Luang Prabang Journals

Christmas in Laos

A December 2004 trip to Luang Prabang by roseboard

Quote: Christmas in a Buddhist country felt like any other day, except Tammy surprised me with a Christmas stocking (her sock).

Hiking among the Hmong

Attraction | "Trekking among the Hmong"

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From Luang Prabang, we were shuttled across the mghty Mekong River to begin our ascent. I noticed that I had considerably more luggage than my companions, loaded down with a sleeping bag (which I was determined to use, since I had carried it all this way), changes of clothing, and toiletries, versus their lone camelback. It turns out that something in between would have worked out better. The company provided guides, transportation, food, and water. They also gave up sleep sheets that, while easy to carry, did not keep my companions particularly warm. My recommendation would be to bring layers, making it easy to bundle up at night and strip down during the day. The first village we came to o...Read More

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Hiking among the Hmong
1 Mekong River
Luang Prabang, Laos

Christmas in Laos

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Intially I had planned to spend two and a half weeks in Laos with Tammy and her sister Mary. This was to be my outdoor adventure holiday, and it was. Our trip started with the taxi, plane, bus, tuk tuk, bus, border crossing, and taxi relay to go from Bangkok to Vientiane, the capital of Laos. We made a short stop on the Thai side of the border to visit the somewhat freakish statue garden filled with 8-story cement statues of Buddhas, Hindu gods, and snakes with too many heads built by a grateful Laotian man who was saved from some civil strife sometime during the strife riddled history of Laos (one of the most heavily bombed countries on Earth). Crossing the Friendship Bridge over the muddie...Read More