Pokhara Travel Guide

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Aerial View of Pokhara Town


Pokhara Old Town


View from Pokhara Town. That is Machhapuchhre.


Clear sky will give you a magnificent view like this from Pokhara. That is Annapurna South.


Annapurna I peeking behind the Sarangkot Hill. 

  • About 8 hours of bus ride from Kathmandu. A bumpy ride but with a breathaking luxurious green mountain views.
  • Bus ticket normally cost NPR 600 / USD 6 / MYR 25. 
  • There are many hotels and lodges available here in Pokhara. We stayed at Hotel Hakoniwa (Budget). Highly recommended.



View from our balcony. They have rooftop view as well.


Our room (Non A/C)


What to do in Pokhara

Boating at the Phewa Lake


Kenny & Chris. Paddling. Harder than we thought.


Here’s the price list. Each jetty has its own price list. Do compare them.


Third Jetty 



Phewa Lake

  • You can hire a local paddler or paddle on your own. (2 paddle max)
  • Do paddle in the afternoon or during the sunset. You will get spectacular view of the mountains and lakes.
  • There are few boat jetty around so make sure you get the one with reasonable price.

Watch the Sunrise at Sarangkot Hill


View from Sarangkot Hill 


Kenny contemplating his future.


This chicken nailed it!

  • Hire a cab from town. (NPR 1500 / USD 15 / MYR 63)
  • 30 – 45 minutes car ride.
  • Find your sweet spot or you could be sipping a cup of hot coffee while watching the skies breaking the dawn at a cafe rooftop nearby.
  • It can get pretty crowded so make sure you arrive early.
  • If you’re not a morning person, sunset is doable and you can witness the skies breaking the clouds in purple rays as it getting dark.
  • You can hike all the way up here. About 2 – 2.5 hours of hiking. Our friend, Chris did that.
  • Sarangkot Hill  is famous for paragliding activities. We skipped that since it is not within our budget.
  • Price normally ranged from USD 80 – USD 120. Bargain!



Follow this sign. About 20 minutes hike up.


We made it in 15 minutes. Chris is happy.


View from Peace Stupa. 

  • Free Entrance.
  • Sunset view.
  • About 20 – 35 minutes hike.
  • Paddle across the lake and hike your way up.



We came across this beautiful landscape at the countryside.


Amazing Nepalese crossing lake full of water buffalos.



3 modes of transportation here in Pokhara. 



  • Cycle around town or the countryside. You will be amazed.
  • It can get very hot in the day so do spray your sunscreen.



Chukpa (Local Snacks)

  • Famous local snacks.
  • You can find it almost any where in Pokhara. 
  • Mixed of chopped onions, cucumber, tomatoes, garlics, potatoes and instant noodles with sprinkled noodles spices.



  • Locate this sandwich cafe with TripAdvisor.
  • We kept coming back because it tasted amazing. All fresh ingredients.

Tips when travel to Pokhara

  • Do check the weather forecast.
  • Avoid monsoon season as you would not get clear view of the mountains when you in Pokhara.
  • Spend about 2-3 days here for a full travel experience in Pokhara. 
  • There are plenty of good restaurants here. Highly recommended Tibetan Restaurant. 
  • Check out Blues Bar if you want to chill and have some good rock band music.
  • Visit Chitwan National Park if you want to see some Rhinos. 
  • Go to the North side of Pokhara Town if you’re a hippies.
  • Check out my video here about Pokhara Pokhara Travel Guide


Amazing Laos (Part 3)

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Luang Prabang

Our final destination in Laos was Luang Prabang. A very laid back town which used to be the capital of Laos. Rich with buddhism culture and it is very common to see monks here.

Check out our Luang Prabang video here Luang Prabang

Ban Xang Hai (Whiskey Village)

  • About 45 minutes bike ride from Luang Prabang.
  • Bike rent cost around 100,000 Kip (USD 12 / MYR 54).
  • You could take a slow boat tour from Luang Prabang.
  • Villagers normally sell local made silk, home made alcohol (Lao Lao) and various alcohol medicine with snakes, lizards and scorpions in it.
  • You can easily Waze (GPS Apps) yourself here.

