After the surprise visit home, I headed back to Hong Kong for a day. It was spent sleeping. Also, swimming in the biggest pool I've ever been in. I stayed with a missionary couple I had met two weeks before. I didn't take any photos. I then set off to Laos, via another long layover in the glorious Hanoi airport. This time, I was jetlagged, so I found an empty bench and slept for a couple of hours.
I arrived in Luang Prabang, Laos late at night, with no real money (stupid), had packed my passport photos (really stupid), and jetlagged. It worked out, but it took longer than necessary.
Laos was totally worth it. Great, great food. Really nice people. Walkable. Quiet. No annoying tourists. I could go there every weekend. I really would like to go back to Luang Prabang especially.