After our adventurous first day down the mighty Mekong River, we could hardly wait to get back on the boat the next morning. The breakfast at the hotel was OK, you can’t really go wrong with a fried egg and toast. Nonetheless, we were ready to get to Luang Prabang and find out what awaited us today on the Nagi of Mekong.
The morning started out with a picturesque mist covering the mountains. It was a nice break throughout the morning until the sun came out later in the afternoon, and boy is the sun hot in Laos!
The banks were active today which gave us plenty to look at as we floated by.
My favorite part was seeing the elephants at work on the riverside.
The first village we visited brought the party to us. They welcomed us with the traditional lao lao drink, 45% homemade liquor that tastes much better than it sounds.
Each family had their own items for sale like bracelets, scarves and homemade lao lao. Our group had fun shopping around and all ended up buying a small something, how can you say no to this. 🙂
We ended our tour of the village at the school and many of the boys were up for playing – this one in particular was playing his own version of hide and seek.
Our last stop of the day was at Pak Ou caves. Phet explained the role the caves played in the upcoming new year festivities and the history how they were created. The caves were made of beautiful limestone, which I hadn’t seen since Railay.
After the caves we had only 45 minutes left on the Mekong river. We sat and soaked up the beauty, savored the peacefulness and prepared for our week ahead celebrating Lao New Year with non-stop water fights, white powder and constant celebration!
If you missed our Mekong Day 1 Post, check it out here