Laos. Asia à la carte!

My week in Laos starts early in the morning in Luang Prabang, where I find myself jetlagged and full of anticipation as I walk through the streets, which are still empty. The Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and many say that it is the most charming city in Southeast Asia. The markets are magnificent, teeming with Laotian paraphernalia, fresh fruit, vegetables, meat and fish and delicacies at ridiculously low prices. The colonial French past has had a positive effect in terms of the variety of the cuisine: alongside Laotian delicacies, we can find nice cafés selling baguettes and croissants here. Perfect!
Laos. Asia à la carte!
With curiosity and a camera

Hi, my name is Tobi Schnorpfeil. Film-maker and photographer, globetrotter and adventurer. The purpose of my travel photos and videos is to inspire the people that see them to go off and make their own stories that extend beyond the confines of everyday life, to make them dream of foreign places and to realise their dreams as much as possible.
For me, travel means immersing yourself in countries and lives and keeping away from mass tourism. I want to experience the true, purest possible beauty of the places – together with the people who live there. What I always have with me? My camera, my head torch and my enormous levels of curiosity.

With curiosity and a camera
With curiosity and a camera
With curiosity and a camera
With curiosity and a camera

Tips for Laos? Never miss the sunrise or sunset. Be sure to pack fast-drying shorts and t-shirts – I love spontaneous dips in the river!

Tobias Schnorpfeil, film-maker & blogger

A bit chaotic. But very beautiful.

Two things that every backpacker in Laos should take on board: 1. Time is relative. 2. The roads are terrible. There are cheap buses and everywhere you go you will find scooters, which you can easily rent. Nobody cares about things like driving licences here. If you rent a scooter, you can relax and explore this lush-green country on your own without paying too much money. A bit chaotic. But very beautiful.

On the fourth day, I reach Vang Vieng – after an exhausting eight-hour journey by coach on winding roads (see above). Getting through the night was also a test of my nerves thanks to people snoring. I am very grateful that the tuk-tuk I had ordered picked me up bright and early from my hostel for the “sunrise hot air balloon ride”. You can hopefully see from my pictures how magnificent this sunrise was! It was surprisingly cool high up in the sky – no problem thanks to my warm, lightweight jacket. .

In the afternoon, I drifted down the river in car tyres with other backpackers, before enjoying Beerlao beer and a curry in the evening. Conclusion: spectacular nature, variety and nice people – the things that make for a perfect day in Laos.

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