August 2006 - Thailand and Laos
Back from my first ever trip to Asia - Thailand and Laos . It was also my longest solo trip thus far (four weeks). I had an excellent time and I can't wait to go back.
I visited Bangkok which was really a pleasant surprise. I'd read so much negative stuff about the city but I loved it. It's a big sprawling place with lots to discover.
After that I went to Vientiane the very charming capital of Laos and then on to Sam Neua near the Viet Nam border in northeastern Laos, which was one of the real highlights of my whole adventure.
From Sam Neua it was a very exciting bus ride to Phonsavan which in itself was not at all exciting and actually pretty disappointing. Had I known it would be so boring (at least to me - I guess archeological sites just don't do it for me) I would have gone the long way through Nam Nouan and then to Nong Khiaw in order to get to Luang Prabang which was the last place I visited before returning to Vientiane then going back to Bangkok and then home to Paris, all too soon I may add.
So all in all an excellent adventure for 2006. Next year I've decided to visit the Middle East and Syria sounds like a most interesting destination...