The first few days of 2017 were mystical, serene, and refreshing spent nestled in a 'little town, in a quiet village,' called Vang Viang.
Yes, yes that was a Beauty and the Beast refrence... I am too hype about the upcoming Emma Watson movie. Click here for the youtube trailer See below for best ways to get there, places to eat, and places to stay.
Not the most well known town in Laos, this little town is not as quiet as it seems from up above. The night before our sunrise ride in a hot air balloon (Checking that off the 30 before 30 list), we were strolling down the streets looking to see what this pocket of the world had to offer. We hadn't been walking long when we heard a familiar Thai song, a little surpised, we started to bop along down the street. As the music got noticably louder we soon saw the source of the music. A Laotian family was having a little evening gathering. By the looks of the empty plates, happy faces, and crates of unopened beer, we walked by at just the right time. Thrilled to see two farang (non-native) dancing to Thai music tickled the already dancing family members. We were quickly ushered over with the obligatory passing of the beer. It was comforting immediately, to be in a foreign land, and welcomed in a way that had become so normalized to us in Thailand.
Historically, it makes sense. Laos was once a part of Thailand, but when the French came a knocking, it was given over. Influences from the French could be tasted in the daily fresh baked baguettes.