After leaving Luang Prabang, we continued our spring break trip and headed into Southern Laos. Kind of in the middle of nowhere, Southern Laos is home to malaria-infected mosquitoes as well as some beautiful temples, waterfalls and fresh water dolphins! The airport was very small.
For three days Anna’s diet in Southern Laos consisted of bread and french fries. She was happy to find some Lao ketchup that tasted pretty good.
The first stop was the ruins of a very old temple called Vat Phou. The surviving structures date from the 11th century, although the place was used as a temple even before that. We walked up a long stone path and reached some super steep stairs and made a final climb up to the temple.
Walk inside the temple with your friendly guide, Anna Goldberg:
That evening to get to our hotel, which was about 3 hours away, we took a makeshift ferry boat ride to cross over the Mekong River. The ferry boat was really just three boats in a row with logs and boards cobbled together on top, upon which we drove our van and stood. Matthew’s leg accidentally slipped into a hole between the boards, but thankfully he only got a couple of scrapes!
We spent a lot of time on boats on the river and enjoying nature in Southern Laos.
Then we headed back to the airport for our final destination: Cambodia. More on that coming up….