore the breathtaking waterfalls.
Soaring through the jungle with the Gibbon Experience
If you’re up for a little more action after being completely rejuvenated at Don Det travel all the way north to go on The Gibbon Experience (www.gibbonexperience.org). Sleeping in the worlds highest tree houses, flying through the Lation jungle on a zipper-line and hiking through beautiful woods while contributing to preserving everything that surrounds you. That’s the Gibbon Experience. Of all my travels this is by far one of the most amazing things I’ve done. Make sure you make a booking in advance as the Gibbon Experience is often fully booked.
Oui oui, Luang Prabang
Luang Prabang (from where you can get on the night bus to the Gibbon Experience) is a town where French influences decorate this charming town everywhere. You can walk through Luang Prabangs enchanting streets or visit one of the many temples. About 40 minutes from Luang Prabang you will stumble upon the Kuang Si Waterfalls which are so greenish blue that you have to pinch yourself to make sure you’re not dreaming. Take a swim in these (cold!!) waterfalls or simply walk around and enjoy the surroundings. When you get back to Luang Prabang pay a visit to the market where delicious baguettes and fresh fruit shakes are sold for just under €1,50.
Next to these three highlights Laos has so much more to offer like visiting the Blue Lagoon in Vang Vieng or strolling around its capital Vientiane. I hope you’ll have a wonderful time in this partly undiscovered little piece of Southeast Asian heaven
*Evelien is one of our guest bloggers who currently travels and lives in Australia. Follow her on Instagram (@eefexplores) or check out her website! All the pictures in this article were shot by Evelien.