What an adventure we’ve had over the last couple of weeks! We’ve been so busy, we haven’t had a chance to keep you all up to date. Patrick’s parents Catherine and Adrian came to Laos to join us for a week and a half between Luang Prabang and Muang La.
For Patrick’s big 3-0 birthday, we visited the beautiful Kuang Si waterfall together, stopping off on the way to see how traditional Lao fabrics are woven. Also during our time in Luang Prabang, we got up very early to see the monks receiving alms from the local people (a really special experience), strolled through the morning market, visited the temples, watched the sun go down over the river and enjoyed some very tasty food!
Then we headed further north to Nong Khiaw, a town nestled in beautiful mountains right next to the river. We were there to conquer the 100 Waterfalls. A series of waterfalls set in the jungle which you can climb up. A bit of a challenge but what an experience! We also got to visit a couple of villages which are only accessible by boat and were rewarded for our climb up the waterfalls with a cup of Lao Lao (locally brewed rice wine) with the local village chief.
Next stop was Muang La, a small town even further North. We had two truly magical days exploring the local area. The first day we visited a number of different villages, learning about local life. Catherine had bought some children’s books from charity Big Brother Mouse, who encourage locals in Laos to learn to read and to enjoy doing it. So we gave them out and also some biros which we’d bought in town. It was a really lovely day.
The next day, we went for a trek through the countryside with a local guide – sweaty but very fun! Then we visited a serene countryside temple to see their giant reclining Buddha and a stone featuring Buddha’s footprint. Before we knew it, it was the end of Catherine and Adrian’s holiday and they were flying home!
See all of our photos from this leg of our trip below: