Trip Start Dec 28, 2010
28Trip End Apr 01, 2011
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Today is our third day here, and I love it even more!! We're off elephant trekking and waterfall visiting...very exciting!!
We were picked up at about 8:15 and taken to the the All Laos Elephant Camp, it took us a while to get there along some incredibly bumpy roads!! On the way I was a little concerned about my well known slight fear of large animals....I just don't trust them!! But there was no fear at all....maybe I'm over it!! Anyways, there were two to an elephant and Shell drew the short straw and went with another girl....who was actually really nice....but she did have a very annoying friend. She was one of those seasoned travellers....early-40's, loud, boisterous and been everywhere...I think they're a specific breed of traveller!
But even funnier was when we stopped and swapped with the keeper, first Patty clambered onto his head and then we swapped.....the elephants skin was really tough...and had really wiry hairs on it!
We were probably trekking for a couple of hours before we returned and then made our way to the Kuang Si Waterfalls. They were gorgeous, first there were little falls that went into pools are water that were a gorgeous colour of blue. We carried on walking to the big one, which was nice....but you weren't allowed to swim....I was hoping to get a picture of us all re-enacting the Timotei advert...but unfortunately not! There was a pool to swim in though, but it was freezing!!!
On the way back our guide took us to visit a traditional Laos village, which was full of shacks and dirt passageways, you could see how poor the people were. They had set out stalls on the way around for us tourists to buy things they had made, and all the children were trying their best to sell you things....some looked only 3 or 4. I gave one of them 1,000 kip, which is pennies to us but a lot to them. One of the villagers had died in the morning and we witnessed them all preparing for the funeral, which was similar to the buddhists, burning paper money to
All in all, another fantastic day in Laos!!
We got back to the hotel, and did some relaxing with a nice cold beer! I ordered some food, hot and sour soup...it wasn't like what we get in the chippy!! But it did have some whole chilli's in, and I set Michelle the 'Chilli Challenge'. We both ate one each.....and OMG were they hot (the photo speaks for itself!). Shell went running back the room in tears to find water....whilst I glugged on my beer! She then challenged us to drink something that looked like soy sauce, so I filled one of those big Chines spoons full and drank it....vile...I expected her to do the same, but oh no she laughed and said she had no intention....I'm so gullible!!
We were supposed to be up at 05:45 to go see the monks, every day at 06:00 around 300 monks make their way through the streets accepting food from the people. We woke up, saw it
You see monks in their bright orange robes all through the village of Luang Prabang, as it's a very spiritual place, and ithe whole town is actually a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Now we were told that Laos was one of the most remote and poor countries in the world.......but let me tell you something.....everywhere you go, even in the jungle, full bloody mobile phone signals.......I don't even get that in my own home!! Bloody O2 network, I will be putting that in my letter of complaint to them!!
I'm adding a new feature to the blog, it's called 3 Words, as we've all started a little tradition of when we leave a country we describe it in 3 words!!
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