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  • Day19

    Touring

    February 1 in Vietnam ⋅ ☁️ 16 °C

    We were up at 5:40 this morning to prepare for our tour. We need a big breakfast because all our walking has been training for today. We are currently heading for the countryside to climb a mountain with 500 steps!!!!Read more

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  • Day18

    Heading out today for Vietnam

    January 31 in Laos ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    I totally relaxed today. A nice breakfast in our peaceful surroundings followed by a massage. Headed to the post office to mail out a parcel so our bags don’t get too heavy. This travelling light definitely has its advantages... who knew that it could actually be so easy. There is no way I would have ever thought I could have done such light travelling. It sure helps speed things up at the airport.
    I will miss the tranquility of this hotel with the ponds, water lilies and a pool that is not below freezing 🥶. Not sure why that has been the trend but I would have been in the pools a lot more if they were not so dog gone cold!
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  • Day17

    Sunset

    January 30 in Laos ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    Relaxed a little before we headed out for supper. We walked another direction from the hotel to find a cafe Teresa suggested with a sunset view. After walking through a few scary spots and down, what I would consider a dark back alley, we made it to our cafe. The view was stunning as the boats gathered for their own views we enjoyed our last sunset in this beautiful city. The walk was worth it! I would definitely suggest a visit to Luang Prabang if you are out this way. Food was not as good as Thailand but I felt quite at home here with the pleasant people that I had pleasure of meeting, the evening walks through the night markets and the amazing massages at $20-35 for 60 minutes. I will surely miss this feeling.Read more

  • Day17

    Waterfall’s

    January 30 in Laos ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    One hour in the road and we reach the waterfalls. The driver has a rather authoritative personality with a slight scowl on his face as he informs us we have 2 hours then we must be back at the bus or he leaves! Take picture of Van number...take picture if van number he says then he drives off. His demeanour could use some work, lol.
    We enjoyed the falls even though we did not go all the way to the top, enough up hill already. I brought my suit to swim but after a few pictures I realized that there was absolutely no plant 🌱 life at all. Not sure about you but if I see no signs of life I don’t think it is a good idea to swim in the water 💦 💧. I did finally find some fish and some black gunk that slightly resembled mold so I was happy to enjoy the views and take my pictures. The falls were pretty for sure. There was a bear enclosure as well to bring the plight of bears into the public eye and to better understand our intrusion into their territories.
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  • Day17

    Butterfly

    January 30 in Laos ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    We finished up at the waterfalls and had some spare time and thanks to two well spoken young ladies they convinced us to walk the 300 meters to the butterfly 🦋 park. This park was opened by two Dutchmen who sold everything they owned in Holland and moved to Laos 🇱🇦 to create this learning centre for the school children and the public.
    A great experience was had, they explained the process of the butterfly’s and showed us a number of them that would have been hard to find. After we were done a few moments in the market before we boarded our bus back to town. Note the video of the fan with a bag on it to keep the fly’s off the food!!! Very ingenious of them.
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  • Day16

    Elephant santuary

    January 29 in Laos ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    I was waiting patiently for this event! So excited to have a one in one experience with the elephants 🐘🐘 and the great work this sanctuary does to help these beautiful animals from abuse, disease and beatings. We were to get a lesson on elephants and their habitat, the workings of the sanctuary them finally a trek with the elephants ending with lunch. Well the close experiences with the elephants were outstanding! We got to feed them, which we found out could be a bit slobbery! Too funny, they reach for another banana and You would get some back wash from their trunk... yuck! After some pictures some walking and more pictures. The only thing I would have added was more time. A very special event for me.Read more

  • Day15

    Bamboo bridge to cross Nsm khan river

    January 28 in Laos ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    I am on the end of the land and of town and I am willing to cross this bamboo bridge, only during the dry season, to the Phonsaath village. There really was not much to see in the village but the bridge, besides being a little rackety was a neat experience and even a little scary. I saw an older lady crying half way as she did not believe she was safe. It cracked and banged as you walked and probably could have gone at any moment but it stayed for my crossing at least. My only thought was, thank god I can swim like a water rat! 🤣

    Now lunch! Starving from all this walking and the heat.
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  • Day15

    Wat Xiengthong

    January 28 in Laos ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    Wat Xiengthong is one of the oldest and most beautiful monasteries in Luang Prabang which is praised as the architectural gem for its historical and artistic values. Built by King Say Setthathirath from 1559 to 1560. The glass mosaic decorations, carvings and paintings were just beautiful. The temples just sparkle because of the coloured mirrors used in the depictions on the outside of the two temples. So glad I came this far from the hotel.Read more

  • Day14

    Day 2 slow boat to Laos.

    January 27 in Laos ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    We had an early start and on to the boat we went. Rather chilly this morning but a hot beverage made it a bit more tolerable. We visited another village were they showed us that young teak leaves make a red dye for your lips and a rice whiskey 🥃 that has quite a bite ! You might just lose your sight for a couple days and maybe a few memories as well. I have another footprint for caves.
    We are slowly entering the Luang Prabang as the sun is setting. The boats are scattered over the river as we enter and I feel like the female star in the titanic movie 🎥. Then suddenly our captain scares the crap out of me by honking the horn for the other boats to get out of our way. So much for that fantasy. 😂
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  • Day13

    Pak Beng

    January 26 in Laos ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    We finally arrived at our hotel for the night directly across from the elephant sanctuary in the other side of the river. The other guests were sent to another hotel as part of their reservation. We were placed on this boat because there were not enough guests on the boat we originally booked on.
    The views... priceless! We had supper in the restaurant up the hill, I believe my bottom should be amazing by the time I return home as the amount of stairs and walking has been substantial. Lol. Seriously... bum of steel!🤣😂
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