During this trip, I have endured the strange misfortune of booking plane tickets on airlines, only to have a plane go down days or weeks after securing my ticket with the airline.
When I booked travel on Malaysian Airlines for my flight from Kuala Lumpur to Kuching, MA flight 370 and MA flight 17 happened weeks later.
When I booked travel on Air Asia for my flight for my flight from Siem Reap to Chiang Mai, flight QZ 8501 went down days later.
But when I booked my flight on Lao Airlines from Luang Prabang to Vientiane, the 2013 crash in Pakse was fresh in my mind.
I was nervous, but an $80 one-way ticket from was too good to turn down, especially considering that the alternative was a 12+ hour bus ride.
Fortunately, my flight on Lao Airlines was excellent. It lasted a mere 45 minutes, and I got a free drink and delicious fruit chips. Most people on the plane where other foreigners, but there were a handful of locals as well. I knew they were Lao because their carry-on items were all large quantities of vegetables. I sat next to a bag of cilantro. Thank god I love cilantro.
|View over the mountains.
|My seat companion, a bag of cilantro.
|The best chips ever!!!