Spent three great days in Vang Vieng with a group of fellow travelers; we went tubing, played in a lagoon, and simply chilled. Traveling with friends is a lot of fun, but also very different than traveling solo.
Spent five days in the middle of northern Laos at Luang Prabang. I went to a great Lao cooking class, hung out with some wonderful people, and saw the most beautiful waterfalls I’ve ever seen. The fish biting my feet scared me though.
Sorry for the delay in posts, the Internet hasn’t been strong enough to upload pictures.
My sole reason for coming to Huay Xai, Laos was the Gibbon Experience. I shelled out $300 big ones, going well over budget for the first time, to hike into the jungle, zip line to tree houses, and hopefully see some Gibbons.
My choice to splurge, was easily the best choice I’ve made on my trip so far. We not only saw one Gibbon, but close to 10 (there are only ~3200 wild gibbons in the world). Sleeping in a tree house only accessible by zip lining high above the jungle was something out of my dreams.
Distances on maps can be deceiving. What looks like 3 hours away could turn out to be, you know, like 12 hours. The journey to Huay Xai, Laos was 12 hours long. Starting in Pai, Thailand we drove to Chiang Mai and arrived at Chiang Khong around 12 hours later. We spent the night and woke up at 7, and crossed the boarder which was not only expensive but long (4 hours). My traveling companions and I arrived in Huay Xai, booked our Gibbon Experience for the next day, and promptly took a 4 hour nap. An amazing surprise awaited us when we woke up.
Turns out we happened to arrive in Huay Xai on the day of their boat racing festival. Hundreds of lanterns filled the sky, competing only with the candle boats peppering the river, like stars in the night sky. It was as if we had millions of bright stars above, and a strip of the starry night sky right at our fingertips running through the black landscape below us.
I am incredibly lucky.