mountains and rivers

Just a quick post from Luang Prabang, Laos, before we go back to Thailand. Mike joined us yesterday after a harrowing few days of airline, baggage and hotel screw-ups. Luang Prabang is beautifully situated -- a sort of peninsula between two rivers -- and has lots of interesting old temples (we went on a trek to see some hidden forest temples today; I took lots of pictures). It's also kind of touristy, though, with one main street shut off to motor traffic every night for the local version of the Chiang Mai Night Bazaar -- with just about as many sellers and tourists! It's a bit chilly at night (nothing like the climate in Cambodia) and very atmospheric when you get away from the tourists, partly because of the wood smoke (from slash-and-burn agriculture) that infests the air.


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