One of my favorite word I’ve learned so far is Sabaidi. In Laotian it means hello and goodbye.
Walking up and down the night market streets it was constantly being shouted. ‘Sabaidi! Sabaidi! Would you like a bracelet? Sabaidi!’
It was a beautiful word. It was one of many beautiful parts about Laos.
We arrived in Luang Prabang, Laos in what I’m assuming will be the most interesting forms of transportation we have in our trip — a two-day slow boat.
Hello slow boat!
Side shot of a slow boat
With anything you do — work or play — the people you are surrounded by will make all the difference. We were lucky enough to have an amazing boat full of people. Soon the beer started flowing and people sat on the boat edges, toes dipped in the flowing Mekong River.
Then, the music started playing. Dorf, our Aussie pal, and a young boy on board brought out an amp and the party got started. We limboed and danced until our overnight stop in Pack Bang, Laos.
Anyways, the fun continued until we arrived in Luang Prabang.
It’s hard to describe what made Luang Prabang so special. It was a quiet, peaceful town with bustling markets and shops. The food was amazing, the exploring was fantastic, and our slow boat crew was in town.
Here are some highlights:
Maddy, Desirèe, Anna, Sasha (our pal we picked up on the slow boat) and I checked out the nearby waterfall one afternoon.
Desirèe, me, Anna, Maddy and Sasha
We hiked to the top where teenage Monks were doing backflips!
We spent time in the night market (so much cool stuff but so little space in the pack).
We went midnight bowling because the bars all close at 11:30 p.m.
We got fish foot massages, which were extremely tickly!!!
We awoke at the crack of dawn to watch local monks receive alms from locals. (The extra was given to poor children in town.) *Pics won’t load … sorry!*
We ate DELICIOUS food for a dollar.
Moral of the story, it was an amazing time. I fell in love and was extremely sad to leave. Until next time Luang Prabang! Sabaidi!