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.