Total Time: 10 days
Exchange Rate: 1 dollar= 7,800 kip almost always rounded to 8,000
Cost of a Typical Dinner: 10,000 kip baguette sandwich or vegetarian buffet
Number of Cities Visited: 3
Favorite Place: Luang Prabang
Least Favorite Place: Breathtaking in more than one sense, the road between Vang Vieng and Luang Prabang where we all added a little decoration to the side of the road
Places to Visit Next Time: 4,000 Islands
Number of Buses: 4
Number of Tuk-tuks: 11
Number of Boats: 1
Number of Tubes: 2
Best Food: Jeows at Tamarind Restaurant in Luang Prabang or the fancy Philly Cheesesteaks at Ray’s in Vientianne
Worst Food: Green papaya salad at the market in Luang Prabang…too many real fish heads in the fish sauce
Most Popular Saying: “Best price…lucky for you, lucky for me!”
Number of Illnesses: 2 Giardias with complimentary rapid weight loss, 1 skin disease (I don’t think it’s contagious…)
Time it Takes to Float 4km Down the Vang Vieng: 4 hours to multiple days depending how much you stop to drink
Cost for a Half Day Rock Climbing with Lesson and Gear: $16
Cost of a Tuk-tuk in Vientianne: More per km than it would cost in Manhattan. They’d rather sit in the sun and visit than take a fare!
Best Place in the World to Stock up on Havaiana Flip Flops: Vang Vieng…they look as real as they need to for $2.
Thing We Missed in Luang Prabang: Drinking at Utopia then going to the bowling alley…happens after our bed time!
Definite First: Monks taking pictures of US while we walked down the street in Luang Prabang