I previously wrote about our journey to Luang Prabang on the slowboat. If only arriving in every city could be this breathtaking! Every little thing about this Laotian city captivated me from the moment we pulled into port.
The restaurants were one of the highlights of this quiet little town for me. Everything is lit by lanterns and Christmas lights. We joked the first night that things that might be a little tacky in the States are somehow completely charming here.
You can really only see so many temples and shrines before they start to run together a little bit… But for some reason, I still can’t keep myself from taking tons of pictures of them.
After walking along the river and checking out the temples, we ran into some of the friends we made on the slowboat. All 9 of us intended to check out Kuang Si Falls, which is one of the more famous waterfalls on the backpacking route in Southeast Asia, so we decided to book a van together and head that way. The water was almost phosphorescent. I’m usually very hesitant when I know the water is going to be cold… but there was no way I could stay out of this light blue, glowing water.
As soon as the sun starts setting- go check out the night market. It kills me that I can’t squeeze much more into my backpack, and shipping to the states hasn’t been an option, because the streets are lined with all kinds of handmade novelties, clothing and jewelry. We’ve seen night markets in every place we have been, but this one blew the rest out of the water.
In 2013, I quit my job and bought a one-way ticket to Thailand. After four months of backpacking I returned to the States and fell in love with a guy whose job sent us straight back to Asia. Nothing has gone according to plan... and it's been absolutely magical.