HOW TO TRAVEL LAOS – VIENTIANE & 4000 ISLANDS

Hey guys if you are planning a trip toLaos you are in the right place! Today we are talking about Vientiane and 4000 islands! Okay so today we talk about the capital of Laos – Vientiane andthe very south of the country 4000 islands.

In the previous videowe talked about the Luang Prabang and Vang Vieng so if you haven't seen it yetmake sure to check it out after this video.

Vientiane the capital of Laos! You canread that you don't need that much time in Vientiane.

Action you can skip it.

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that is partly true because there are not that many things to see in Vientiane.

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it's a capitol and it's a nice city.

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We did like it!It was very well developed and we had lots of fun there – many restaurantsmany cafes, this what we love during the travels and we did enjoy our time inthe city, but there is not that much to see.

If you decide to visit Vientianemake sure to check out those three places: The Victory Gate located in thecity center! It was designed in memory of the Laotanian soldiers who died during theSecond World War and the war of independence from France.

Fun fact? Itwas built by using funds donated by the Americans which were meant to be usedfor the construction of the airport.

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COPE Visitor Center is a must when you are inVientiane.

In that place you'll learn a lot about the history of Laos! For example Ididn't know that Laos is the most bombed country in the World! The land is stillfull of unexploded bombs also known as the UXOs and they are very dangerousespecially in the rural areas! Another place you should visit is Buddha Park.

Since it's not located in the city center you will need some time to reach.

The best way to go there is by renting a bike or going by public buslike we did.

If you decide to take a bus make your way to Talat Sao busterminal and take bus number 14! The price for the ticket is 8000 kip.

Just to compare if you take a private tuk tuk you will pay onehundred thousand! Buddha Park is one of the most popularattractions on the outskirts of Vientiane.

It contains over 200 Buddhist and Hindustatues and this is definitely a place one of a kind! The area called 4000Island is located in the south of the country.

If you want to reach it from Vientiane like we did it may be a bit complicated! First you need to take a busfrom the capital to the city of Paxe.

What I would suggest is to take thesleeping bus.

You may ask what is a sleeping bus.

Well that was something newfor me as well when I came to Asia.

Basically inside the bus you don't havechairs you have beds! So if you decide to take overnight ride – you can sleepthere which is not a bad actually.

And if you are travelling a budget you can savesome money on the accommodation as well! From Paxe you will need to take a minivan to the harbour which is another 2 hours.

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and from there you will have to take aboat to the island.

As you may imagine there are quite many islands, so you haveto decide to which island you want to go! We went to Don Khon and I can stronglyrecommend you this place! 4000 Islands are like the best.

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the best placefor us in Laos! There not the development – basically there is not that many touristplaces, not that many hotels hostels.

The restaurants are all made by localsso you can enjoy local food not like in the fancy restaurant – no.

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You'll probablysit on the ground or something – that's really nice! Since this place is not that touristicyou won't find many real restaurants here.

Most of them are run by the localsinside their houses.

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but this is even better because you can try the realcuisine of the place and believe me most of it is a really tasty! On the streetsand the restaurants you will find many stray dogs.

You don't have to be afraidbecause they are not aggressive They're just lying there and hoping that you will feed them! We were having lots and lots of fun! We stayed there like for fournights and I'm pretty sure we could stay one more week! One of the best things wesaw during our stay on Don Khone was Tad Somphamit waterfall! The entrancefee is 35, 000 kip per person.

Some people think it's too much.

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for me it was okay because I really liked the place! One of the additionally paid attractions thereis the zipline! For a price of 250, 000 kip per person you can take a ride on sevendifferent zip lines and walk on a few funny monkey bridges! I know it's a bitpricey – 250 thousand kid but believe me we had so much fun! We loved like everysecond of it and if I could I would do it again! So it's up to you if you wantto spend 250, 000 kip for a 40 minutes ride on a zip line but I would do itagain for sure! People in this place are fantastic – everybody's nice nobody tried to cheat on us! The area of 4000 Island is atypical countryside! So you will find many animals inside the villages.

It maybe a little bit surprising when you open the door of your guesthouse in themorning and the first thing you see is a cow just in front of the doors.

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Just like on a typical countryside kids here have many duties after school.

So you willfind many of them helping their parents in the restaurants local stores or onthe rice fields.

When you are in 4, 000 islands it's agood idea to check out the biggest waterfall in Asia.

It's called Khone Phapheng! To get there you can book a tour from a local on Don Det or Don Khone or just like we did: you can go back to mainland and hire a private driver.

Make sure to bargain the price because at first they told us it's going to be like two or three hundred thousand.

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I don't remember but in the end wepaid just seventy thousand for both of us both ways! So always make sure to bargain! All right so today we talked about Vientiane and 4000 islands! As mentioned before if you don't have that much time it's okay to skip Vientiane.

If on the other hand you have plenty of time – it's okay to spend the day or two! In comparison the area of 4000island it's definitely worth visiting! We were there for four days but I couldstay another week! This place is basically a countryside sopeople are very friendly and it's not that touristic!.

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