“People Don’t Rush”

Tea time at the Amantaka

Friday, June 24th, the 12th day of our adventure.  With 4 countries and 6 hotels in 11 days already under our belts, Madeleine and I definitely needed a little rest.  As luck would have it, we were in the perfect place. The unofficial motto of Laos is “PDR,” “People Don’t Rush.” A few years ago the Mekong rose to a near-record level and flooded parts of Luang Prabang.  The locals chained their furniture together so it wouldn’t float away, ordered up cases of beer and had a huge party. This place is backpacker heaven, very laid-back.  There is a saying around Indochina that “the Vietnamese plant the rice, the Cambodians watch the rice, and the Lao dream of rice.”

Laotian Tuk-tuks

Confluence of Mekong and Khan rivers

We slept in, made no plans outside of a few spa treatments, took a bike ride through Luang Prabang, had a few Lao Beers, and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.  It was a great day to recharge our batteries.  Next up: India, the country Mark Twain called    “…the cradle of the human race, the birthplace of human speech, the mother of history, the grandmother of legend, and the great grand mother of tradition…”

Construction using bamboo scaffolding

Amantaka by luminaria with real candles

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About madhall14

Recent UVa grad. born & raised Texan. love traveling, anything Spanish, & Chipotle.
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One Response to “People Don’t Rush”

  1. Rachit Tiwary says:

    Great that you guys got rest. Coz India is gonna drive you nuts. Good rest beforehand is necessary. Caution: you are about to experience “too much” of everything. Food–>too spicy, desserts–>too sweet, climate –>too hot, people–>too many, colors –> too bright. the list goes on and on. Get ready 🙂

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