Southeast Asia: Luang Prabang, Laos

As we traveled deeper into Southeast Asia, the pictures started to build up, the internet started to slow down, and my energy for blogging started to quell. Sadly, I failed in my plan to blog dispatches from the road, but now that I'm back in Brooklyn, I'm going to make up for lost time, and share the rest of our trip this week. Laos is one of the most wonderful places I've been in my life, and was a welcome change to teeming Hanoi.

Wat Long Khun, full of beautiful half-faded murals.

Farmers we passed during a trek to the Kuang Si waterfall.

We rode elephants!

Descending to the pools of the Kuang Si waterfall.

A bamboo bridge over the Nam Khan river - these bridges wash away in the rainy season, during which time people cross via rafts. These long, shaky bamboo bridges are rebuilt every year for the dry season.

Kuang Si waterfall

Long colorful motorboats we took to get to the Tad Sae waterfall (later we kayaked back to Luang Prabang - no one told us that it would take 5 hours (!) of intense kayaking in the hot sun to get there. We kayaked through rapids, a first for me, and capsized during the most dangerous, fastest, rock-filled rapids. Water got into my contacts, and I'm embarrassed to admit that I was shouting, "I can't see! I'm scared! I can't see!" as the water swept us along like ragdolls. We made it out just fine, of course.)

Buddha showing his wooden skeleton

Luang Prabang at dusk

Sunset over the Mekong River

Buddha cobwebs