Chocolate Banana Pancakes in Luang Prabang

If you’re just beginning to read…this was a trip I took through GAP Adventures in 2009 with six people from Canada, US, Germany, and the UK, to Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam.

We spent the night in Pakbeng, on our way to Luang Prabang in Laos, en route from Chiang Mai via Chiang Rai and Chiang Khong.  I just had to say that!  I was capturing images of the sunrise at the river’s edge and was pleased to see this fisherman beginning his day.

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We went as a group that morning to buy 70 notebooks and pens, 8 dozen eggs, and a variety of other things from the local market to give to another group of villagers (I believe more Hmong) that live on the Mekong River.  Notice the supplies lying on the ground next to the guy in the red coat, who was our Tour Guide while we were traveling through Laos.

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We delivered the school supplies to the children!  I could just put that little girl in my suitcase and bring her home…she’s soooo cute!

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On our way to the quaint town of Luang Prabang, we stopped at a spiritual cave called “Pak Ou Caves“.

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Luang Prabang was everyone’s favorite town…with lots of shopping, good food, nice markets and friendly people.

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This seemed very odd…a line of clothes and hunks of meat.

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Chocolate Banana Pancakes were on every menu…

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One of the women on the trip and I rented a bicycle and explored the town.  It’s a great way to see more!  I also had another massage by a young girl that had very strong hands.

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Life is good!!

White Temple in Chiang Rai, Thailand

The Wat Rong Khun temple or “White Temple” is located in Chiang Rai, Thailand and we stopped there while en route from Chiang Mai to Chiang Khong.  As you can see it is beautiful and very artistic.  It was in fact designed by an artist named Chalermchai Kositpipat.

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The hands sculptures were on either side of the walkway at the front entrance!

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He had quite an imagination…

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At the border of Laos we boarded this slow boat for an eight hour trip on the Mekong River.  We had the boat all to ourselves!

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We stopped at a village where the Hmong hilltribe people lived in Laos…and a discussion began concerning happiness.  One of the women on the trip felt very sorry for these people.  They seemed quite happy to me!  So long as people have a roof over their head, food to eat, clean water, and medical attention when necessary…especially if that is the life they have always led…then perhaps the simpler life style is less stressful.

The history of Hmong people is very interesting…you should take a look.

Beautiful girls…

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Pet monkey on a chain…:)

Next…more of Laos…followed by Vietnam!