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The roads between Laos and Northern Vietnam are not the best and there had been heavy rains recently, so I decided to fly from Hanoi to Luang Prabang. This trip began with the overnight train from Sapa that arrived in Hanoi at 4:45 am, then a flight that left the airport at 6:30 in the evening. I met a really cool Colombian couple on the airport shuttle in Hanoi and would spend the next week or so traveling in Laos with them. The flight was about an hour and customs was a breeze at the airport. The guesthouse I stayed at was a 15 minute tuk tuk ride from the airport and a great home base for my time in LP. There was in-room wifi, a hot shower, and a big bed for $8/night. I absolutely loved Luang Prabang. It was beautiful, charming and full of wonderful people. The Lao food I had there was very good and there was a French bakery/cafe that made Parisian quality pastries as well as great breakfast and coffee. I did the standard touristy things for LP and they were enjoyable. I watched the feeding of the monks at 5:30 am, visited a few of the many temples in the city, watched the sunset from a hilltop temple, and went to the night market. I finally got to taste the much heralded Beer Lao and must say it’s the best beer I have had this trip. LP is the starting point for trekking and I did a 2 day/1 night trek/homestay. It was awesome; absolutely perfect. Luang Prabang was my first taste of Laos, and if it was any indicator, Laos could very well be my favorite country in SE Asia.

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