Sabaidi Laos. Sabaidi.

IMG_3263One 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.

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Hello slow boat!

Side shot of a 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.

LIMBO!

LIMBO!

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.

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Pals!

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).

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We went midnight bowling because the bars all close at 11:30 p.m.

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We got fish foot massages, which were extremely tickly!!!

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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!*

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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!

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Laos

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.

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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!

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