Friday, May 31, 2013

Laos; tips in the City


Where: Vientiane & Vang Vieng
When: 30th April until 4th May
What: A quiet place to enjoy life.
Why: Asia short trip. Let's visit Asia!!

Laos is totally a different experience for me compared to other trips. It made me think a lot. During the trip, a lot of things came in my mind. I had a lot of ideas about everything. It really is a great getaway for me to rethink life. Laos is definitely a place to get away from hectic urban life.

Immediate visa

As usual, only Ewa and I went to Laos. I realized that we are the only Malay Islam girl on the plane, in the airport and in the city. Laos is a safe place to travel with family and friends. Vientiane is a small city where you can just walk around and visit. It may seem large in the map, but in reality everywhere is just a walk away. So super near.

We booked the hotels through Agoda. A trusted website to book hotel rooms through out the world. We stayed in 3 hotels through out our visit in Laos. The first hotel was Inter City boutique Hotel in the capital city Vientiane. It's a nice small hotel with friendly staff. It's a great hotel as it is located opposite Mekong River and night market. The second hotel is Inthira Hotel in Vang Vieng. Finally, our last hotel is Avalon Hotel, capital of Vientiane. There are a lot of hotels either in Vientiane or Vang Vieng. You can just walk in as long as it's not during the peak season.

Tips and facts in Laos:

  • The best muslim food would be Nazim halal restaurant located near Inter City Boutique Hotel. The teh tarik and nasi beriyani are super delicious.
  • Everywhere is a walk away. The city is small. You can save money by walking.
  • If you're staying in Laos for a long period, travel to Luang Prabang. I heard it's a better place than Vientiane and Vang Viang.
  • The cost of living here is quite expensive compared to Malaysia as it's a tourist country. Tourism is one of the country's main income.
  • A bus ride to Vang Vieng from Vientiane is 3 hours away.
  • A bus ride to Luang Prabang from Vientiane is 8 hours away.
Laos, a quiet place to visit; a city that made me think.

Wassalam & Cheers.

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