|Vientiane, Lao People's Democratic Republic|
We take a drive on road No. 13 north to Nam Ngum Dam (90km), where a huge beautiful artificial lake has been created after damming the Nam Ngum River, which flooded around 250 sq km of forest. The lake is dotted with picturesque small islands and a cruise is well worth arranging to explore the fishing villages on different islands. We stop to visit the Hmong market at KM 52, a small Mon-Khmer sanctuary of 10-12th centuries at Vang Xang and a Hmong village. After lunch in a local restaurant, we’ll take an hour’s long tail boat ride to Dansavanh Resort, an ideal place to escape the heat of the city. En route we visit some beautiful islets and take a short walk to explore the lifestyle of the fishermen. We visit Ban Keun and Ban Bo, a traditional salt extraction plant, on our way back to Vientiane in the late afternoon.