Water! – Mekong and Buddist New Year

Wow the last few days were so rich of events…could you even say that? “rich of” or “poor of” events? Anyhow you get the point, i crossed the Thai-Laos boarder, i slept i a dodgy guesthouse in a boarder town (Muang Ngoen…or something like this πŸ˜€ from Nan to Pakbeng)…had a amazing busride through the mountains of northern laos, saw a lot of burned hill sides, took a very old looking ferry over the Mekong and spend the night in Pakbeng…a very strange place.
I arrived around 2pm and the little town or big village was like a ghost town…almost nobody was around all the restaurants seemed pointless, as they were closed anyhow…but the boats arrived at 6 and it broke loose a massive change in the village.
It was a strange experience to see the 2 faces of such a touristic place.
But i can not say this often enough:
I can totally understand all the tourists, as i am one myself, because it is really beautiful! The only important thing is the mentality of the tourists. Do they try to adapt to the country they are in, or if they are bringing their own country with them.

The Next day i took a “slow” boat to Luang Prabang for the buddhist new year celebration.
The Mekong is amazingly beautiful…white sand beaches next to the river, lush jungle behind it and sparkles of bamboo huts that simmer through the leaves. And the traditional long fisher boats…WOW
The only downpoint is all the trash that floats in the middle…styrofoam, plastic, burned woods from all the forest fires (which i still haven’t decided if i can like them or not πŸ™‚ ) and other unidentifiable stuff…that makes me not take a bath on one of these beaches πŸ˜‰

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When we finally arrived after 7h sitting on the floor in the back (i don’t know what crazy voice in my head told me that i will be more relaxed in the back than on the comfortable seat i was sitting on first πŸ˜€ )
There was a big confusion, because instead of taking us to Luang Prabang they took us to a station about 5km before…obviously they had some kind of deal with the TukTuk drivers πŸ™‚ tss..
Ole decided to walk…after 5 minutes a i was able to hitchhike…sometimes you just have to take a dare.
While sitting on the back of the Pickup i had the first experience why the New Year here is called water festival πŸ˜€
My driver stopped at every place on the street with people standing and the soaked me completely πŸ˜€
It was such a nice and liberating feeling. Everybody was smiling and dancing on the street…and it still continues…loud musik everywhere, lots of beer, water and foodcolor πŸ˜€ but please, see for yourself πŸ˜‰

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I decided not to write anything about my plans anymore, because everytime i do that, something happens, that makes me change them completely! πŸ˜€ Which is not necessarily a bad thing…
“If you want to make destiny laugh, tell it your plans”

So Long Ole

p.s. i am so sorry for the felt 100pictures, but i just could not decide which one i did not want to share with you πŸ™‚

p.p.s. As always, thank you for reading, and please feel free to comment and ask crazy questions, i don’t bite (at least not if i don’t know you that well πŸ˜‰ )


3 thoughts on “Water! – Mekong and Buddist New Year

  1. Hey, first of all:
    it seems like a really nive time for you.
    don’t feel sorry for all the pictures πŸ˜‰ that are the ones which are making your blog more interesting and descriptive.
    just what a pitty for me, that your journey takes so long. so you can’t meet me in mexico 😦
    but i wish you only the best &

  2. Good to see that you make it to Luang Prabang. Remember what i said in Nan, traveling in Laos is at slow motion πŸ˜‰
    Anyway,it was a pleasure to meet you, happy traveling,and take care of your karma, man. Hahahah.
    Best wishes: Santtu

  3. me too, i like your blog too – over and over again! you know it! and this time itΒ΄s especilally crazy! it seems people in laos is able to celebrate /to have partys very much, more than other people? probably not only at buddhist new year? and you right in the middle of it – with many faces! great! crazy! but the comments and pics about other things are very interesting too.
    even though you decided not to write anything about your plans…. iΒ΄m interested in your next steps. of course you can change your plans so often you want; whom should it disturbe? the most important thing is, that you are happy! and healthy!
    in this sense: have fun – wherever, but take care of yourself!
    again greetings from many of our friends and evry time from MP and Ulli ; Antoine alreday moved.

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