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Riverboats in Laos
To get back to Thailand we decided to take the slow riverboat. This was an excellent decision, as our decisions so often are. (Just kidding. We make wrong decisions 87% of the time. This is a rough estimation.)
It was raining when we left Luang Prabang in the early morning, but it wasn’t a long tuk tuk drive to the muddy river docks, and it had turned into a hazy gray day. The rain had become a drizzly mist obscuring the horizon. We carefully made our way down the slippery shore to the anchored riverboat and climbed aboard. (more…)
The City of Elephants and Waterfalls
2017 UPDATE: I wrote this post when I was wildly ignorant of the terrible treatment of elephants in captivity. I strongly discourage anyone traveling in South East Asia from taking part in elephant rides, baths, etc. If you want to help them, donate to an ethical sanctuary, and observe them from a distance. Thanks for your understanding!
Luang Prabang was definitely out of our price range. We were wandering around with another traveler who assured us she’d checked the guidebooks and had some great hostel options in mind. First one she took us to: 70 a night. Did they mean 70,000 kip, perhaps? Ha! Ha ha ha ha, HA! 70 US, thank you very much. We practically ran out the door.
But by poking our heads down a few alleyways we found some places in the typical $5-8 range. Phew. (more…)
Drifting in Vang Vieng
After the misadventure in Vientiane, my brain just needed a few days to check out. Luckily we were headed to Vang Vieng, a chilled out river town where every restaurant seems to be a TV cafe where they lounge on big couch cushions all day and watch Friends while they drink coffee after coffee– or in Nicole’s case, milk shakes. (more…)