8 June 2010

Waterholes and Asiatic Bears

We spend our last day in Luang Prabang at the Kuang Si Waterfall and hire a Songtaew to get there.   We pick up a couple of backpackers on the way and P6070604renegotiate the price with the driver!  We now get to pay half of what we had originally negotiated…all quite ‘kosher’ here in Laos.

It is a beautiful park with waterfalls at different levels that end up in translucent blue water pools.

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The water is icy cold when you get in but still refreshing in the warmth of the day.  We had such a blast, walking from one level to another, sitting under the falls and swimming in the pools.

Intrepid Lao1-1 After lunch at one of the little local eating places we visit the Asiatic Bear Rehabilitation Centre.  I don’t recall ever having seen one of these bears before.   They have a very thick coat of black fur and what appears to be a mane around their faces.  They are rescued from the illegal trade in wildlife and seem to be thriving at this centre.

Tomorrow we will be on a slow boat on the Mekong and travel for 2 days to end up in Chiang Mai.  You may not hear from me for a couple of days.  I don’t think we will have access to WIFI on the Mekong…


Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.  Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.  ~Mark Twain

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