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July 16, 2012 Posted by Bert in Laos, Travel

Riverboat Ride in Laos

The day was hot, but the breeze cooled us as we traveled along the river in a longboat.
July 13, 2012 Posted by Bert in Laos, Travel

A Moment's Reflection

Audrey pauses as reflects as she gazes out the window at the glass mosaic at Wat Xieng Thong temple wall in Laos.
July 12, 2012 Posted by Bert in Laos, Travel

Bathe with elephants

Today, we took a boat up the Mekong River to see some native villages, view a riverside cave of 4,000 Buddhas, and then play with elephants. We got to meet four elephants including an adorable "little" three year old. First, we took a ride on a wooden chair strapped to the elephants' back and rode briefly along an open pathway before heading into the jungle. Uphill wasn't bad, but we tended to slide out of the chair a bit while going back downhill so that was a challenge. Then got to bathe the elephants in the river which was a blast! You could mount the large female elephant and then jump off her back and into the river - this takes the cake for the most unusual diving board I've ever used. The elephants would sometimes spray us which was delightfully refreshing. The baby elephant also seemed to invent a little game where she'd go underwater, creep forward, and then pop up quite close to you. What fun!