This is our last trip for a while. I’m flying with Oliver to the States so we can prepare for baby girl’s arrival! We wanted to have a little vacation before the chaos, and Tet was right before my departure which gave us the perfect window. Our trip to Luang Prabang, Laos was 5 days, which was plenty. The hotel we stayed at was nice and quiet, and we were practically the only people there. The weather was perfect, in the 80’s but low humidity and no pollution. Luang Prabang is set on the Mekong river and we ended up eating or relaxing riverside every day. There is a huge night market in the center of the small town. We walked through the market every night, buying clothes and unique souvenirs from the locals.
Our first full day in town we went to Elephant Village, an elephant sanctuary that focuses on the rehabilitation and protection of elephants. I’ve always wanted to ride an elephant, and at 8 months pregnant I got my chance. There are a lot of things I haven’t been able to do here in Asia because I’m pregnant, like ride roller coasters at Disney or go zip lining. But I was not going to pass up a chance to ride an elephant, bareback. It was a once in lifetime experience! I’ll admit, I was a little nervous at first, but my mahout (elephant trainer) stayed on the elephant until I was comfortable. Hubby and Oliver rode another elephant during the ride, and Oliver was very good about riding as long as he could see me behind them.
We aimed to have a relaxing couple of days, so we didn’t really set any kind of itinerary. You can’t stay in Luang Prabang for any length of time with out visiting a temple (called wats). There are 32, and each one is beautiful. The outsides are often painted in gold and decorated with shiny pieces of green glass so they shimmer in the sun. Inside are different depictions of buddha and walking around are monks of different ages in their distinct orange robes. The wats were all beautiful in their own unique way.
The food was really good, ranging from western dishes to noodles soups to whole fish grilled on bamboo skewers. We drank from coconuts and enjoyed some delicious coffee along the Mekong. Our final vacation was a wonderful one, and I would highly recommend Luang Prabang for anyone looking for a nice relaxing vacation.