Arrived Luang Prabang with Vietnam Airlines from Siem Reap. Had already downloaded the visa application form and stuck our photos on it before we left home so while everyone else was labouring with filling out the VOA form we walked straight through picked up our bags and were out of the airport in less than 30 minutes.
We stayed at Thongbay from 8th to 19th October except for three nights away. What a fabulous place, the riverside bungalow with aircon and fans in a garden setting, comfortable beds and pillows, a deck where we had breakfast every morning, and the guesthouse provided transport into town. That was just the start. The staff were so very friendly and helpful, nothing was too much trouble and Kai the lady manager was more like a mother who took special care of us when we both came down with a serious case of the “runs”.
We enjoyed the Pharak Phalam dancing, the Palace Museum, the Garavek storytelling, free movies at night at L’Estranger if you bought a meal and Nava river cruises. The overall ambience of the city itself was very relaxing especially the shade trees along the riverside.
While there we spent two days / one night at the Elephant Conservation Centre at Sayaboury and two nights at Nong Khiaw to take the river boat up to Muang Ngoi and Ban Sop jam. Another case of the “runs” prevented us from enjoying a longer stay.
On the 19th we flew with Lao Airlines to Vientiane as it prepared for the boat festival. A lot of activity in and around the Old Quarter where we stayed at Lao Orchid Hotel - time to wind down our trip to Cambodia and Laos so we simply wandered the Old Quarter, visited the main Wats, missed the National Museum as it was closed the day we went there, ate good lunches at Benoni café and dinners at Ai Capone. Our trip came to an end 23rd October as we flew Air Asia to Hong Kong for an overnight stay before heading home.