With only one day in Luang Prabang, we had a lot to fit in! We started the day with a visit to All Lao Elephant Park where we spent an hour trekking through dense jungle atop the gentle giants. Mine was the baby of the 14 elephants cared for there – only 13 years old. My guide said his name was Beer Lao but I have a feeling he may go by a different name. Either way, he enjoyed the bananas we fed him and we set off for the Kuang Si waterfalls.
On the way, we stopped at a beautiful pagoda where all Lao monks go once they’ve finished their exams for 10 days of meditation. After a bit of lunch, we arrived at the falls which were both stunning and quite refreshing. To round out our animal-friendly day, we stopped off at the nearby bear rescue center where Asiatic bears are being taken to avoid poachers.
The next morning, I rose early to witness a true highlight of my time in Laos: the daily practice of tak bat, when the people of Luang Prabang offer food to the hundreds of monks who make their way silently through the city in single file lines. It was such a peaceful way to begin the day, which led to a boat ride down the Mekong…