Sailing in Halong Bay on the Ginger  What an extraordinary experience this was!    A day and a half of utter luxury with beauty all around.  How can you beat that?    This trip lasted 24 hours and it was…

Todays main activity was our visit to the Can Cau Flower market way up high in the mountains.  This market only happens on Saturday.   It’s a major event.  The local folks all make their way to this market to…

First stop of the day was to the museum of Dien Bien Phu.   This battle was fought for 55 days in 1954 and essentially ended the French colonization  of Vietnam.    So the French were supported by the US…

  We have left Laos and are now in Vietnam.    It took us longer than planned to reach the border (lots of chickens in the middle of the road – not to mention dogs and children – and many…

We were up early today to watch the morning giving of alms procession    The monks get up very early each morning to pray.   Maybe 4:00.    Then around six o’clock, they walk through the streets of town –…

Sabaidee     As in good morning or hello This morning began with an amazing breakfast here at the hotel!   Amazing food!    Fresh fruit cup   Good coffee   Pancakes served with Lao maple syrup (as in honey!)…

Cup chai lai lai.   As in thank you very much.  😀 We headed off from the hotel around 8:30.   Four to five hour ride from VangVieng to LuanProban.  This is up in the high mountains and the roads…