PRABANG The travel agent in the capital welcomed me to peak tourist
season (Spring Break). She couldn't promise me any flights at
all. Why hadn't I booked ahead? Well, it never occurred
to me that it would be necessary in Laos! But, I got
my flight after a day of waiting.
Luang Prabang had nice hotels, electricity, temples, and waterfalls.
It was considered safer to fly to destinations in Laos rather than
go by land. But, it felt like going with "Take a
Chance Airline". It was hot when we entered the plane.
Soon after we took off, I hoped what was the air-conditioning began.
Smoke came out of the ventilators and filled the entire cabin.
Visibility was poor and I was scared -- but everyone else was calm.
I tried to do the same.
I thought Vientiene
was quiet until I saw Luang Prabang. However, plans were in
the works to convert this sleepy little French town on the Mekong
River into a major tourist destination. Get there while it is
I teamed up with a
few other tourists to visit the Pac Ou Caves. The river trip
to the caves was beautiful. This place was sort of lost in time.
It could have been a boat trip hundreds of years ago because there
was almost no development along the river. The actual caves
with a zillion Buddhas wasn't as grand as the trip.