Saturday, October 22, 2016

Laos - Luang Prabang 10/16

 Laos was a few A French colony till 1953 and was also in the middle of the war between Vietnam and the US. It's one of 20 poorest nations and 2008 economy crash seemed to slowed their progress. 

Luang Prabang the major city in the north has a center filled with touristy needs. However there's not much to see or do in the city despite lonely planet's description.  There's a few Buddhist temples that look ancient, deserted and in need of renovations. 

I ate at a local place that didn't have a menu; they just serve one kind of soup. It was tasty but I skipped the coagulated blood part.

I ran in to some travelers from the slow boat and the next day we took a tuk tuk then a tiny tippy, boat to tad sea waterfalls. We hiked up to the second falls with no one else there. So much beauty. 
Coming back from the second falls, we saw a tourist on an elephant in th pools.  It's a big thing to do here and in northern Thai. I never had the urge to be on an elephant and feel bad seeing them in this way. Probably the closest I will get to one. Gosh their mouth and ears are so big!

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