monsoon coming in on the river. yes, we got soaked about 3 minutes later.
i'm not really sure why the river is so brown...
despite her misgivings about the sport, kelly's birthday celebration ended up at the bowling alley...the only place in luang prabang open after 11:30pm
but then our guesthouse was locked so we had to climb over the gate to get back in
we rode bikes to a village known for weaving. the lao people make beautiful scarves and tapestries out of hand-died silks
i really enjoyed this whole scenario...the girl in the wheelbarrow was not so pleased.
temple at night
the night market in luang prabang is HUGE
we took a boat ride on the mekong river. beautiful!
trying on hats in the night market. photo by kelly
they were shaving his head...
a sweet old man playing a sweet lao instrument
beth bargaining in the sand
nagas! the river serpent that serves as protector in lao buddhism.
this is how they make lao lao, a lao "whiskey"
it's distilled from fermented sticky rice
beth on the boat
our final destination for the boat ride is the cave just ahead
the cave is filled with buddhas
i really like this lao style buddha
we finally figured out who this lady is...she's wringing out her hair to bring a flood to protect the meditating buddha.