A modern and upbeat city Vientiane is bustling and busy but has a bit of a laid back quality as well. Some fantastic architecture, bakeries, and yes, silk factories such as Carol Cassidy's Laos Textiles... where I bought another silk wall hanging of exquisite design and work womanship! Our hotel, the treasure Hotel, was brand… Continue reading Vientiane – The New Capital of Laos – Beauty meets Modern
The next stop on our whirlwind tour of this area of Laos was a small town where we stayed in a Guest House called the Vilayvong. Check it out here: https://www.galahotels.com/en/Hotel/lao_people_s_democratic_republic_124/vang_vieng_652661/vilayvong_hotel_1888942 Located close to the river there were numerous water sports to participate in around the corner. Waterfalls, swimming, kayaking, and tubing can be purchased… Continue reading Vang Vieng Town and Vilayvong Guest House
This lovely village of Vang Vieng is located just outside the main town. It took a few minutes to navigate the dirt roads and get to our center village. Our home stay hosts were awaiting us. After some quick introductions we were whisked off to get settled in our rooms and… Continue reading Vang Vieng Home Stay…Yay!
The Ock Pop Tok silk factory was incredible! They make the silk from scratch...well from silk worms...they do all the making work! They use natural vegetable dyes and hand spin and hand loom the threads into incredible masterpieces! Yes I bought one! Ok 2! From the history of the silk worm (a highly guarded secret… Continue reading Ock PopTok Silk Factory in Luang Prabang and more food!
This evening we had the great fortune to have dinner with a local Lao family. The family prepared a traditional meal, gave us luck bracelets which tied us to the family and granted us permission (by the ancestors) to enter the home and be peaceful within. We had a beautiful ceremony with two elders and… Continue reading Evening with a Lao family
From Thailand to Laos... From Chiang Khong to the Laos boarder was pretty easy drive and an even easier crossing into Laos. Our guides on both sides were wonderful! Gotta love G@Adventures for great planning. The vans were waiting for us to take to the slow river boat down the Mighty Mekong river. A beautiful… Continue reading Down the river with you…the mighty Mekong River!