We made our way from Chiang Khong over the Mekong River into Laos. It was a fairly pain-free border crossing. Besides the walk from our hostel to the crossing (probably should have bitten the bullet and taken a tuk-tuk) and sweating through our clothes before 8am! Once we got through "customs" (aka a booth with a thai man sitting in it, stamping passports) we took the short ferry ride across to Laos!
We went through customs on the Laos side, paid for our visas (ouch! $52!) and took a tuk tuk over to the slow boat launch.
But not before we saw this! A bottle of Laos whiskey with a scorpion in it! Thats one thing that will NOT find its way into my bag!
The boat launch in Huay Xai!
The first day we spent 5 hours on the boat. It was peaceful with beautiful scenery!
As we were docking in Pak Beng, we had a small run-in with a bigger boat! Oops, but no harm done!
We spent the night in Pak Beng. The accommodations were...primitive, but it was a bed, so we were happy!
Day 2 on the boat was much of the same! Beautiful scenery, seeing locals work on the river and we even saw some elephants! (I didn't get a picture though, I was too excited!)
We arrived in Luang Prabang in the evening and found a nice guesthouse (beside the whole rat story..) and grabbed food and walked around the market! They have a wonderful market here, filled with colourful handmade goods! If only I had room in my bag!
So that was our journey into Laos! We are loving the laid-back attitude, the peace and quiet at night (again, besides the rat...) and the local food!