June 27, 2015

Blog 9: Going on a trip to Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia! Part 2


 I will continue my story about the trip to Thailand, Laos and Cambodia. If you want to read the previous one, please read blog 8: Going on a trip to Thailand, Laos and Cambodia. Laos is by far my favorite country I have visited during the exchange period. It is cheap, the people are very kind, and it has a rich culture.

As we arrived in Luang Prabang, we did not have place to stay. However, we met a man near the bus station in Luang Prabang, who offered us to stay at his Guest House for only 5 Euro per night, including breakfast. His English was not so good, but we were able to understand each other. We as backpackers didn’t have much choice accepted his offer. Once we arrived at his Guest House, I noticed many bicycles standing in front of the house, which we could rent.

As such, we took the bicycle and cruised through the city of Luang Prabang. There are not so many tourists in Laos, and everyone wanted to greet us. Moreover, there are many Buddhist monks walking around in the city. We visited many temples where these monks do their religious practices. We got short briefing about their religion and made a picture together with the monks.

On the second day, the wife of our host made us some very delicious breakfast. Afterwards, We hired a bus from the guest house to go to one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the world, which is called the Kouangxi falls. We went very early on a Saturday morning. 

You enter via the bear rescue center, which is worth the time to have a look around. The falls themselves cascade over many levels and the water is a beautiful turquoise blue. We explored the area a bit which is full of beautiful trees and plants. After the walk a dip in the pool was a must and although a number of people has arrived by this point we had the bottom pool to ourselves.

At 3 PM, we decided to go the infamous elephant riding. The ride itself Is not very long. It is more or less like a short walk through the forest. Some places can be very steep for the elephant. But the best thing is the river we had to cross on the elephant. It was a warm day, and the wanted to experience the fun of swimming with the elephants. For 4 dollars extra, we were allowed to bath and wash the back of the elephant whilst being in the water, which is a very fun experience as each elephant tend to splash water over you.

After being three days in Laos, we decided to take the plane to Cambodia. On the next blog, I will continue the story about my experiences in Cambodia. I highly recommend everyone to go to Laos to experience these things in person. You will not regret it!

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