The visa to Laos was fairly easy to get from Chang Khong. It was $36 USD.
Slow boating it to Luang Prabang on the Mekhong River. It is a two day boat ride. With cooler stocked with beer and lao whiskey we boarded our slow boat.
Large lush Green mountains line the river with the compliment of colorful long boats. Stationary fishing poles with nets are set up on the rocks that line the river. Loud vortexes swirl in the middle of the river in some places. These can pull you under and drown you, so no one swims in the river.
Our night stop is at Pag Beng. It is a super small town. Tons of people greet us at the dock to try to have us stay at our hotel or to carry our luggage for money.
3 Canadians, one American and a Brit make up my new friends. We ate and had some beerlao and shots of tiger loa whiskey.
Huge bugs with big wings start to fly up from a tree right outside the restaurant. There are tons and the local children swing and them and try to catch them. Easily caught in my hand, I throw one at an Australian boy. He freaked out as it flew into his face. I’m really good at making friends, here’s a bug for your face! 😉
Next day we head to Luang Pra Bang on a bigger boat. I gladly welcome the rain and allow the rain droplets to sprinkle on my face.
There was a street market with tons of trinkets to buy.
The next day, Levi and I both have major A.D.D. Once we’ll be looking for a book store then we’ll change directions to check out something else. We are just overwhelmed with everything. Food and puppies are just a couple of examples of our A.D.D. escapades.
After wondering the streets in the rain, we stumbled upon a bar called Utopia. We had heard people talking about it previously, so we decided to check it out. This place has a cool outdoor lounge with mats you can lay on and take in the view of the muddy Mekong River. We order some Beerlao and some lao food. The loose parts of the hillsides would slide into the river.
After that we played some beach volleyball court that was right by the bar. There were about 4 Lao guys that were really good. They were really short, but man did they have hops like you wouldn’t believe. They can get on top of the ball and kill it. This was really fun and it was a good workout.
At night this town closes down at 11:30pm. Woow that’s early, right? Not to fear, everyone heads to the local bowling alley to continue the party. Locals play barefoot, so we did too.