5 Lessons Learnt In My Journey To Luang Prabang

20170623_094824Many have waxed lyrical about Luang Prabang, a beautiful UNESCO Heritage Site in Laos with its glorious Buddhist temples, rustic villages and French colonial architecture. That’s a post for another day.

For me, the adventure began when I was trying to get to Luang Prabang. All because I sprained my knee running for our connecting flight, that we eventually missed anyway.  It was a short 5-day trip, but I learnt to appreciate that travel is sometimes more about the journey than the destination.

  1. Not every road leads to Luang Prabang

There are very few flights to Luang Prabang, at least from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA). Our options were to wait 2 days or take a 23-hour route on another airline via Hanoi, Vietnam. We chose the latter.

  1. Kent, The Fixer

There is an interesting situation at KLIA. If you have a problem, you will be directed to a man named Kent. We were given Kent’s number twice but we chose to ignore it. After we were led on a merry go round which left us stranded at the airport with no tickets to a flight that was departing in half an hour, I burst into tears (I’m not proud of it). That was when Kent magically appeared. Now, I call him Kent, the Fixer. With deep reverence. Even though I ended up paying double for my tickets. But he got everyone working to get us on our flight.

  1. Make the most of a bad situation

I had to be in a wheelchair when I arrived at Hanoi airport because it hurt to walk. In an odd way (I’m certainly not recommending it!), I felt like a rockstar as I breezed through customs clearance for diplomats and airline crew. The next day, I was escorted to the plane in this medic vehicle with a hydraulic platform. The hubby was extremely amused and took tons of photos. He’s not very efficient at the uploading though.

  1. It’s a chance to try new things

I would never have worked an overnight stay at the airport in any of my travel plans. But as we had a 7-hour overnight transit at Noi Bai Airport, we decided to check in to a sleep pod. It’s so cool because it was a twin pod with a bunk bed, wifi and a tv!

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  1. Appreciate the once-in-a-lifetime adventure and smile

When we finally landed in Luang Prabang and checked in to our hotel, it struck us that just a day ago we were in Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam. And now we are in Laos. Four countries in 32 hours, quite a feat for me.

It is another situation that calls for an ‘Ommmmm my god, you’re awesome’ card :). I decided to get fancy and use this luxurious Japanese shinwazome chiyogami paper to fold the lotus.

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Close your eyes, clear your mind and ommmmmmm

5 comments

  1. That room looks cramped but if you are a tired traveller. I think like I know this Kent guy – he is present in all of our lives, somewhere somehow. For me he is a guy named stark who is the master of fixing this one wedge bonding machine at the office.
    I really like your blog posts, your crafts and your cat. I am nominating you for the versatile blogger award, I hope you accept it and enjoy it.

    https://oursilentreverie.wordpress.com/2017/08/05/the-versatile-blogger-award/

    Keep writing, you are awesome!

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