As much fun as Mark and I are having in Cambodia, our visas are coming to an end. While we originally had ambitious plans to hit up Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam, but we spent so much time in this lovely country that we only have time for one more before heading back to Thailand to work through the high season. Why not both? Well, we are super slow sloths when we travel and with less than three weeks left we would hate to rush through this region. So doing that is definitely out.
Click to enlarge, via Discovery Indochina
Here’s our crisis- we can’t agree where to go next. Mark’s dreaming of one destination and I’m flipping through Lonely Planet guides to the other. So we decided to do what any sane couple would do- allow strangers on the internet to decide for us! To level the playing field, we’re not saying who wants to go where. But we pinky promise to do whatever you guys choose. So, where would you like to send us?
Option A: Laos
A landlocked country famous for its unspoiled landscape and friendly people. We would take in the laid back Four Thousand Islands, visit the traveler-renown UNESCO World Heritage city of Luang Prabang, get wet and wild at the famous party tubing town of Vang Vieng, and then swing through the sleepy capital city of Vientienne. Highlights would include seeing the Tak Bat ceremony in Luang Prabang, being spoiled on the beauty of heartland South East Asia, and not killing ourselves while floating inebriated down a river in inner tubes.
Tak Bat Ceremony, slightly altered from SEAsia
Vang Vieng, via Exploring Existence
Option B: Vietnam
A long, skinny country filled with coastline and culture. We would start in Ho Chi Min City and head North, ideally by motorcycle, dripping along the coast before ending up in Hanoi. Highlights would include sailing the famous Halong Bay, having custom clothes made, and not killing ourselves in Vietnamese traffic.
Hoi An bikers, slightly altered from McCullagh Photography
We can’t wait to see where you send us. And please consider sharing this on Facebook and Twitter so we can get as many voters as possible!