Route as bellow :
Jan.22nd Zhang Zhou - Shen Zhen -Kuala Lumpur
Jan.23rd Kuala Lumpur -Vientiane
Jan.24th Vientiane - Vang Vieng
Jan.25th Vang Vieng - Luangprabang
Jan.26th Luang Prabang
Jan.27th Luang Prabang
Jan.28th Luang Prabang - Vientiane
Jan.30th Vientiane - Kuala Lumpur -Shen Zhen
Jan 22nd Zhang Zhou - Shen Zhen - Kuala Lumpur
Taxi : 20 rmb ( apartment - Zhangzhou train station )
Train : 138 rmb ( Zhangzhou - Shenzhen Bei )
Subway : 10 rmb ( Shenzhen Bei - airport )
Flight : 508 rmb ( Shenzhen - Kuala Lumpur )
Dinner : 80 rmb ( beef hot pot )
Each time I travelled to one country in Southeast Asia ( except Philippines ) , I had to go to Guangzhou or Shenzhen to take a flight for economic reason , but it was really tiresome yet time-consuming . Due to limited budget and short holiday , I used to make myself a very tight and economic traveling schedule , I mean , I haven't had any extravagant trip yet , nor did I make any detailed traveling plan , I kinda enjoy what uncertainty brought me on the way , either good or bad , I would take it all in . That is the biggest part of the traveling , isn't it ?
The sleep in AsiaAir plane was still a disaster , the seats were so narrow , and snoring came rhythmically from every direction . But fortunately , the seat beside me wasn't taken , I could stretch my legs a little bit more to left and pillowed my head on my bag propped against a window on my right side . Around half past two in the morning , we landed in Kuala Lumpur .
Jan 23rd Kuala Lumpur - Vientiane
Flight : 199 myr
Cell phone SIM card : 20000 kip
Taxi : 28500 kip ( Wattay airport - Meikong River )
Bicycle : 10000 kip
Guesthouse : 60000 kip ( Sport , intersection between Francios Ngin and Setthathirath Rd )
Lunch : 15000 kip ( chicken & beef noodle soup )
Afternoon tea : 22000 kip ( egg with little duck inside , fried rice , meat ball and beer )
Dinner : 40000 kip ( baked chicken , sausage and beer )
Fruit : 5000 kip ( sugar cane )
Snack : 4000 kip ( sticky rice )
At Kuala Lumpur airport , M'cdonald was definitely the best place for rest overnight . But sofas were all taken already , I moved two chairs together , and I put up my feet on one chair with my butt on one anther , and leaned my head on the pole . Although it was already midnight , it was as crowded and noisy as a morning market , bunches of passengers played poker here and there , and some other teased and chatted out loud …… Never wanted to have a God damn good sleep there unless you got drunk .
Wattay International Airport is no more than a two-story building , the security officers still dressed in 90s green uniforms . It is not far away to get to the backpackers area from airport , 15 minutes by taxi or rikisha , but it cost 57000 kip to take a taxi there , pretty expensive .
Patuxai ( literally MeNing Victory Gate or GTe of Triumph ) is a war monument in centre of Vientiane , which built during a turbulent period Lao history , between 1957 and 1968 . The Patuxai is dedicated to those who fought in the strggl leader for independence from France . In romanizing the name from the Laotian language , it is variously transliterated as PatuxI , Patuxay . It is also called Patuxai Arch as it resembles the Arc de Triophe in Paris . However , it is typically LOtian in design , decorated with mythological creature such as kinnari ( half-female , half-bird ) .
The monument was built using American funds and cement actually intended to built a new airport . The Royal Laotian Government instead built the monument , which earned it the nickname of the " vertical runway " .
