Laos in Pictures

We spent just over two weeks in Laos, crossing over from the northern most border with Thailand on the Mekong river. We packed a lot into our 22 days in the country and strangely also felt like we took it easy.

We spent a few days trekking with a guide through minority Hmong villages in the north and spending a night with the most unlikely of Shamans.  We zipped through the forest listening to the sound of Gibbons and then took the amazingly scenic two day slow boat to Luang Prabang, watching the locals sharing our boat haul rice, chickens and motorbikes to various villages along the way. In Luang Prabang, a UNESCO world heritage site that manages to be sleepy, arty and hip all at the same time, we woke up at the crack of dawn to watch the monks collect alms from the faithful. And motorbiked through the hilly country side to find a waterfall to swim in, made friends, ate plenty of Lao noodle soup and drank it down with cheap and tasty Beer Lao.

We had to make a speedy way through southern Laos to make it to Cambodia in time to hang out with a friend from DC and see Angkor Wat with him. But first we made an overnight pit stop in the tiny village of Kong Lo to venture on the river that runs through a 7 kilometer cave. It was like the depths of Moria from Lord of the Rings: creepy.

All in all Laos was wonderful. We would love the opportunity to go back.

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