Vang Vieng - Luangprabang
This day was mostly spent in travelling from Vang Vieng to Luangprabang. Since it was the end of monsoon the roads were a bit rough and a 4 hr drive took 9-10 hrs to reach the city as I encountered 3 landslides each blocked for an hour or so for clearance along the way and the route was through the entire mountain range as the main bridge connecting the 2 cities was broken too.
If you are planning to travel via the road transport then ensure you keep some butter travel time as road travels can be tricky at times. If you are on a time crunch then it is advisable to travel back to Vientaine and then take bus to Luangprabang. Since my trip consisted of covering only the north of Laos with very specific destinations to visit I did keep some buffer time.
The view through the entire stretch with the beautiful landscapes was just amazing, cutting through the clouds at some places and navigating through the mountain tops in some cases, it was very refreshing. I finally made it to the city at 8 in the evening. A tiring drive I must say but, an experience in it's own.
On reaching the designated hostel the only thing on my mind was the food, being a vegetarian this can again be a challenge in most of the Southeast Asian countries however, I came across a small cafe that looked very interesting from the outside called "Joma Bakery" this is situated on the main street opposite to the Luangprabang night market. I tried a vegetable sandwich here and it was loaded with cheese when I received the order, it was tasty for sure. The ambience was great and you must visit this place if you are in town.
I also happened to visit the Night market which was just across the street from my hostel "Downtown Backpacker's Hostel". This one is the most recommended than the one in Vientaine, you will find interesting stuff artifacts and handcraft items along with clothes and bags to shop for. You can bargain to some extent on bulk buys, the street is lively and colorful, alongside you can also find eateries and options for desserts, etc if you wish to try some not to expensive and surely give a taste of the local food.
Tiring but beautiful drive, good food, great dessert and a cozy bed ended my day here.