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Luang Prabang, Laos

What a great place!

sunny 92 °F
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The City

Luang Prabang is a World Heritage City. It has a long history, seamlessly fusing ancient Buddhist temples and French Colonial architecture.

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Boat up the Mekong & Pak Ou Cave Tour

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Great Food

The food here is tasty & cheap (in that order). You can easily find a fresh french baguette, next to a stall of barbecued Lao chicken, and everything in between. They have a night market where you can get barbecued chicken, pork or fish for ~$1.

Interestingly enough, our daily routine here revolves around food. We start and end the day with a delicious fruit shake. Sometimes we'll also throw one in for lunch. At 50 cents, you can't beat the relief from the heat that you get from these icy treats.

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Khuang Si Falls

Khuang Si falls is as close to paradise as we've gotten thus far. The falls are a turquoise color and form multiples layers of pools that you can swim in. We had a blast wading in the pools and swimming under the curtains of water that shielded us from the day's heat.

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Swimming with the Monks

On our fifth day in Luang Prabang we just kind of wandered around. After our morning fruit shakes and a visit to Wat Xien Thong, we walked towards one of the rivers that flows into the mekong. There we saw a group of young monks and kids playing in the river. Edward decided to join them and jumped into the river. It was a great relief from the heat of the afternoon sun.

The monks were extremely friendly and curious. Many of them know basic english, so we were able to communicate with them.

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Elephant Trek: TBE

Since we had never done anything like it, we weren't sure what to expect from our elephant trek. However, we were pleasantly surprised. Although it looked pretty uncomfortable to have to carry two heavy westerners on their backs and the trainer on their neck, the elephants looked healthy and well treated.

Riding an elephant is much more pleasant than riding a horse. The strides and movements are much more gentle, given their massive size, so it feels more like a constant sway.

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We did a loop through the jungle and ended with a dramatic entrance into the river. Oh, how elephants relished the water! It gave them a chance to quench their thirst and cool off after a hearty hike.

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After we finished the jungle trek, we got to feed the elephants bananas and bond one on one. The experience from below is even more amazing than the one from above. Standing side by side with an elephant, you really get to see how majestic these creatures are. Their giant brown eyes really capture you and the details of their rough, wrinkled skin is beautiful in a natural yet raw way. What a great way to end our time in Luang Prabang!

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Posted by edcastano 04:03 Archived in Laos

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