We were here. We had finally made it to Phonsavan, the capital of Xieng Khouang Province in northeastern Laos.
After boarding a bus late in the evening from the Phoukhoun junction between highway 13 and highway 7, we careened along the latter, twisting road in the dead of night for 135km, before being dropped off at the main drag in Phonsavan later that same night.
If you love nature and you’re travelling in Southern Laos, then you should most definitely consider stopping off in the tranquil riverside nature retreat of Tad Lo for a few nights.
This laid-back nature resort is a veritable gem of a destination that lies off the well-beaten tourist trail in Laos. It’s a kind of backpacker’s retreat with very few backpackers.