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What I Ate in Laos

 

Barbecued Meat, Larb, and … Sandwiches!

I got the inspiration to take on this post by all of the feedback we have received about NOT covering food on our blog thus far. Prior to visiting Laos, I had never had Laotian food. And with that in mind, I figured that taking photos of the food we ate along our journey in Laos might be pretty cool. So, here goes …

Laos Barbecue – Yes, those are the chunks of fat!

[Check-out the full article for more Barbecued Meats, Larb, Sandwiches, and of course, Booze!]

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Every Toilet I Used Over 10 Days in Laos

 

Life on the road is more than just sunrises and sunsets

This feature certainly deviates from the normal inspirational fluff, but sometimes you have to mix things up a little bit. The beautiful photos and videos we post only paint half of the picture of our current life on the road. When we find free time in between visiting AV’s, we’re going to try to do our best to share a little bit of the otherside of traveling around the world for two years.

What better way to start showing you life behind the scenes than to show you pictures of a bunch of funky toilets!

[Don't miss a picture of every single toilet I used in Laos!]

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Pha That Luang Prayer – Vientiane, Laos

 

AV Trip Photo – Pha That Luang Prayer – Vientiane, Laos

Pha That Luang is a Buddhist Temple in Vientiane and is regarded as the most important national monument in Laos. With history dating back to the Hindu’s who built the original in the 3rd Century, this place and now monument surely has a rich history.

Perhaps I am “templed out,” but this stupa did not do much for me in a spiritual way. It is large and it is gold, but it lacks one of the biggest things I have come to love about spiritual sites around the globe, people.

Other than tourists and those working at the site, there were very few locals. In fact, today’s photo captures the one and only local I saw praying at Pha That Luang on the day we visited. She was just outside of the main stupa at an alter that was covered in color, decoration, incense, and her being. Nothing could distract her and I clicked away trying to capture her emotion while praying.

Sometimes I wish there was a camera that would capture the thoughts in people’s minds. A camera that would add a little “thought cloud” just outside of their head. What is she praying for or towards? What is she thinking? How is she feeling?

Pha That Luang Prayer - Vientiane, Laos
 

AV Trip Blog – Current State of Tubing – Vang Vieng, Laos

 

Introduction to Vang Vieng, Laos

Vang Vieng is a small town in Laos that is infamous amongst the twenty-something backpacking community. The availability of drugs and cheap alcohol, have turned this otherwise sleepy Laotian town into the party capital of Southeast Asia for kids (errr…newly minted adults) enjoying their gap-year (that would be taking a year to explore the world between HS/College or College/Work for our American friends who are unfamiliar with the concept :) ).

Party, Party, Party on the River

[Don't miss $2 joints, creative alcohol consumption and what Vang Vieng looks like today!]

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Line of Alms – Luang Prabang, Laos

 

AV Trip Photo – Line of Alms – Luang Prabang, Laos

We watched the morning almsgiving in Luang Prabang last week. As the monks passed before us, under their collective silence you could feel a certain energy radiating through the air. With each monk dressed the same, walking down the sidewalk in a single line and wearing no facial expression, together they appeared as one.

Line of Alms - Luang Prabang, Laos
 

AV Trip Blog – Kuang Si Falls – Luang Prabang, Laos

 

Surprises Feed The Curiosity Of Exploration

Laos is one of the few countries on our AV Trip itinerary that isn’t home to an AbsoluteVisit. Our quick visit to Laos, while unnecessary in our journey to the Top 100 Places, was included because of our curiosity of what we would find on the other side of the Mekong from Thailand.

Curiosity takes us down many paths that don’t look very bright at the entrance. Sometimes we reach the end and the result is exactly as we anticipated. Other times we are met with many incredible surprises along the way. These surprises ignite our curiosity to continue exploring the rest of the world that is unknown to us.

Kuang Si Falls

Last week in Laos, on a very routine morning, we discovered an absolutely surreal place located in the thick Laotian forest. The type of place that fuels the desire to turn over every single rock in the crowded travel world, looking for other diamonds that you didn’t previously know existed. We found Kuang Si Falls.

[Don't miss more incredible pictures from our morning visit to the falls, including us swinging our way from a tree into the water!]

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Phu Si Sunset – Luang Prabang

 

AV Trip Photo – Phu Si Sunset – Luang Prabang

On our first evening in Luang Prabang, we climbed the 100 meter hill in the center of town for a sunset viewing over the Mekong River. The space was tight as tourists flocked for a position of the disappearing sun. Meanwhile, I sat stationary waiting for the perfect moment when the sunset spoke to me and I could indulge in pressing the shutter release button.

Did I find the perfect moment?

Luang Prabang - Phu Si Sunset
 

AV Trip Blog – The Slow Boat to Luang Prabang, Laos

 
There are quite a few ways to get into Laos, but there seems to be only one way for backpackers or those on a budget, the slow boat to Luang Prabang. What’s so special about this “slow boat” you ask? Well, let me tell you!

The Slow Boat to Luang Prabang

A Slow Boat headed for Luang Prabang
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