Off to Luang Prabang, Laos with the kids to explore the area before Boun Heua Fai or the Festival of Lights to us westerners. In our first few days, we did a Mekong River sunset cruise, we rented motorbikes and cruised up to Kuang Si waterfall and also went up to Pak Ou Caves which are known for their many Buddha statues.

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After a flight delay out of Siem Reap and getting in fairly late to Luang Prabang, we thought it would be best to take it easy. Our first day we wandered a bit around town and happened to run into a boat driver who gave us a pretty good deal on a Mekong River sunset cruise, so we took him up on it. The cloud cover didn’t necessarily agree with us, but it was still nice to get out on the river and see the locals on the river and its shores living as they have for generations.

On our second day, we rented some mopeds, motorbikes to the locals, to cruise up to Kuang Si waterfall. On the way, you need to stop at Phousi Market and see all the crazy stuff they have. Still disappointed that I wasn’t able to find the fabled bat on a stick. The weather was raining off and on again for us, but we made it up to the falls without incident. The waterfalls are really beautiful and the natural pools underneath the main falls are definitely unique to most waterfalls we’ve seen.

On our final day, we made it up to Pak Ou Cave. It was a bit of a haul to get to it, but we had time to kill and it was actually a pretty fun time just cruising the Mekong and looking out at the landscape. The caves themselves were ok..if we were pressed for time on a visit, this would be an easy pass. Still glad we made it up there.

Fried Bananas.

Alms for the monks and Festival of Lights are next.

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Ryan Schmitz

Ryan is a traveler who works just long enough to get to his next trip. He usually has numerous trips in the pipeline and, when possible, brings his family along with him.

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