Welcome to Day 9 of our Northern Thailand and Laos adventure! Today, we will be leaving Luang Prabang and heading to the stunning town of Vang Vieng. Along the way, we will make a stop at a local village and have an authentic experience by spending the night with a Laotian family.
Vang Vieng is situated about 150 km north of Luang Prabang. The drive is scenic and will take us through some of the most beautiful natural landscapes in Laos. We will notice the majestic mountains and lush green forests that surround us as we make our way to the town.
Just before arriving in Vang Vieng, we will make a stop at a local village and spend the night with a Laotian family. This is a unique opportunity to experience the Laotian hospitality and learn more about the daily life of the locals. We can participate in some traditional activities such as rice planting and harvesting, weaving, and cooking.
One of the highlights of spending the night with a Laotian family is having dinner with them. We can try some of the most delicious Laotian dishes such as Lao Larb, a spicy minced meat dish, or Tam Mak Houng, a green papaya salad. We can also enjoy some local beer or rice wine, which is the most common alcoholic beverage in Laos.
After dinner, we will have a chance to relax and unwind in our own private room in the Laotian home. The rooms are simple but comfortable, and they provide an authentic experience that will give we a glimpse into the local culture. We can enjoy the peaceful ambiance and the sound of nature as we fall asleep.