Luang Prabang, Laos

More highlights from Laos. The city of Luang Prabang is lovely, a nice mix of old and new…the “sometimes” nature of wifi was a reminder that we were in a developing country.

We visited a village along the Mekong, delivering gifts from Road Scholar: tin and wood for the school-house roof.
I found the village signs interesting. As you can see, the Lao aren’t big on spaces between words, which make it an extremely challenging language to learn.

Their English is way better than MY Laotian. I have barely learned how to say “hello”.


Our young guide escorted us to the schoolhouse.
The kiddies were on their lunch break, but they gathered to sing to us.  We reciprocated with a rousing chorus of “row, row, row your boat.”


How could I not buy something from this sweet boy? I think Low Price Lenny might like a snail with a Buddha painted on his back.

Notice the bill in the baby’s hand? She helped her mother sell me a scarf so she demanded HER cut!

One more view of the Mekong, then we were on our way back to Luang Prabang.

First our guide Man (that’s his name, not a description) serenaded us, then he turned into a bartender, whipping up some killer gin and tonics. What a great way to end the trip!
Several of the ladies decided we could fit in another trip to the night market and a relaxing drink at the Villa Santi if we got ourselves to The Indestructible Rock (that night’s restaurant) on our own. No photos of that excursion…just great memories.

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