After Thailand, Laos was such a sleepy, quiet country that packed a big surprise. I travelled through with a group of friends. Making pit-stops in Luang Prabang, Vang Vieng and Vientiane.

But before we get into that, let’s talk about my experience of the slow boat from Pai to Laos. It was an amazing experience and such a fantastic way to travel. It was also refreshing to slow things down. And to see the countryside and the river views that Laos is famous for.

Luang Prabang and Vang Vieng – Laos

Luang Prabang was a crazy few days of gorgeous French architecture. Amazing food markets, late night bowling and epic bars including Utopia. It was also the home of the stunning Kwang Si Waterfall. It was so beautiful and a perfect escape for the day when we were all feeling a bit delicate.

Vang Vieng was ultimate backpacker madness. I won’t lie, I partied pretty hard as all my friends were together again. It was such a fun few days of tubing on the river and floating along to all the bars. Mud wrestling, playing games, drinking and much more. Lazy days by the river, followed by nights partying in the bars. It was madness and it was such fun!

Backpacker guides to visiting Laos

Vientiane was a flying visit as I travelled through there and stopped for a few hours to refuel before my journey to Vietnam. It looked like a fab city and I wish I’d been able to stay longer but visas had to take priority!

Read more about the real backpacker side to Laos in my posts and plan your own trip there – everything from how to get there, to where to stay and eat. I’m looking forward to returning to Laos one day and revisiting the country but with more of a cultural focus and less partying, I’m sure there’s a lot more I have yet to discover.