I am not even really sure how we spent all those days there. We started off slow, just walking around the city and getting a feel for it. It rained the first few nights, which also slowed us down as we were hesitant to plan a big outing if the weather was going to turn on us. We managed to get out and do some things including Tat Kuang Si, a beautiful waterfall 32 km outside of town. We also climbed Phu Si, the large hill in the middle of the town that is scattered with beautiful temples, Buddhas, and a "Buddha footprint." We took a memorable boat trip up to Pak Ou caves. The scenery along the Mekong was beautiful, the cave was much less so. But totally worth the trip as a way to get out of town and enjoy the scenery, especially with a toddler. Ad we got up early to see hundreds of monks clad in their bright crimson robes collecting alms.
|After our boat ride on the Mekong.|
As we climbed onto our chair on top of Mae San, our 38 year old female elephant, Simon was a bit hesitant but once he realized both Mama and Pappa were getting on, he was excited too. The whole family was safely aboard, riding the elephant along with her mahout (trainer) down a steep hill and into the river. It was a relatively smooth ride, I guess because elephants are so large it was sort of a gentle sway rather than a bounce. So when the mahout asked if we wanted to ride her bareback on the neck, I just couldn't pass it up.
Next we took a boat ride up the river to Tat Sae, another beautiful waterfall. Simon splashed around and jumped from a small rock into the beautiful blue water. He cheered Pappa on as he jumped about 2 meters from a cascading waterfall. It was his first cliff jump ever! I flew in on a rope swing. Fun!
|Martin's splash after his big jump.|
|Simon had a personal screening of The Lion King.|
Next stop Vang Vieng!