After finishing up three semesters of teaching English in Thailand, Laos was the first stop on our three month journey through Asia. We spent two days on a slow boat chugging down the Mekong river into Laos from Northern Thailand. The boat was an excellent way to relax and enjoy the scenery, but it wasn’t honestly always a pretty sight. Life is dirt cheap in Laos, and corruption is a vaguely discussed but a seriously impending issue. I remember seeing one dead and very bloated cat floating down the river alongside our very long boat. It was a moment of awareness, a glimpse into the darker underbelly of the country yet to be overrun by tourists.
The rugged Laotian landscape juts out behind old French buildings and local fishing boats and the small hillside towns illustrate the simple way of living. The rivers and mountains running through Laos invite and incite the adventurer within. We kayaked, motorbiked, zip-lined and tubed our way from Northern Laos down to the capital of Vientienne. Getting from A to B provided a few comical challenges not excluding one incident involving motion sickness after hours on its many winding, unpaved roads.