12.03.2015 - 12.03.2015
The first thing we noticed about Luang Prabang was that it was cold!! In saying that it was a lovely change to have to wear more clothes! After finding a place to stay we went to explore! We found some interesting things. This town feels alot more relaxed and almost homely.
This buddist temple was cool. Lots of steps. Chatted to a monk.
Crossed this neat (slightly dodgy) bridge and went to the textiles part of town. The way they make fabric is fascinating! Saw the silk worms and machines in operation.
The next day was a highlight. We booked an elephant experience. We went to a sanctuary where they have rescued elephants from hard labour. These elephants were once used to haul logs out of the forest. Here they work with tourists and get days off and a pretty good life.
Our elephants were called Chocolate and Cinnamon (42 and 40 years old). They were lovely. Fun fact: an elephant eats around 130kg of food a day!
We went for a ride along a track, fed them and then bathed with them!
Words cannot describe how cool it was! They are such fascinating creatures and to be so close was incredible!!!
We then headed to Kuang Si waterfall. It was a bumpy ride! The falls were beautiful! Swam here.. only briefly as it was very fresh!
Saw some sun bears which were cool. These have been rescued from people who extract bile from them.
Visited the night markets and spent another day cruising.
Was a great few days.
We decided to head to Thailand from here. This gave us two travel options a day on a bus or two days up the Mekong by boat. We are well over buses for the moment so chose the boat. It was a long was to Huay Xai, but the scenery was beautiful and it was nice to be able to walk around!
Huay Xai has been amazing! Will update soon! as right now its time for bed! Zzzz