Living the Laotian life like the locals

It was 15th January 2019 and I had been on Route 13 in Laos for almost 2 weeks now..

This road runs along the Mighty Mekong river, which acts as the natural boundary between Thailand and Laos.

This road wasn’t an acquaintance anymore. Route 13 had now became dear to me.

When you go unplanned, without baggage and tourism, and let the road lead you, the road becomes dear to you. The road becomes a part of you and you become a part of the road.

And being the offbeat traveler you are, you know you’re going to venture out on the side-roads and the road knows that too. And she knows you’ll come back to her.

Then there are others on the journey. And they know this too! We all know our paths are going to merge on the public road.

Allons! to that which is endless as it was beginning-less, 
To undergo much, tramps of days, rests of nights, 
To merge all in the travel they tend to, and the days and nights they tend to, 
Again to merge them in the start of superior journeys,
To see nothing
 anywhere but what you may reach it and pass it, 

To conceive no time, however distant, but what you may reach it and pass it, 
To look up or down no road but it stretches and waits for you, however long but it stretches and waits for you.

The road waits for you. And let’s you venture free.

I decided to stop by every interesting village I found on the road. And after a 10 days offbeat adventure trip, I decided to spend the next week just living the local life like the Laotians do.

Laos is known for the slow, sleepy culture and it was my pleasure to indulge in this slow-paced life.

Here are some of the simple, yet beautiful, moments from my local Laos life on Route 13!

How to capture the sunset while still enjoying it :)
How to capture the sunset while still enjoying it :)
Magical Mekong Sunsets
Magical Mekong Sunsets
The View From Pak Kading
The View From Pak Kading
The real key to manliness: Carry your boat everywhere
The real key to manliness: Carry your boat everywhere
Appreciate the slow life
Appreciate the slow life
The Art of Lao Cooking
The Art of Lao Cooking
Village Sunsets
Village Sunsets
We both hate studying.
We both hate studying.
Always ready to pose.
Always ready to pose.
Village sunset with a twist.
Village sunset with a twist.
Family meals and bro time!
Family meals and bro time!
Stalking the sun.
Stalking the sun.
Tramps of days. Rest of Nights.
Tramps of days. Rest of Nights.
Another beautiful day at the village.
Another beautiful day at the village.
Meet Leo.
Meet Leo.
Meet Non.
Meet Non.
Good siblings eat together.
Good siblings eat together.
Boating time, yet again.
Boating time, yet again.
Cafes along the Mekong.
Cafes along the Mekong.
The Gods of Route 13.
The Gods of Route 13.
The Picnic.
The Picnic.
DIY village picnics.
DIY village picnics.
Sticky Rice Freaks.
Sticky Rice Freaks.
This is home.
This is home.
Laos-Korea Dee-Dee.
Laos-Korea Dee-Dee.
Grow organic, eat organic.
Grow organic, eat organic.
End of the days.
End of the days.

Cheers to all the moments along Route 13 and the Mekong.

Goodbye Laos :)
Nomadic Dev
24th January, 2019