Thursday, 31 March 2016
The Drive from Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang
It was supposed to be a short and quick drive from Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang. So after taking time for breakfast in the morning we set off.
The landscape is very nice so it's definitely worth taking some time while driving to enjoy and take in the views.
It's easy to get distracted when the journey seems short and you have enough time for the drive. So instead of driving, we stopped to wash the motorbikes and change oil and generally took it easy.
This was good but we also missed the turn to take the shorter way so we ended up doing some extra km, the road was great as were the views so it wasn't too bad.
I've done this road about 2 years ago in a bus but it's much nicer on a motorbike than being stuck inside a bus without being able to stop and take photos or just take in the views.
With all the breaks and the detour it started to get late and there was still quite a way to Luang Prabang.
The up and downs and corners along the mountain road were great and it was very surreal at times with hardly any noises and the fading light also making everything seem very calm.
Although there was still quite a way to go, we decided to stop for a beer on a bridge in a small village and it was fantastic. It was really calm, relaxed and the locals came to say hi.
If there would have been a guesthouse the journey would have stopped here for the day. Since there wasn't a guesthouse, it meant continuing on in the dark till we made it to Luang Prabang, where a power outage made for a interesting experience.