To get to Laos we took a five hour van ride and then took a two day boat ride down the Mekong River to get to Luang Prabang. I REALLY enjoyed the boat ride. I didn’t expect to, but it was so leisurely and beautiful. We sat on the edge of the open windows with our feet out and beers in our hands as the mountains passed by. This boat is one of the highlights of my trip so far. We met a ton of cool travelers on the boat who we ended up hanging out with in Luang Prabang. Many people here travel alone then end up in a big pack. Eventually the group breaks up because people head to their next destination. It always feels like you’ve known the group for so long. There were some characters that’s for sure! The people you meet along the way are half the reason travel is so wonderful. We stayed in the city of Luang Prabang for four days. Favorite city thus far. It’s so laid back, I can’t really describe it. It’s less commercialized than Chiang Mai and Bangkok, and there are less people in your face to buy things.
We nailed that day:
One day in Luang Prabang we did every possible thing we could, but not on purpose, it just happened. First we woke up at 5am to watch the monks gives alms on the streets, a daily tradition. After a nap we went to Kuang Si waterfall for about 4 hours. This waterfall is the most amazing waterfall I have ever seen. You start at the bottom and there are incredible blue pools with little waterfalls and as you keep walking the path there are more and more until you reach the big waterfall. You can then climb to the top of the giant waterfall, where there is yet another series of waterfalls that you can jump off! Off the main one, you can sit on the edge and overlook the whole valley. I’m doing a poor job of explaining but we’ll make a gopro video of it so you can see ☺ After the waterfall, we climbed the hill in the city center to overlook the mountains and river. That view though….. THEN we got fish massages! You stick your feet in a pool of fish that eat your skin cells away and it tickles so much! Hilarious! Next, we got dinner at the market (all you can fit in your bowl for $1.50) and went out with everyone to the bar Utopia. Bars close at like 11:30 here, but the bowling alley stays open until about 3 so naturally we did that. WHEW big day! We absolutely loved Laos and I’m kind of sad we left so soon but it was a good choice and I’ll explain why in the next post!