Luang Prabang, water three ways

Brief post, more to come

1 Crossing water

The bamboo bridges in Laos are temporary structures for a good reason. The water here, for instance, will be 15′ higher when the rainy season gets underway. Then the bridges wash away and they’ll rebuild them months later
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A monk crosses
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Then me
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Sketchy, beautiful
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2 Falling water

Took a tuk tuk out of town one day
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On the way we stopped at a butterfly farm
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Hard to photograph
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This is our destination. We walk up the river
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To the Kuang Si falls. Hard to see from the pic, but they’re 200′ tall. Worth the visit
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3 Up water

Up the Mekong to the Pak Ou caves. What a treat
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I was disappointed to find out the lovely boats for the 2 hour ride up the Mekong sat about 10 people. I really didn’t want to spend all day with a crowd. So I sprung 350,000 Laos ($42 US) for a private boat. A huge amount here, but the alternative was hell
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The benefits
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Open air. Spot the Reefs
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Happy
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It looks like farming moves onto the river flats at this time of year. Lots of activity: crops, cattle, fishing
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A fellow rows two sleeping friends downstream on a bamboo raft
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We pull up at one of those tourist traps specifically set up for farangs (whites)
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Distilled hooch. Poisonous snakes and scorpions inside. The King Cobra is all over the place here, plus the feared green tree snake and two sorts of viper. I don’t buy one but I have a sip of a cobra sample. Not bad
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Only one patch of rapids on the river
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Approaching limestone crags, we didn’t know lots more of this was a few days ahead
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Two hours later, this
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It’s the cave
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Pull up to a float
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Up the steps
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The cave entrance
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I did a little Googling and couldn’t find out how old this is
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Hundreds of Buddhas anywhere they can be rested
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Looking out
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Up some more steps
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A long way, man
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To a second cave
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Inside
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Then back to my private launch, yay
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A bee colony high in the trees, that white dot
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Flashes of monk-orange
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Back at dusk. Just perfect
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This was on the Napo in the Ecuadorian Amazon, similar
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