Aerial View of Ban Xiang Hai Village (Whiskey Village) 


Mekong River 


Kid from the village. 


Slow Boat



Elephant Sanctuary

  • Take another 15 minutes ride up north from the village, you will find an Elephant Sanctuary.
  • We plan to visit it at first but then we came across few elephants with their caretaker while on our way.
  • They allowed us to take picture with them and have a closer look at the elephant.
  • Basically, we get to see these elephants for free.
  • Elephant Sanctuary Tour would cost a lot here in Luang Prabang depends on your activties. The price can go up to USD150 per person.

Road to Elephant Sanctuary. 


Khun, the elephant. 




Mount Phousi

  • People normally come here for sunset & sunrise view.
  • It cost 20,000 Kip (USD 2.50 / MYR 10) for the entrance fee.
  • Do come early if you want to have good sunset view spot.
  • Normally it will get crowded during sunset.

Golden Wat Phousi


Instagrammable Spot. 


Sunset View 

Ban Xang Khong (Crafts Centre)

  • About 20 minutes ride from Luang Prabang.
  • Entrance is free.
  • You could go behind the handicraft shop and witness various local craft handmade by these talented Laotian.

Paper Making (Handmade) 


Different type of silk. 

Kuang Si Waterfall

  • About an hour bike journey to this amazing waterfall.
  • Cost 20,000 Kip for entrance (USD 2.50 / MYR 10).
  • The Sunbear rescue centre included.
  • There are plenty waterfall section but only the lower portion of it that open for public to swim.
  • You could trek up to the top of the waterfall for about 25 minutes.

Road to Kuang Si Waterfall. 


Entrance for Kuang Si Waterfall


Kuang Si Waterfall Map. 


Sun Bear Rescue Centre. 


Picture Perfect Instagram 


Kuang Si Waterfall. 



Top of Kuang Si Waterfall. 


Local Kid


Kiddo from the village. 


Harvested Paddy Field. 

Monk School

  • We came across these monk school nearby the bamboo bridges at Nam Khan river.
  • Decided to have a peek at their school.





Bamboo Bridges at Nam Khan River (5000 Kip / USD 0.60 / MYR 2.3)

Night Market

  • Always bargain for the best price.
  • There plenty of local goods for sale here.
  • Skip the vegetarian buffet if you love hot and warm food. Unless you are on tight budget, this buffet definitely for you.

Night Market. 


Tips when traveling in Luang Prabang

  • Bike Rent normally cost around 100,000 Kip – 120,000 Kip (USD 12 – USD 15 /MYR 54 -MYR 65) per day.
  • One full fuel tank would cost around 30,000 Kip  (USD 4 / MYR 16)
  • There are couple of nice restaurants here in Luang Prabang, I would suggest you to go to Le Cafe Ban Vat Sene for breakfast, brunch or lunch and Cafe Toui for dinner. Both restaurant offer excellent Laotian food at a decent price.



Cafe Toui


Banana Cake Smth Smth. 


Le Cafe Ban Vat Sene


Try this! 

  • Look for Laos Trip Advisor. They had tons of information and speak fluent english. They can help you out with your trip in Laos. We are very lucky that they located right beside our guesthouse.

Laos Trip Advisor. 

  • We stayed in The World Guesthouse (Newly listed in Airbnb). The place look great and customer services were moderately good. They offered free pick up and drop off to and from airport or the bus station in Luang Prabang. They provide free breakfast as well. However, we encountered very bad experience while sending our laundry here as we got our clothes still moderately wet. We gave it back to them to re-dry but still got it back wet. You can find better laundry services elsewhere in Luang Prabang.
  • Alms Giving Ceremony happen everyday earlier in the day.
  • Do try their Laotian Massage nearby the night market.  Perfect way to end the trip it cost around 60,000 Kip (USD 7 / MYR 30)

Laotion Massage. 


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Amazing Laos (Part 2)

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Vang Vieng, Laos.

Found out about this place from a travel blogpost by Yoga Wine Travel. Check out Flo’s blog if you wanna travel to Vang Vieng. This is definitely my favorite destination in Laos.

