Monday, November 28, 2016
Slow Boat with a baby
When deciding which cities to visit in Laos, we were faced with the dilemma of how to actually get to them. Flying within Laos is quite expensive, as there is only one domestic airline; and bus trips are very long.
One popular way to travel up to Luang Prabang, in Northern Laos, is by taking a two day slow boat from the border town of Huay Xai.' Two day slow boat' does not exactly sound very fun, especially with a baby in tow, however I have to say the experience totally overcame my expectations.
To start with, it is not two days of continuously sitting on a very slow boat, as the journey is broken up into two 5-7 hour days. We stopped overnight in Pak Beng after the first day of traveling, and found a place to stay easily, despite not having a booking.
The scenery along the Mekong river was just stunning, and as we made multiple stops along the way, either to deliver or pick up goods, we were able to see more of rural Laotian life.
Charlotte was so good on both days, and she had lots of people giving her attention and playing with her. It was a bit difficult to get her to nap on the boat, but she did really well despite it all. Above is a picture of her having a nap in her daddy's arms on day one of the slow boat.
Overall, I really enjoyed taking 'the long route', and it was really quite a good way to see the country, which you could never do in an overnight bus or a flight.
It's all about the journey, right?
Thanks for reading,