Jan 24th Vientiane - Vang Vieng
Bus : 45000 kip ( Vientiane - Vang Vieng )
Guesthouse : 60000 kip ( Dokboud guesthouse )
Breakfast : 12500 kip ( sandwich )
Lunch : 15000 kip ( sticky rice with chicken )
Fruit : 13500 kip ( banana and )
Dinner : 450000 kip
Originally , I planned to Luangprabang by bus this evening . But I changed my mind when I saw many foreigners loaded up into a minivan to Vang Vieng . I didn't know where Vang Vieng was at first until I checked its Chinese name . It's a place for tubing , kayaking , jungle fly and rock climbing , a place that tourists would stop by once they come to Laos . And Blue Lagoon , in Vang Vieng , attracts many people to try branch diving , it is what you cannot miss once you get there .
I took a minivan at half past two in the afternoon , but it took almost four hours to be Vang Vieng , one hour more than expected ! When got off the bus , I was shocked to find that there were so many Kerean people , here , there , everywhere . And almost every restaurant showed Kerean characters and the waiters and waitress were all coached to speak a little Kerean , and Kerean hot pot is also the main food to attract tourists . That was out of my very thought .
I took a tour around the little town , the backpacker hostels were still the paradise for westerners , and fancy hotels for Kerean people . Every ten or twenty meters on both sides of the streets stood one small vendor sold pancake and sandwich , four or five bars were filled with tourists , and restaurants were even crowded with people . They were all for tourists without doubt , but it still lag behind what I saw in Siem Reap , after all , Angor Wat is one of the Seven Wanders in he world , Cambodia and Laos are both underdeveloped ththhough .
I checked in one guest house and paid 120000 kip for two nights , which turned to be a bad decision due to my inconsiderate plan . Tour agents were everywhere to be seen , and what they offered were pretty similar , half day or one day trip to kayaking , hiking , cycling and jungle flight . And one-day trip to water cave , kayaking and blue lagoon is the most popular entertainment program for tourists , and if you got more days in Vang Vieng , you could book a hot air blood or register a course for rock climbing , and they are both very expensive .
Eventually , I registered a one-day program ( I really doubt that if it was a whole day program ) with Kayaking of 90000 kip .
Jan 25th Vang Vieng - Luangprabang
One-day trip : 150000 kip ( kayaking & Blue Lagoon )
Bus : 110000 kip ( Vang Vieng - Luangprabang )
Breakfast : 23000 kip ( pancake and chocolate )
Dinner : 49500 kip ( chicken noodle and grilled fish&chicken wing )
I got up with a little hope that it would stop raining , but things always went against our hope . It still rained and showed no signs of sunny in a while . " Am I gonna do this even it rained so hard ? "
I put on a waterproof coat and sprinted to the tour agent . I was told that It wouldn't be cancelled if it rained or not . I watched the sheeting rain and the mist swirled around the hills , debated , " I am not gonna give up on it just because it rained or it was cold outside , I could well-prepare for it like eating something fat or in high calorie . Yea , how can I give it up , that's not me !"
Around eight o'clock , one Tuktuk stopped by the agent , there were six Thai students sitting on the tuktuk , scarves tied around their necks and towels covered their thighs . I slung my bag onto the Tuktuk and climbed in with ease . And then six Kerean ladies in late thirty also joined us later . Even though it was raining and cold , there were always some people who did not give a shit , haha . The driver lit the ignition and Tuktuk roared into life , I crossed my arms over my chest to keep warm . But as the Tuktuk accelerated , the biting wind sliced my each exposed body , I put on the hood and tied the towel more tightly around my thighs . But even so , I still trembled a lot ......
As we arrived the parking lot , it stopped raining , but it did no good to us actually , Coz we were gonna swim in the water !!!
I striped off my coat and shirt and waded into the creek , I gasped as waves of freezing sense shot from toes to head and goose bumps rose all over my arms . I rubbed my arms up and down to assuage the coldness in vain . Each of us was given a buoy , and we sat in the hole with our butts , and we needed to pulled the ropes that led to the water cave inside . It was a little cave , nothing special .
When out of water , we all gathered and squatted around the little bonfire to keep warm , the lunch that provided by agent was a box of cold fried rice , banana and bread , but even so I still tried to eat as much as I could to get energy .
