Land of a million elephants
Luang Prabang Travel Blog› entry 14 of 14 › view all entries
October 9th, 2008 – by: world2trek
the waterfalls near Luang Prabang are very scenenic, with milky tourquoise water flowing over round boulders and around trees growing out of the middle of the stream.
Kayaking on the Mekong was also very peaceful. even though it was 30 degree celsius under the sun, our tour guide La, is wearing long sleeve shirts and jeans inside his life jacket.
the only thing to describe Elephant mahout'ing is "primal". you can't get closer to nature than riding on the neck of an elephant, with nothing to hold onto, in the jungle. elephants are not very expressive and it is difficult to tell what is going on in their heads. my elephant did make a loud noise by blowing air out of her trunk when the little kids are bothering her.
there is nothing more fun than jumping off the head of an elephant into the Mekong. on command, the elephant would also dive under water and shake back and forth with me on the back, sort of Asian mechanic bull trick.
more photos at http://michaelzuo.zenfolio.com/p784765018
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