We're sorry. The puns. We couldn't help it. They were horrendous. We know. It won't happen again. Please accept our apologies.
Having had such a horrendous journey from Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang we decided to go the 'treat yo'self' route and cancel the bus we had booked to get back to Vientiane and instead booked the Lao Skyways flight. We had initially booked a morning flight however we were moved the previous night onto an early afternoon flight instead. So we enjoyed a long lie, had a leisurely breakfast, checked out the hotel and took a tuk tuk to the airport.
Arriving at the airport was where the fun began. The group in front of us consisted of no less than 10 French people, the majority of who had overpacked meaning the entire group had to open their suitcases and shuffle things around. Did they allow people to go ahead as they did this? Did. They. H*ck! Half an hour later and it was over, we could finally get checked in. We then had the delight of being once again caught behind them at the immigration desk - even domestic flights have to go through immigration here, we assume it's to check visa status.
Once we got through security we were desperate for a coffee and a seat, although Craig definitely had his eye on the Glenfiddich in duty free (not at £76 for a 12 year old)!!
Thankfully the flight itself was completely uneventful, it was so short the seatbelt sign was off for all of 10 minutes. However the note on the underside of the tray-tables did make us chuckle (as pictured above), was something lost in translation and it was meant to say the usual 'life-jacket under your seat' or if the plane were to crash would we all be fiddling about pulling our seats apart? We are delighted to report, we did not find out.
Coronavirus check point cleared, our bags were some of the first off, no line for a taxi and we were on our way to Azalea Parkview Hotel.
A few months ago when we were booking this hotel we were fresh off our 14.5 hour bus journey from Phuket to Bangkok. Having had a less than enjoyable experience and thinking we would be doing something similar we decided to book ourselves 2 nights somewhere fairly nice to make up for it. However, now having cancelled our bus, we just looked like boujee backpackers.
We enjoyed making the most of having a lazy evening and popped out for a delicious dinner at Lao Luna de Ora. A pizza for Craig and a salad for Katy - we meant to take a picture, however we were ravenous and forgot.
Our intention was to have an early night however we had shared an affogato after dinner. Katy was up until 01:00, Craig until 03:00. This meant we then slept straight through breakfast the next morning and didn't venture out our room until 11:30 when we went to Joma for some breakfast - can we still call it breakfast at this point? We're not sure!
After breakfast we headed back to the hotel and enjoyed laying by the pool for the afternoon. Excellent way to spend our final day in Laos we would say!
Having had our fill of the pool we popped back to the room to get our bags packed up for moving on tomorrow, got reception to book us a taxi to get to the airport for 06:30 the next morning and got ready to go out for some dinner.
Being the creatures of habit that we are we headed back to Khop Chai Deu where we had visited when we had been in Vientiane at the beginning of our time in Laos. The food was just as good, as were the gin fizz cocktails!
We went for a post-dinner walk back to the Patuxay, this time to see it all lit up which we both agreed was prettier at night.
Back to the hotel for an early night ready to carry on our travels to Kuala Lumpur!
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