Later we started kayaking , it was a stupid program , I meant I made it stupid , coz I sucked at kayaking . No matter how we tried to peddle evenly on both side , the boat was always steered to right side , and I had to ask my partner to peddle more and harder on the left . And the coach was pissed off that we always got stuck in the turbulence and could not get rid of it .
The last part of today's activity was Blue Lagoon . Many tourists gathered around the pool , either took photos or clapped for the diving performers . Due to lousy weather , there were only three or four tourists swam or dove in the pond . But one westerner performed three nice dive that arose a little fuss . I was cold , but it was one-way ticket , I did it now or I gave up on it in my lifetime .
I retrieved the stick back with a hook tied around one long stick , it was wet and slippery . I grabbed the stick with both hands , and jolted for the pool . Somehow , I lost the grip of the stick and dropped into the water awkwardly , my sight was immediately blurred by water . I kicked hard with my two feet and pedaled up in the water , that sucked . I crawled out of the pond on fours and replayed how I dropped into the pond in hilariously . " That sucked , Joe . " I looked up at the platform overhead , unsure if I would make a fool of me again , " it is gonna be okay , I can do it . There is nothing to be afraid , I can do it . " I uttered to myself , trying to ease my worry . I took a deep breath and made my way up the stairs , but each step was laden with deepening pressure and trepidation . I tried not to look at the tourists bellow and focused on the stairs only . But even so , my heart was thumping harder and my breath uneven . With my feet on the top stair , and the platform was only three meter away , my mind went blank and I could hear the heartbeat inside my chest . I took another deep breath and exhaled deeply , and walked to deathly point slowly . Standing on the diving platform , I saw that there were so many people watching me and holding their cell phones and cameras to videotape what I did next . But I just clutched on the rail with my left hand , unsure how to let go and jump . I looked down at the pond and then back at the platform , and then back at tourists , I felt so much pressure weighing on my shoulders . Each second seemed to take longer than eternity , gradually awkward silence descended upon us . " Go ! You can do it ! " someone shouted . I moved forward my left foot a little and tried to let go of my hand on the rail , but it felt like it glued tightly on the rail . Deep down , I knew that the longer I took to prepare to jump , the harder I jump ! " " &$@#%£€¥ ! " one Kerean girl said to me in Kerean , I didn't understand what she meant but I guessed she was trying to give me some confidence . I moved forward my left foot a little bit and tried to let go my hand off the rail , but it felt like gluing to the rail . I lost the shot . Before long , more Kerean people clapped their hands and said something in unanimous , a wave of confidence shot through my back , " it is now or never , Joe ! Ahhhhh ! I " I shouted to release the terror in my mind , and jumped off the branch . I shut my eyes off and hoped to slump into the water faster than the gravity gripped my heart . This time I dropped into the water deeper , countless bubbles rose before my eyes and I heard muffled hooray for me . " Yes , I did it ! " I murmured inside .
It was a crazy day and some people were even crazier , and I was definitely one of them !
Jan 26th Luang Prabang
Tuktuk : 20000 kip
Breakfast : 32500 kip ( noodle soup with pork , sticky rice )
Dinner : 15000 kip ( sandwich )
Dinner : 60000 kip ( grill fish , pork , duck and beer )
Cell phone SIM card : 20000 kip ( 1250 MB for Internet )
Guesthouse : 70000 kip ( Bounchaleurn GH )
" Luang Prabang ! Luang Prabang ! " One driver yelled passengers out of sleep .
" we got to Luang Prabang ? " I rubbed my eyes , shielding the percing light overhead .
As dizzy as I was , I groped down the bunk , and put on the soaking shoes . I slung my bag pack over my shoulder and sprinted down the stairs . A gust of cutting wind blew fatigue outta me and dragged me back to reality . It was quite dark out there , and it was raining heavily . I looked around and found shelters were nowhere to be seen . It was just half past four in the morning , I couldn't wait till rain died down or wind lulled before I went looking for a guesthouse . I might as well go to the backpacker areas and check if there is any place to keep warm before I check in .
