By now, I’m pretty sure we’ve all seen it. Our social media feed has been buzzing all about it. Videos and images showing luscious blue-green waterfalls hugging the curves of the canyon. Havasupai Falls; heaven on earth (in Arizona). When my friends first shared their desires to travel this desert oasis, I was immediately hooked. I lusted for those falls, ached for the canyon walls to surround me, and dreamed of the desert adventures awaiting me in the Grand Canyon. I knew we had to make it happen. With the help of my wonderful friends (most of whom I’d had met while partying in Las Vegas 4 months earlier), we began our planning!
While I’ve heard horror stories about the trail conditions between Vientiane and Luang Prabang, I just couldn’t justify buying plane ticket. A $15 bus ticket beats a $100 plane ticket in my book. Beyond this, travelling by land meant being able to add another city in my travels. I had heard of the loveliness of Vang Vieng from many locals and travelers alike. I figured, why not! The money saved on a plane ticket means a little extra room for adventure. At 6 in the morning, we met at the bus station and set off!