Haystack Giggles in Vang Vieng, Laos

After traveling  seven hours from Luang Prabang…we reached the town of Vang Vieng in Laos.  As you can see, the landscape was absolutely breathtaking!  One of the women that was traveling with the G Adventures tour that I was on through Thailand, Laos and Vietnam, remarked that there wouldn’t be any night life here.  There was one road leading into town and it was quite rural.

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With this to gaze at…I didn’t care!

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One of these sweet little girls stuck her tongue out at me after I took the photo…because I didn’t give her any money.

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Claire and Isabel–two of the ladies on the tour and I rented some rickety bicycles and explored some caves in the countryside.  Traversing the bumpy dirt roads made us giggle…the simple things can be so much fun!

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Then, when Claire got up on the haystack for a photo…it started collapsing…so we collapsed with laughter!  Unfortunately, I don’t have a photo of that.

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This photo intrigues me.  I wonder what the boy was doing.  His dog almost looks like a fox to me and he has a bag by his side.  I would have stuck around to find out, but we were on our bicycles, so off we went.

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We spent two nights in Vang Vieng and then drove three hours to Vientiane, the capital of Laos.  After checking into the hotel, I walked to the market and shopped.  Everything was so inexpensive – $3.00 for a purse, $5 for a silk scarf, etc.  I couldn’t resist this hand embroidered blouse and splurged on a shampoo and style for $5.00!

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Our tour finishes with Hanoi, Vietnam and the stunning Halong Bay tomorrow!

White Temple in Chiang Rai, Thailand

The Wat Rong Khun temple or “White Temple” is located in Chiang Rai, Thailand and we stopped there while en route from Chiang Mai to Chiang Khong.  As you can see it is beautiful and very artistic.  It was in fact designed by an artist named Chalermchai Kositpipat.

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The hands sculptures were on either side of the walkway at the front entrance!

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He had quite an imagination…

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At the border of Laos we boarded this slow boat for an eight hour trip on the Mekong River.  We had the boat all to ourselves!

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We stopped at a village where the Hmong hilltribe people lived in Laos…and a discussion began concerning happiness.  One of the women on the trip felt very sorry for these people.  They seemed quite happy to me!  So long as people have a roof over their head, food to eat, clean water, and medical attention when necessary…especially if that is the life they have always led…then perhaps the simpler life style is less stressful.

The history of Hmong people is very interesting…you should take a look.

Beautiful girls…

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Pet monkey on a chain…:)

Next…more of Laos…followed by Vietnam!

UNESCO World Heritage Sites…SE Asia & the Middle East

 

These are the UNESCO sites I’ve been to in Southeast Asia and the Middle East:

 

Luang Prabang, Laos

 

Ha Long Bay, Vietnam 

 

 

Historic Cairo, Egypt

 

 

The Pyramids in Egypt 

 

 

Saint Catherine, Egypt

 

 

 

Petra, Jordan 

 If you’d like to learn more about any of these areas…click on the country

here on my blog…or visit Unesco World Heritage Sites.