One Tuktuk dropped me off at a intersection and pointed to a lane , " You could find a guest house inside . "
I went down the road and found many gates were closed tightly with a piece of paper " FULL " on it . I had to feed my stomach with something hot before I knocked at the door , I bought a bag of sticky rice on my way to a breakfast stall .
Sheeting rain splattered on the roof , I splashed through puddles and finally stood under a rain shelter at a cross . Before long , more and more tourists gathered around with a bowl of sticky rice and packages of snacks on a plate . And I came to realize that they were waiting for monks when I overheard that they were talking about giving food to monks later .
" Look ! They are coming ." A young lady said excitedly , as if she found something unusual in life .
More than ten monks with umbrellas walked along streets in line , the tourists went towards them , fully prepared . One lady squatted down , and pinched one mouthful rice and put it into one monk's bowl or something ( I dun know how to say it ) , and other tourists all followed the lady , either stood or stooped . The monks took all the givings with composed , nothing uncomfortable or confused when someone took photo of them with flash on .
The tourists thinned at the cross when the monks vanished in sheeting rain , everything became quite , cold and aloof again . I stood under a shelter , trembling a lot . It was only then that I would regret for not preparing well before I came . But if I had well-organized everything , guesthouse , bus , food , I wouldn't have love it as much as I did in the past years . Haha .
Sky turned leaden blue , and light blue , but it was still raining relentlessly . I couldn't stand it anymore , God damn cold and fatigued ! It was now that many restaurants opening up , steam swirled up high . Man ! It felt so GOOD when I took a sip of the scalding soup , a sense of warmth ran down from my throat and reached into my stomach . I gobbled down two bows of noodle soup without a second thought , I just needed it , I needed it so bad ! And I wanted to have a hot bath , I haven't had one since I came to Laos , and I got so much dirt ! Hot spring would solve so much problem . Do you get it !?
Speaking of hotel reservation in Luangprabang , or in Laos , is pretty odd . They don't like their guest houses to be booked online , and if we want to book a room , we could just go and check in directly . If fully booked up , they would ask you to come back at eleven or twelve to see if there is any room available . Some of the owners do not even check how many days backpackers will stay , and just charge them day by day .Luangprabang is a very small town , but many guest houses tuck aways in small lanes or unpopulated streets , and it is even weird that it is very difficult to find a room to live . Many tourists come to Luangprabang from Vientiane or Vang Vieng in the early morning , six or eight hours easier than check-out time , we have to walk door by door to see if there is any room available . Pretty time-consuming .
It rained all day long , tourists gathered around the cafe and restaurants . They bantered , teased with each other to kill the lousy day , sandwich and coffee were the only thing we had here , the grilled fish and pork were cooked in a way I didn't like , and it tasted quite different from it did in Vientiane and Vang Vieng , I meant , it tasted like stalled or preserved meat .
As night fell , temprature dropped to bellow ten degrees , I shut all the windows to keep warm , but I could still hear the wind murmured through the chinks , raindrop splattered on the window sill restlessly . I poured myself a basin of hot water and dunked my feet into it . Man , that felt so right ......
That was the best sleep I've ever had in Laos .
Jan 27th Luang Prabang
Guesthouse : 70000 kip ( Bounchaleurn GH )
Breakfast : 15000 kip ( noodle soup with pork )
Lunch : 15000 kip ( noodle soup with pork )
Ticket : 20000 kip ( Moutain Phusi )
It was still a casting day , layers of grey cloud pressed low overhead .
I got no specific plan for today , just walked around the little town and took some photos . It is said that Luangprabang was an ancient town in which there are more than thirty temples were located . In each temple , I saw there was one plate of important information on morning alms giving .
