Tuesday, July 5, 2011

The Slow Boat to Laos

Benefits of traveling during low season:

Saturday night: Why don't we leave and go to Lao tomorrow?
Sunday morning: Speeding through northern Thailand in a minibus, beginning our 3 day journey to Laos.

We drove through Chiang Rai and stopped to see the White Temple - a beautiful contemporary Buddhist temple.

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We stayed for one night in the Thai/Lao border town. Note to guesthouses: it's a little disconcerting when the mosquito nets have numerous holes patched with Band-Aids and duct tape.

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On Monday morning we obtained Lao visas and boarded the slow boat bound for Pak Beng. We floated down the Mekong for 6 hours before arriving in Pak Beng, a town that seems to exist solely for the purpose of feeding and sheltering Westerners taking the slow boat to Luang Prabang.

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On Sunday, after 8 hours of floating through wilderness so beautiful and untouched it seemed almost prehistoric, we arrived in Luang Prabang. The boat ride on the second day was also a lot more laid back since the chain-smoking beer drinkers that congregated at the back of the boat were tired from the night before:

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Although not the most efficient way to travel from Thailand to Laos, the slow boat ride was worth the trip for the scenery and experience.

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