Friday, 1 April 2016
Luang Prabang to Nong Khiaw
After a slightly overpriced breakfast and a short drive around the sights in Luang Prabang, it was time to set off to Nong Khiaw.
Given Nong Khiaw was only 150km from Luang Prabang, we didn't really push and took it easy. Too easy as we would find out since we only made around 20km/h on average.
Still, there was no rush and we stopped for coffee and to take lots of photos in between.
The ride which was supposed to take at most 4h, took the whole day and it started to get dark before we were even near Nong Khiaw.
The roads are mostly very good, until you turn off the main road to get the Nong Khiaw where it all gets very bumpy with lots of potholes.
Still, the views are all nice and it was good in parts to just drive slow and relax.
Unfortunately this meant we didn't get a lot of time to explore and spend in Nong Khiaw but we had some time in the evening to see most of the place.
I've been to Nong Khiaw two and a half years ago and not much has changed, although there are more guesthouses now and a few more restaurants aimed at tourists.
The city is still nice despite there being a lot more tourists this time around, we had dinner at a local place and got some nice photos in the evening.
Nong Khiaw is certainly one of my favorite places in Laos even if it's more touristy now.