Our Trip to Southeast Asia 2012 (Around the World in 27 days) travel blog

Full moon at dinner

Rice baskets

Our room

Off early for alms giving to the monks

Setting up

Alms giving

 

rows and rows of monks

 

On an ordinary street with the locals

they are so young

 

 

On a dirt road headed to the elephant sanctuary

Morning fog

 

 

The elephant ride in the river

A boat on the land

Our group

Anne relaxes

The mountains

Training for elephants

Our ride

We are riding!

Down to the river

 

 

 

 

 

In the long tail boat to the waterfall

 

The waterfall into the river

Just a portion of the waterfall

 

 

The main pool

 

 

Bathing the elephants

 

 

 

Back to the boats

Our boatman

A butterfly

 

 

Returning

 

 

 

The many stair climb

Highly decorated

 

 

 

View from the top

 

 

 

 

 

A locals' bridge

Monks working on their garden

We had a great day

Remembering the monks


Day 6 & 7 Nov 1 & 2 (Thur. & Fri.) Luang Prabang, Laos

We are now in Laos - a far more laid back country than Vietnam. We discovered rice baskets at our dinner. They are little woven bamboo containers that are lined with banana leaves and hold a serving of rice. Rice is the staple food in all of these regions.

After a good night's sleep, we rose before dawn and arrived at our designated alms-giving place on the main street. Our guides showed us how to kneel and place the sticky rice into the bowls of the monks. As we prepared for the alms-giving, the monks appeared in long rows and passed by as we deposited a handful of rice in their bowls. It was a very moving ceremony. We noticed many of the monks were quite young. They enter as novices at the age of 12.

After breakfast, we journeyed to an elephant sanctuary. Elephants were used for logging long ago, but now modern methods have displaced them. Instead of just wandering around, the sanctuary has given them homes where they eat royally and give tourists a ride in a river and through a jungle.

We completed the elephant day with a long tail boat ride to a magnificent waterfall where we could swim (we just soaked our feet) and enjoy the blue water as it cascaded over the rocks.

The next day we practiced for the "Tiger's Nest" climb we are going to do in Bhutan by climbing up to the stupa on a hill with about 350 steps. We walked around the town and then headed back to the hotel and waited for our plane to Cambodia.

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