We took a two day slow boat from Chiang Kong, Thailand to Luang Prabang, Laos. It was stunning. So stunning that I only snapped one quick photo in the beginning, as seen above. My traveling companions took plenty, however. I couldn’t be bothered.
Both days were about eight hours spent on the water. In between, we stayed on Pak Beng where we indulged in our first Lao dish, Laab. I have eaten it atleast once a day, every day since. It is a minced meat dish ( in my case, tofu or fish) with chilis, mint, and is otherwise indescribable. As I write this, it is our last night in Laos and we will depart to Cambodia in the morning. This means I’ve already eaten my last Laab and am crying all over the screen.
Anyway, on the boat we made a group of four other traveling companions. In the second photo is our friend from Argentina with the four of us. ( i stole this photo from him) We also adventured with a German, Australian and English backpacker. We didn’t know it at the time, but wed travel for over a week with this group, whose weirdness was only matched by our own.
We talked, played games, laughed so hard we cried, oohed, aaahhed, introduced weird American food to our friends (carrots with peanut butter! So delicious), and tried to sleep in awkward positions. And everyone but me took photos.