Saturday, March 5, 2011
The next day we did a day trip out to the Elephant Nature Park, about an hour out of town. It is a place for rescued and abused elephants. We got to feed them, bath them learn about them and their past and also watched a very disturbing but interesting documentary on how they break the elephant's spirit so people are able to ride them. Was a horrible thing to watch and we strongly recommend that you don't encourage this tourism practice. If you were to watch this video you would never ride an elephant again.
Was a highlight of our trip and was an emotional day full of amazing highs and some sad lows but a thoroughly enjoyable experience.
When we got back to town that night it was about 6:00pm and we were told that it was Sunday night markets on Walking street. They close off the whole street and have the most amazing stalls of crafts and food and local traditional music playing all around you and the atmosphere is fantastic! We stumbled onto a 4 pieces band all of which were blind, they're music sounded amazing and we were in awe of their talent.
Our next stop was Luang Prabang, we asked around to see how long it would take overland and we found out i was a day but bus and two days by boat. We really didn't have the time to waste on 3 days travelling so we decided to fly. Was expensive but suited our situation at the time.