Showing posts from March, 2018

Getting Around Vientiane - Wheels or Heels?

While Vientiane certainly gives me the first impression of being one of the most relaxed capital cities in the world, it has been making a concerted effort to achieve urban development. Its gradual improvement and establishment of its public transportation system is testament to this, benefitting both locals and travellers alike. It was certainly a breeze trying to move around this capital sitting on the Laos-Thailand border for me, and I am sure it will be for you too!

Getting to the City Centre 
If you are planning to take a flight to enter the country via Vientiane, you may wish to consider the new route which SilkAir has inaugurated in recent years. A loop service which runs 3 times a week, the flight route starts in Singapore and has layovers in Vientiane and Luang Prabang before heading back to Singapore. Since the backpacker’s circuit which I was planning to embark starts in Vientiane and ends in Luang Prabang, this was a perfect fit for my itinerary with direct flights on both…

Welcome to Laos - the Mysterious Land of a Million Elephants!

After concluding our miniseries on Hanoi, I will now be sharing with you about a rather mysterious nation which has been overshadowed by its neighbours in terms of numerous aspects such as tourism, urban development and economic growth. I had the opportunity to embark on the well-travelled backpacker circuit along the northern region of Laos in January – traversing the territories from Vientiane to Luang Prabang via the quaint village of Vang Vieng

Despite being within close geographical proximity, the thought of visiting this country has never crossed the minds of many Singaporeans who would rather visit other more established cities like Bangkok and Hanoi. By sharing about my little trip to the Land of a Million Elephants, I hope to inspire more like-minded travellers to give this exotic destination a chance and explore Laos while it still retains its authentic feel. Its amicable residents are also one of the reasons why so many tourists have crowned this country as their favouri…