“ The morning alms round ( in Lao : Tak Bat ) is a living Buddhist tradition for the people of Luang Prabang which , because of its beauty , has become a major tourist attraction . However , when tourists are unaware of its customs their inappropriate behavior can be distruptive . We would like to draw your attention to this religious practice , which has great meaning for the population of Luang Prabang . ”
Observe the ritual in silence and contribute an offering ony if it is meaningful for you and can do so respectfully . Please buy sticky rice at the local market earlier that morning rather than form street vendors along the monks route . If you do not wish to make an offering , please keep an appropriate distance and behave respectfully . Do not get in the way of the monks’ procession or the believers offerings . Dress appropriately : shoulders , chests and legs should be covered . Do not make physical contact with the monks . Large buses are forbidden within the Luang Prabang World Heritage Site and are extremely disturbing . Do not follow the procession on a bus – you will stand above the monks which in Laos I disrespectful . Luang Prabang is a little , quiet town , but tourism makes it a totally different place right now . Most of the houses lined up on both sides of the main road are decorated into guest houses , restaurants , souvenir shops , and the monks in temples are already got used to the disturbing tourists .
Night Market is famous in Luang Prabang . As night fell , half of the main road were saturated with vendors of different handicrafts , drawings , clothes . It looked quite similar with the markets in other countries in Southeast Asia . There were also some BBQ and food vendors tucked away in a lane that attracted lots of tourists , you were given a bowl and you could pick whatever you want from around fifteen food , mostly were vegetable of course , into the bowl , and then the vendor owner would help heat it with a pan , one bowl 15000 kip . For backpackers , it is a pretty good choice to eat local food yet save money .
Jan 28th Luang Prabang - Vientiane
Bus : 190000 kip ( from Luang Prabang to Vietiane )
Bicycle : 20000 kip
Ticket : 20000 kip ( Kuang Si Waterfall )
Breakfast : 10000 kip ( sticky rice )
Lunch : 15000 kip ( noodle soup with pork )
Fruit : 7500 kip ( Logan )
Dinner : 27500 kip ( grilled chicken )
Souvenir : 20000 kip ( drawing )
It was the last day in Luang Prabang , And I got no big plan for it in such atrocious weather . But I still got ten hours left before I set off for Vientiane , I ain't gonna walk around this little town and take some stupid photoes , No fu*kig way .
Kuang Si Waterfall might not be a bad choice , it is a highly recommended place in Luang Prabang , just like the Blue Lagoon in Vang Vieng . It is around 30 kilometers south og Luang Prabang , the falls begin in shallow pools atop of a steep hillside . These lead to the main fall with a 60 meters cascade and the water collects in numerous turquoise blue pools as it flows downstream . The locals charge a nominal admission fee 20000 kip to visit the site , but it is well maintained with walkways and bridges to guide the visitor . Most of the pools are open to swimming ( although at least one is closed as being a scared site ) .
Normally people would take a Tuktuk or rent a motorcycle to K.S. Waterfall due to the distance , slopes and bad road condition . But it might be a very good chance for me to make some difference to the trip , I meant I might ride a bicycle , a city bike instead of a mountain bike , to be there . It sounds crazy to you , doesn't it ? Well , if I had rode a mountain bike , it wouldn't have been so much fun , would it ? I don't care about how many slopes on the way , or how steep the slopes are , or even that I get a flat tyre half way there , I just wanted to do it as I did many times before .
With a brief check on the bicycle , I hit the road . It started with a five-kilometer distance in the town , and then twenty-five-kilometers in the backcountry . Yea , there were so many slopes and little rocks on it , and one single careless move would easily bring me trouble , either a flat or an awkward fall-off ,or something beyond my thoughts . I steered the handlebar carefully to evade little rocks as many as possible and tried not to break the bike with a sudden pedal , it looked just so flimsy ...... Around every seven kilometers stood a village , several married ladies sat together in the yard , breastfeeding their babies cuddled in their arms . Some men slept in the hammocks tied around trees , and some others played pokers .
In the last ten kilometers , each pedal became much more difficult . I felt so exhausted yet starved , and what's even worse was I got a cramp in my right thigh .....
