This Natural Pool is formed by Nam Pakan river, a clear and clean fresh water flows along caves and limestone mountains in Phou Hin Poun National Biodiversity Conservation Area. #explorelaos#laos#thakhek
This is Kong Lor in Central Laos. It's located in the mountains, a 5 hour ride from the nearest city. There are some beautiful caves which tours can be taken through, as well as hiking in the mountains and the whole area is just so beautiful and peaceful 😍 The only way to get in or out is to take a songtheaw (like an oversize tuk tuk) to Thakhek for 5 hours, or there is one bus a day to Vientiane, Laos' capital. There is a very small local village near Kong Lor, as well as a handful of guesthouses and restaurants.
So it's not really the ideal place to get sick 😂 I've managed to get esophagitis from taking malaria tablets incorrectly. Luckily it's nothing serious, but I probably need antibiotics before it improves. Which of course are about a 6 hour drive away in Vientiane!
I'm not complaining about this travelling life at all, just keeping it real. Instagram makes things look so perfect, but every trip has its trials.
But I'm just happy that it's not anything worse, and glad I was well enough to see the cave today. And tomorrow I will finally make it into Northern Laos! 🇱🇦❤
Before this trip, I had forgotten how happy backpacking makes me. It's hard to describe, but just the experience of being so far away from home, meeting so many people, seeing how things are done in other countries and making things work through the highs and lows is SO exhilarating. So far Laos has been an absolutely fantastic start to 2019 and I can't wait to see what more it has in store 🇱🇦💫
I stayed in a traditional homestay on the Bolevan Plateau the other night and it was all kinds of amazing. I was welcomed into the family's home by a traditional ceremony in which we were blessed and given string bracelets to represent luck, health and prosperity. I then had sticky rice - Laos' most popular dish - with a vegetable soup and stir fried veggies.
It was SO QUIET and peaceful there and I had such a good night sleep (much needed after trekking 20km the previous day!) but I could have stayed in the tranquility of it all day. But the fresh coffee, sourced from the plantation about 2km down the road managed to wake me up and rev me up for another day of hiking!
Picture was taken as I was drinking said coffee & revving. This was the only car that passed in one hour. 📷🚗
#Laos 🇱🇦 - #Cambodia 🇰🇭 My plan for this trip was to relax, enjoy and unwind. Although I took my camera gear with me, I didn’t really plan to film much of my travels. However, I did capture some shots here and there and when I got back I couldn’t resist the urge to make a short video, like I always do.
Welcome 2019 and show us what you’ve got there for us!
I can’t be thankful enough for everything I’ve learned and experienced in 2018. We have been lucky enough to spend half of the year travelling, which was so eye-opening, fun and I’ve learned so much! .
Happy New Year everyone! May 2019 be full of joy, health, peace and travel of course!✨
🇨🇿Vítej 2019 a děkuju za tento rok, 2018 byl pro mě rokem splněných přání a skvělých zážitků. Děkuju za to dobré i zlé co se stalo v tomto roce, protože to nás posouvá dál. Doufám, že rok 2019 bude aspoň z půlky tak dobrý jako tento. Užijte si poslední den v roce 2018 a do nového roku 2019 vstupte pravou nohou a s úsměvem na tváři a udělejte si ho přesně jaký chcete.✨
Finding peace in the reality of the moment. I remember coming to this waterfall a few years ago, my first trip to Laos and one of my first times traveling. Whenever I look back on this moment I’m reminded not of peaceful memories but instead of a big lesson learned. I don’t remember exactly why but I was upset. I think it was because Snapchat kept quitting unexpectedly or something petty. It doesn’t really matter but the reality for me was that I was fixated on pretty much everything except what was in front of me. When I look back on this I feel some regret. When I started getting all these opportunities to travel I promised myself I would always do everything in my power to make the very best of these times in my life by being as present as possible and by seizing every opportunity to my fullest potential. People always tell me they love how genuinely excited I am when I get to a destination or experience something new. With this crazy life I feel like I’m in a constant state of freaking out (in the best possible way). I really try my hardest to live true to my self promise. Id say it’s worked so far :) So when I look at this waterfall I’m now simply reminded to stay in the present moment. Life is way more fun that way, more memorable, and more purposeful :) I’ve actually enjoyed taking some time off ig lately. It’s been refreshing! The time away helps me clear my mind to enjoy places like this even more and it inspires creativity. Time away is nice, but I love sharing my work with you guys! And more than anything I enjoy the friends I’ve made from this platform. I’m so excited for the journey in 2019 and for the memories I’ll get to share and for the many more friends to be made! Every year gets crazier and crazier, this year will be no exception! Thank you so much for constantly inspiring me and for everyone’s amazing support on this wild ride :) Happy New Year!
Vieng Xai, a cidade escondida ⚠️
Imaginaste a viver durante anos a fio numa cave de onde não podias sair, pois se o fizesses não voltarias para contar? Durante a Guerra do Vietname a América lançou 260 Milhões de bombas no Laos, tornando-o o país mais bombardeado da história. Os Laosianos viram-se obrigados a esconder-se e a defenderem-se em grutas – era a única forma de sobreviverem.
Durante 9 anos construíram uma cidade subterrânea, ao longo de várias grutas, onde chegaram a estar alojadas 20 mil pessoas: Vieng Xai. Debaixo do solo havia casas, escolas, hospitais, e, até, um cinema. As pessoas só saiam das grutas de noite, e apenas cozinhavam quando o nevoeiro aparecia 🔦 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Durante três horas percorremos algumas destas grutas. Surpreendeu-nos a organização e o instinto de sobrevivência das pessoas que ali moraram. Cinquenta anos depois vivem no seu exterior, mas infelizmente a razão que as obrigou a manterem-se escondidas continua a causar estragos. Cerca de 80 milhões de bombas não chegaram a rebentar, encontrando-se ainda ativas por todo o país.
Bem mais grave que os agricultores que se veem impossibilitados de usar a terra para subsistir, são as pessoas que continuam a morrer ou a ficar amputadas pela explosão destas bombas. Atualmente é atingida uma pessoa por dia, sendo que 40% são crianças 😞