Thursday, April 1, 2010

Luang Probang to Vang Vieng (What We Really Did On April Fools Day)

We got up early to see the monks collecting alms from the local people. Basically, they go out at dawn and are given rice.

From Drop Box

Then we took a minibus to Vang Vieng. That was a little frustrating. It is supposed to be about a 5 hour trip, but took 7 because we left an hour late and then made not one but two 30 minute food/bathroom stops. We thought that was more than a little excessive. Gotta assume it was a commission thing.

Along the way we saw a depressingly huge amount of burning jungle. Makes you realize what people are talking about when they quote rates of rain forest destruction like it's a continuous, powerful, scary, and apparently all-but-unstoppable force, practically outside of human control. That's definitely exactly what it looks like when you are here.

For dinner, we found a restaurant with a view of the river and sunset.

From Drop Box

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