A cross-bor­der es­cape

Getaway (South Africa) - - Inbox -

I’m a 26-year-old solo traveller from Tsh­wane who quit his day job for a back­pack­ing life­style. I have been liv­ing in Hanoi and tour­ing Viet­nam for a few months now, and just needed to see some­thing new. Hanoi is very busy, with mil­lions of mo­tor­cy­cles on the streets ev­ery day, so I wanted some peace and quiet. I was broke but I had re­ally itchy feet! I took a big leap and booked the cheap­est bus ticket to Vi­en­tiane in Laos. The trip was a drain­ing 24 hours. When I got to Laos, all the dis­com­fort of the jour­ney didn’t mat­ter any more. I was just happy to be in a place where the food was spicier and I could com­mu­ni­cate with the lo­cals. (I can hold a con­ver­sa­tion in Lao.) I found a ho­tel for less than R200 a night. Dur­ing my three days there, I vis­ited the ma­jes­tic Mekong River and a Chi­nese tem­ple, and saw the Pres­i­den­tial Palace. But the high­light was a visit to Patuxai, a war mon­u­ment/vic­tory arch built to cel­e­brate Laos’s in­de­pen­dence from France. You can see mag­nif­i­cent views of the city from the rooftop, which has beau­ti­fully dec­o­rated Bud­dhist tow­ers. I’d highly rec­om­mend it to any­one vis­it­ing the area. – Cameo Ed­wards, Viet­nam

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from South Africa

© PressReader. All rights reserved.