What Brought Us To Laos
At the start of the new year, our family took a few days from my brother’s wedding in Vietnam to visit Vientiane, Laos. Having already explored Vietnam a few years back, we made sure to carve out a few days to go somewhere new.
The new destination had to be within Southeast Asia, safe to bring our little one and preferably not overrun by mosquitoes. Thinking that would be impossible we eventually learned about Vientiane. The Laos capital met our requirements and then some.
Our Experience In Laos
Unfortunately, all three of us started getting signs of the flu as we flew in from the states. I spent one of our three days in Laos dying in bed and the rest in a haze. Thankfully, we were still able to see the major sites and restaurants on our itinerary. Vientiane was beautiful but i’ll always be sad that I wasn’t able to capture the city in a way that I thought did it justice.
Nevertheless, the food was a fantastic mix of Thai/Vietnamese cuisine, and the people were tremendously kind. It’s been said that the people of Laos love children and we can attest to that. From being pulled out of the line and rushing our VISAS, to extra food at the restaurants, everyone went out of their way to help us because we had a young child. That doesn’t happen in most countries, and we’ll be forever thankful for the kindness they showed our family.
How I filmed Our Laos Travel Video
We landed with the intention to capture the Lao landmarks with a variety of gear. Unfortunately, the plague we caught during the peak of flu season knocked me out during our time in Laos. It was so bad that I only managed to film 70 clips in three days. All on my Moza Air with my Nikon D750 and 24mm Nikkor lens. Sure the shots look cool, but all the similar shots made it hard to edit. The video lacks any of our personal experience and that’s a bummer.
As for gear, I packed relatively light this time around. Although, Laos and Vietnam was the first time I got to travel with my Moza Air Three-Axis Gimbal. I love that thing. Sure it’s size and shape make it somewhat difficult to travel with, but the movement it adds to my shots is worth every penny.
I also had my DJI Mavic Pro with me, but our hotel’s proximity to the Laos presidential palace made it impossible to put it into the air.
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Laos Was Good To Us
Although our time in Laos was affected by illness, we still managed to have a good time in Vientiane. If I had to choose between Vientiane, Bangkok or Hanoi, I’d pick Vientiane every time.
We felt welcomed in Laos. From the minute we landed, the Laotians were friendly and helpful. We never felt taken advantage of, and nobody was trying to sell us something we didn’t want.
We enjoyed Vientiane for its slow pace, and highly recommend it for anyone that wants to relax and get away of the rush of Southeast Asia’s other capital cities.
Further Reading On Laos
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