Life in Laos through the lens of a diplomatic wife raising twin toddlers.
The need to finish up my posts about our recent trip to Luang Prabang is a poor disguise for a severe case of procrastination disorder but some priorities need to be rearranged in order to eventually get the truly important stuff done sometimes. I can’t just leave the unfinished business of my first post hanging over my head and try to concentrate on my on-line coursework or Lao language homework or paying bills or planning birthday celebrations for all four of us (yes, ALL of our birthdays occur within three consecutive days of this month, the 15th, 16th, and 17th!). I love it when a trip was so good that you can’t stop thinking about it for a long time afterwards. Sharing it with all of you helps to process this excitement so thanks for tuning in. Hopefully, I’ll be able to get to the other things after I’ve cleared my head of one of the most memorable trips I’ve ever had.
Our next two days in Luang Prabang were spent exploring on foot, on a boat, and on bicycles – which is hands-down the best way to see the town. Each early morning we woke up to sounds of drumming and chanting coming from the nearby temple (as well as the kids’ coughs and whimpers in their sleep) and try to make our way through the hotel breakfast without disturbing the peace and calm too much given the kids’ kinetic morning bursts of energy. But rising early meant catching the cool morning air for exploring and heading off the crowds at the main sights.
The kids were completely bored and hot as we wandered through Wat Xieng Thong, forcing us to quickly retreat to somewhere shady for a snack. Luckily, we headed down the temple’s steep staircase towards the Mekong River where a young man offered us a boat ride. How serendipitous! It had been a personal goal of mine for this trip to get the kids on a boat but I had neither the time or the wherewithal to prearrange it, yet there we were stepping in to a long-boat without batting one ounce of effort to make it happen. I was psyched. And what better place to snack than sitting comfortable and cool on a boat?
The main town center of Luang Prabang is an isthmus flanked on one side by the mighty Mekong and another by a smaller river that snakes it’s way down from the mountains to join the Mekong at the isthmus’ tip. The smaller river’s side of the town is even more laid back, less touristy, and to me, offered my favorite river view so far from this trip…
Well I thought I could get this series done in two posts but I guess there is just too many good things to say and show you about Luang Prabang (and I’m not just procrastinating here; it is truly a wonderful wonderful place). The best is yet to come in my next post about magical evenings of lantern lighting and celebrating under the full moon!
Click here for Part I.