After three hours , I reached the Kuang Si Waterfall . It looked like HuangLong , as other Chinese tourists said . And it was a pity that I didn't bring my swimming suit , coz there was also a trunk lied down on the bank and one portion of it protruded out in the air , two or three meters over the surface , another nice diving platform . I swear that I am not afraid of it at all , haha !
As I rode back , it was finally sunny , and it was much easier that more of the roads were downhill . But for uphill slopes , I could only push the bicycle on foot , too exhausted and starved .
After a brief rest , I packed up my luggage and went to the bus station with Tuktuk . My seat was on the last row and bottom bunk , five persons slept together in a compressed space , a bit sticky and humid . Around half past eight , the bus left for Vientiane , as the scene became blurry , I drifted in and out of consciousness ......
Jan 29th Vientiane
Guest House : 60000 kip ( Sport )
Breakfast : 15000 kip
Lunch : 21500 kip ( corn and sticky rice with pork )
Dinner : 85000 kip ( noodle with pork and beer )
The last day of each trip was a nightmare to me , I had to walk through all kinds of shopping malls or souvenirs shops to buy something for friends and relatives . It wasn't ever hard to pay for it , but selecting what to pay was Goddamn hard . Each time you bought something and gave it to your friends , then each twitch of their eye brows would kill me so bad . But even so , I still need to select and pay for what could or could not satisfy my little friends , haha ......
There was a shopping mall near president house , and I would like to say it was more of a market instead of a shopping mall . Cell phone configuration shops take up one third of the shopping mall , and garment shops take another third , handicrafts , jewelry and daily goods the rest . It is definitely not a place where tourists would visit . But I still paid 72000 kip for six expired medicine ......
It was the last night in Laos , I went to a little restaurant that was always staffed with customers and never tried . And it turned out to be the best restaurant I ever went in Laos . They offered steamed chicken and pig paws , as the Cantonese breakfast , and the price was quite reasonable . I gobbled down two bowls of noodles and three plates of paws . Damn , my stomach was bout to explode if I swallowed down one mouthful of food . But it wasn't the night I wanted , I wanted more than that , I could not end my last night in Laos without alcohol . I dropped by a little restaurant near where I lived , and ordered eight bottles and grilled chicken . I poured myself a cup and took a gulp of it , a waving sense of coolness streaming down from my throat to my stomach , that felt so right . I poured another a cup before I savored how it tasted at this very moment , and I took a long drag out of it , no matter bitterness or sweetness , it was more than good . Before long , five bottles of beerlao was empty , my stomach was stretched to its extreme , any more beer would intrigue my vomit . There were always some friends asking me why I liked drinking so much , well , it wasn't about the beer itself but what beer , or rather alcohol , brought me actually . When the grilled chicken got cold , the alcohol took its effect , and the slight dull sensation of dizziness pooled in my head . I scratched at the label , recalling what just happened in the past seven days . As the slight numbness died down , I yanked open one more lid out of the sixth bottle and took a sip at it , it tasted a little bit bitter when the coolness wore away , I took another sip and then another long drag out of it , MAN , I needed to pee …… With the alcohol once again numbed my nerves , I staggered back to my hotel and slumped down onto the bed , unconsciousness ……
Jan 30th Vientiane - Kuala Lumpur - Shen Zhen
Breakfast : 6000 kip ( sticky rice )
Flight : 71 usd ( from Vientiane to Kuala Lumpur )
Flight : 239 myr ( from Kuala Lumpur to Shenzhen )
Hotel : 45 rmb
Basically , I spent whole day long sitting on the plane and recording all the bits and pieces of the tour into IPAD . To be honest , I hope that I can not transfer in Kuala Lumpur International Airport if I ever again go to any country in Southeast Asia ...... It is way too time-consuming to transfer several different vehicles in a day ……
Even though the trip to Laos is probably the most boring one , but thank God I still did something memorable , diving from a branch and cycled to Kuang Si Waterfall . I mean , nine times out of ten , I won't be back to Laos again , but it still added something , something extraordinary and unforgettable , to the trip in my life . And I won’t stop adding more to enrich my life .
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