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Mekong River, Laos
OCTOBER 26, 2009
After checking out of
the Four Seasons Tented Camp, Golden Triangle, we were off
to the ferry pier in Cheng Sue for our boat trip to Laos
along the Mekong River. Spectacular scenery, jungle everywhere.
Even spotted wild elephants drinking water from the river
just across the way - how cool is that?
We arrived to Luang Say Lodge for an overnight stay. Very
beautiful setting, a bit rustic for our taste, but was ok
for just one night. Lots of bugs, spiders and a "few" of
mosquitoes, my definite favorite? Absolutely not!!!! However,
we did share our dining experience at the open-aired lodge
with a lovely English couple, Keith and Jan, whom are great
fun! They just love to travel (hmm., remind us of somebody..).
Coincidently we shared a couple of words with each other
at the Four Seasons and found "group power" when trying
to get our visas to Laos, so why not chat it up during a
bite to eat. And besides, after a few glasses of wine, who
cares about insects and things that can kill you anyway?!
During the cruise we visited
several hill tribe villages. Children everywhere (each person
has about 7-12 kids, thus family planning not a priority),
and soooo cute, with their small bodies and round and adorable
heads. We also stopped to taste some home-made Lao whiskey
and visited the famous Pak Ou caves, filled with hundreds
if not thousands of Buddha statues.
Overall, the boat trip was very relaxing and it was well
worth the 14 hours of cruising down the Mekong. Oh, and
it was absolutely gorgeous weather, which for sure strengthened
our experience. Definitely an adventure that gets thumbs
up from us (without perhaps the accommodation)!
Boating Down the Mekong River
We had a gorgeous day, lots of sunshine
and a nice breeze as we went down the river. This was
the first time we didn't have internet access (other
than on airplanes),
quite strange actually.
We met lots of kids who apparently
always was on a "lunch break" when we stopped by for
a visit at their village. So cute and just really a
joy to watch and interact with.
Another photo that says a thousand words.
We stayed overnight at Luang Say
Lodge in the middle of our river cruise down the Mekong.
The bungalows were really cute from afar, however a
bit rustic on the inside. Just ask hubby, he was greeted
by a giant spider while taking a 5:30AM morning shower.
Guess if that woke him up?!
The sons of today and the men of tomorrow.
A young girl coming out to see what all
these tourists are all about.