Check my video here to know why What to do in Vang Vieng

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Vang Vieng Aerial View

Mount Pha Ngren Viewpoint

  • 30 – 35 minutes hike to the viewpoint.
  • 10,000 Kip (USD 1 / MYR 5) for the entrance fee.
  • Make sure you have a proper hiking footwear (Goes very rocky towards the summit).
  • Do come here for the sunset view.
  • Enjoy your Tuk Tuk ride (50,000 Kip / USD 6 / MYR 27) to the starting point of Mount Pha Ngren viewpoint. 



Peak of Mount Phangern 



This is the aerial view of Mount Pha Ngren Viewpoint. If you do not bring any water or snacks along, you can always buy it from the snacks lady on top of Mount Pha Ngren.


Getting a Guided Adventure Tour in Vang Vieng

  • There are plenty of tour agents here in Vang Vieng.
  • Always compare and bargain the tour price with multiple agents before you make the booking.
  • Buggy ride tour here is a bit costly around USD 50 per ride.
  • We highly recommend this adventure tour agent. (Picture below)
  • This agency run by two brothers and they offered us a cheaper price.
  • We took (Tubing in Than Nam, Elephant Cave, Kayaking in Nam Song River and Blue Lagoon). All these for the price of 100,000 Kip (USD 12 / MYR 54)



Talk to the owner (The guy with yellow shirt) for lesser price. Very kind and easy going gentleman.


One Day Adventure Tour Itinerary

Tubing in Tham Nam (Water Cave)

  • You will get pick up by their Tuk Tuk driver.
  • Journey to Tham Nam (Water Cave) gonna took around 20 minutes drive from Vang Vieng Town.

Briefing by our local guide, Sai. 



Walking through villages to Than Nam (Water Cave)


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Water Cave Entry Point (Than Nam)

  • However, we felt that the tubing was a bit rushy as the guide kept asking us to pull the rope along till the end. You will need to paddle yourself on your way out from the cave (Only for a few metres). Water get very shallow at some point and you have to carry your own tube and walk.

Elephant Cave

  • Moderate cave with Elephant lookalike stone wall.
  • If you are not into religious visit, I would suggest you skip this cave. Do not hire a Tuk Tuk just to visit this cave. It’s not worth it.


Kayaking at Nam Song River

  • Tuk Tuk driver will drive you to this kayak/tubing starting point (About 15 minutes drive).
  • Guide will brief you about basic rules of kayaking (Beginner friendly).

Kayaking Starting Point 




Remember to chill here when you do kayaking as plenty of restaurants and bars blasting dance music.


Locals having fun in the middle of the river. You can literally walk across the river as the water are very low this season.



Michelle & the guides. 


The views

  • About 45 – 50 minutes kayaking along Nam Song River (You do not have to paddle hard as you will be kayaking with the river streams).
  • Do visit their riverside bars.
  • The view is to die for. (Not literally)
  • Highly recommended
  • Skip tubing (Not as happening as before and lesser bars to party with)

Blue Lagoon

  • One of the most famous tourist spot in Vang Vieng.
  • Blue Turquoise River and icy cold water.
  • It is normal to see flocks of  Korean tourist here (Korean Variety Shows took place here)
  • Get pretty crowded in the late afternoon.
  • If you prefer less crowd,  go to Blue Lagoon 3 ( We did not go there as our time in Vang Vieng was very limited)



The best part of the tour for me was kayaking along Nam Song River. Ditch the river tubing cause it is not that hype anymore and only couple of bars are open. Finally, we were dropped at our hotel feeling satisfied that late evening.

Cycling along Vang Vieng Countryside

  • We rented bicycles for the day (15,000 Kip / USD 2 / MYR 8)
  • Do ride along the country side because it’s very instagrammble.

Michelle and her pink ride. 


Cross this wooden bridge to the other side for free




Tips when travel in Vang Vieng

  • If you are into adventure and nature, please stay here for at least 3 days. You will fall in love with this amazing lively backpackers town.
  • Always compare and bargain tour prices with agent.
  • It might get quite chill if its rain or in the early morning.
  • This place is backpackers heaven.
  • If you love to party, there are several bars that are available. Do check them out in Trip Advisor.
  • Do try their sandwiches (Any streets sandwich vendors will do as they all taste amazing).


