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Favorite Things About Laos! And SHOP the Special Jewelry We Found There.

Jennifer Jedda

October 19 2017

**This is an excerpt from my personal travel blog, One Girl's Adventures.**

Laos was one of the 4 1/2 countries I visited this past August (note: the 1/2 country was the 12 hours I spend in the South Korean airport, Incheon. If an airport could ever be called special, this one would be indeed. Parades of the royal family, chamber orchestra concerts, world class shopping and take-home art projects of traditional Korean handicrafts were just a few of its splendors I experienced!).

I chose Laos with the thought that it would be much like my enchanted time in Cambodia (which I did not write about as my time there ended literally moments before I learned of my Dad’s death. The time and months after weren’t conducive to much writing)…yet even more undiscovered.

I didn’t get either right.

Frankly, it likely never had the chance to rise to the “enchanted” level the minute my tuk-tuk driver in Vang Vieng almost killed a young girl on a motorbike. And the “undiscovered” part probably fell to the wayside for me when I felt that prices seemed to be double what I experienced in both Cambodia and Vietnam, not to mention the inordinate number of South Koreans I kept running into. Regardless I was happy to experience this county which is considered the heart of the Indochinese peninsula.

Here are a few of my favorite moments:

Vientiane:

This sleepy capital city of Laos was the perfect introduction to the communist country and a much appreciated change in level of street chaos from what I experienced in Vietnam. Remarkably I was able to cross the street in the downtown without fearing for my life nor waiting 7 minutes on the curb for a semi-break in traffic.

A view of the Mekong river and the vibrant night market at sunset.

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