Adventure, Asia, Bucket Lists, The Kingdom of Laos

Laos + Elephant + Jungle = Fun

Peaceful village life

When I left Korea after my first teaching contract, I went on a quick fire tour of South East Asia…well, why not? As well as Singapore, Indonesia and a sneaky month in Australia to spend Xmas with my brother, I also wanted to visit 3 countries that had thus far eluded me; Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos. If you’ve ever been to the first two yourself, you’ll know how amazing they are. So after a couple of weeks backpacking around each, by the time I got to Laos I had only 2 days left before my flight out of Bangkok, and Asia, departed. With such a short time remaining, all spent in the northern city of Luang Prabang, I had to prioritize. I think it’s fair to say that riding an elephant is on many people’s bucket list, and it was definitely on mine. So along with a little bit of exploring around that oh so quaint and peaceful UNESCO World Heritage Site, I booked a few hours trek on the back of my magnificent elephant, and headed out into the jungle. The terrain was stunning, as trees in fifty shades of green rose gently on the surrounding hills. Dusky mountain peaks demanded further exploration, and let me know that I was sure to return to such a beautiful landscape. But for now I was more than happy with my few hours in lovely Laos.

I hope you enjoy the photos, and many apologies for the lack of elephant images.

What animals do you want to trek on for your bucket list?

Colour in the marketBuddhist monks in Luang PrabangFisherman repairing his boatBeautiful carvings in Wat Xieng Thong

Stunning architectureSunset over the MekongThe NomadWashing, local style

The couple in front led the chargeMy ride in the jungleTo drink or to wash?

All images by Steve, except the one he’s in. Kind thanks to the people on the elephant in front of me. You don’t know it, but you’re now famous.

Bio- Steve is the epitome of a Twenty First Century Nomad, and is currently braving parasites and political tension in north east India while chasing the Darjeeling Express into the Himalayas.

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4 thoughts on “Laos + Elephant + Jungle = Fun

  1. Melanie says:

    I rode an elephant in Bali-truly an amazing experience!

    1. Steven Moore says:

      Yeah, great fun wherever you are. I love Bali, and have a big birthday bash lined up in January…might invite an elephant. Thanks for the comment.

  2. Heather says:

    Laos is beautiful! I hope you have more time to spend for the next visit, maybe explorin those mountain peaks. 🙂

    1. Steven Moore says:

      Yeah, very beautiful and Luang Prabang is such a cool chilled out town. More time next time for sure. Thanks for stopping by.

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