  • We stay at Laos Haven Hotel & Spa. Highly recommended. About 5 minutes walk to Vang Vieng main street.
  • This time, we took the minivan which pick us up directly from our hotel to Luang Prabang. I would suggest you to leave day time because the scenery along the ways is just so breathtaking. The journey was so calming and therapeutic.  Overnight bus would take 8 hrs instead of 4 hrs for normal day time ride.

That smile is a guarantee. 

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Amazing Laos

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Vientiane, Laos.

First leg of my trip in South East Asia started with this very beautiful city. From Kuching, we did overnight in KLIA 2, Kuala Lumpur for our early morning flight to Vientiane.

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Patouxay (Landmark)

  • 20 minutes walk from the city centre or  you could take a Tuk Tuk.
  • Do visit early in the day or during evening time as it could get very hot later in the day.
  • 10,000 Kip (USD 1 / MYR 5) to get to the top of the Patouxay.
  • There are plenty souvenir shops on your way up to the top.

Patouxay (Vientiane City Landmark)

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View from the top of Patouxay

Hat Don Chan Beach

  • Look for this Hat Don Chan Beach (Not exactly a sea side beach but it is by the riverside) when you strolling at the night market.
  • Make sure you come here for the sunset overlooking the border of Thailand right across the Mekong River.
  • Plenty of activities such as paragliding, ATV riding and some aerobics taking places by the riverside.



Paragliding with beautiful sunset background along the Mekong River.

Temples at Pha That Luang

  • Free Entrance
  • Tuk Tuk ride from City Centre to Pha That Luang cost around 30,000 Kip (USD 4 / MYR16)
  • Pha That Luang located right beside this temple & entrance cost 10,000 Kip (USD 1 / MYR 5)
  • There are plenty of temples around here including a sleeping Buddha statue.
  • Pha That Luang was on renovation when we were there.


JOMA Bakery Cafe

  • If you love coffee and cakes, this definitely a place for you.
  • JOMA Bakery are very famous for its huge portion of salads and local coffee.

(P/S: We didn’t know until we were in Luang Prabang, that’s why we ordered a burritos)

COPE Centre (Cooperative Orthotic and Prosthetic Enterprise)

It’s a visitor centre that educate the public the relation between people with disabilities that got affected by unexploded ordnance (unexploded bombs). US had been dropping millions of bombs from 1960s to 1970s. Many of these cluster bombs still remained in Laos Jungles and had affected the locals.

  • Free Entrance
  • Tuk Tuk from the city centre to COPE Centre cost around 30,000 Kip (USD 4 /MYR 16)
  • Do watch documentaries short provided by the staff here.

Khop Chai Deu Restaurant

  • We came to this restaurant after checking its high review on Trip Advisor.
  • Definitely recommend this restaurant if you wanna try local Laotian food.
  • Remember to ask for less spicy if you are not into spicy food.

Hor Kham (Presidential Palace)

  • Beautiful Presidential Palace right at the traffic light junction.
  • We are not sure whether this place are visitable but the view at night is just amazing.


Tips when traveling in Vientiane, Laos

  • Always bargain with your Tuk Tuk driver.
  • Ask your hotel staff / locals about the estimated price for the Tuk Tuk ride to your destination.
  • Pricing for the intercity buses varies slightly but it always more expensive to purchase bus tickets at your hotel.
  • They will do pick up for you at the hotel by Tuk Tuk to the bus station (only within 2KM radius)
  • If you plan to go to Vang Vieng or Luang Prabang after visiting Vientiane, there are plenty transportation available. Especially the VIP buses and Minivans. VIP bus cost moderately cheaper than the minivan. I would highly recommend you to take the Minivan instead. We took VIP bus from Vientiane to Vang Vieng. Took us longer than expected as the bus would stopped randomly at some places. Minivans are more comfortable and you will arrive at your destination sooner.
  • We bought VIP bus ticket here (Vientiane to Vang Vieng – 45,000 Kip / USD 6 / MYR 25)
  • We stayed in Hemera Hotel (15 minutes walk to city centre) and walking distance to Patouxay.
  • I would highly recommend this hotel as well. Spacious room, super helpful and friendly staff.
  • There is money changer that right in front of Hemera Hotel that offer higher exchange rate than the rest.

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