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The Slow Boat Experience to Luang Prabang.

Written on: Thursday July 26th, 2007

A journal entry from: South East Asia

After the Gibbons Experience we took the slow boat down the river from Huay Xai to Luang Prabang.  Emphasis on slow.  It took two days to get their, meaning we had to stop in a village in between, on the river, that had all the generators go out at 11pm till 11am. This therefore meaning no power. 

The second day we ended up sitting on make shift wooden benches for a good 8 hours.  Their were good sights along the way, but their is little chance I would willingly get shoved in that small boat for that long again.  It was more of a tourist trap then anything for me.  People have raved about the slow boat, of course it depends on what you are looking for.

Landing in Luang Prabang, I was a bit surprising all the french influence in the architecture and even culture. French colonial feel everywhere, and even cafes lining the streets.  Pretty decent night market with local arts and crafts.  Picked up a few paintings and some necklaces.  Their were also some pretty amazing sites, including breath taking Wats, great views of the river and an overall feel good atmosphere.

We did two nights there, then we jumped the bus to Vang Vieng.