Had the sudden desire to reminisce about my first backpacking trip in Laos after bumping into one of my friends who went to Laos with me. Just saw PY yesterday and it was the first time the three of us saw each other again since our trip six years ago. Gosh! Still pretty much the same. The three of us were still laughing over the classic hilarious moments of our trips. It’s amazing how we could still remember those ten days when we were most rugged and adventurous.
How I miss that trip. A very significant turning point of my life. A trip that made me love travelling and yearn to travel to other parts of the world. To explore the world out there and get to meet other people of different culture. I vividly remember myself getting excited after hearing their travel plans and spontaneously telling them that I did not mind backpacking with them just about three weeks before the actual trip! A decision that surprised others as I did not even know PY very well before this trip. However, this last minute decision was one that I did not regret at all even though I was more of a follower for this trip. The two of them gamely planned everything and all they needed to do was to order an extra air ticket for me. 😀
Loved the way how we didn’t bother to look for accommodation before the trip and confidently searched for local budget accommodation only upon arrival. We actually love the small cosy guesthouse with Hello Kitty bedsheets we found in Laos. Not forgetting the other dark shaky “bungalow” on stilts with only a simple queen size wooden bed and a candle in Don Det that only cost us US$1 per night. How I love to wake up early and lay on the hammock all day while watching the sunrise in Don Det. Kayaking to find dolphins out in the Mekong, tubing slowly, eating a fresh fish from the night market everyday… the list of interesting things we did goes on and on.
As much as I love to share about my lovely experience in Europe, I think I would love to slowly share my experiences in Laos when it was less commercialised and touristy back then. Ten days from Kratie in Cambodia to Don Det, then to Vientienne, followed by Luang Prabang and last but not least to Bangkok. Rather than to squeeze everything in a blog entry, I shall take my time to describe my experiences while I can still can vividly remember the stuff. Starting from next weekend then. I’m trying very hard to commit to blooging at least once a week. 😉
Cheers to the start of another week. 3 more weeks to the March holidays!