Back to beautiful Thailand
Trip Start Dec 20, 2008
42Trip End Sep 12, 2009
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We took a cooking course where we learned the fine art of Laos cuisine. It was a full day affair and we left absolutely full to the brim. The day started off with a group trip to the local market... which is always interesting, no matter how many times you have been there. We shopped for all of the food for the day and learned about all the ingredients. We were able to make 6 dishes which we had for lunch and dinner. Hopefully we will be able to recreate some of the great food when we get back home!
We also took a tuk tuk to a beautiful waterfall. It felt great to jump into the cool water pools after all the heat. The waterfall area was like an oasis in the middle of the jungle... as Will would say, it was a paradise in the middle of paradise.
The morning that we left Luang Prabang, we got up at 0530 to watch the Alms giving for the Monks. Every morning at this time the monks walk along the street and recieve their food for the day from the local Buddhist people. Its quite the sight to see with the long line of orange robes walking by. I was invited to participate in the alms giving by a 19yr old girl that worked at our hotel that Will and I befriended. I kneeled on a mat next to her and her family on the side of the road and was taught how to give the monks each little balls of sticky rice. Although I have very limited knowledge of the Buddhist religion and culture, the whole experience was really quite touching. We were then shown how to place an offering on a small shrine (most houses have a small shrine in the corner of the yard or compound). We felt really lucky to be invited to share this daily ritual with our new friend.
Every year in August, Luang Prabang holds a huge Dragon Boat race. People from all over Laos, Thailand and Vietnam come to town to enjoy all of the festivities. The big race was held the day that we left so the town was getting very busy leading up to it. It seemed like every little street was filled with street vendors and food stalls, with people buzzing around everywhere.
We decided to take the slow boat on a looooooooong 2 day journey up the Mekong River towards Thailand
We crossed the boarder to Thailand yesterday and then took a 6 hr minibus ride to Chaing Mai. It feels good to be back in Thailand and we are looking forward to spending about a week in the Chaing Mai area.