We just got back from an incredible trip into Laos. We took a short flight from Bangkok to Nakon Phanom, Thailand then crossed the boarder over the Maekong River by car. Jason was here last October but I knew little of this country with just 6 million people. But let me just tell you it is beautiful and sunny- two things this city family loved. It was also nice to be off the beaten tourist path.
Laos was colonized by the French and the town of Thakek where we stayed still reflects some of the influence (including fresh french bread, yum)
We stayed with some friends who work in Laos and they were amazing, generous hosts.
We took an overnight trip with our friends near the Vietnam border. Along the way we stopped at villages and got to see the water filters at work that Craig sells.
Behind me are the bungalows where we stayed. Very rustic- but only $6 a night.
Laos has lots of caves in its many limestone formations. The kids got to play in this one and Jason had some fun of his own goofing off on this tightrope.