What follows is our top 10 + 1 list of experiences in chronologic order:
1. Slow boat down Mekong River
We spent two days travelling on the Mekong River from the northern Thai-Laos border to Luang Prabang. Simplicity of life on the River was evident by a family of gold pandling peasants and school age porters.
2. Elephant ride Luang Prabang
Luang Prabang had great food and a wonderful night market but our highlight here was definitely the elephant excursion.
3. Loatian people, homestay in Laos
The Loatian people always had wonderful smiles and were placid. We stayed in a remote village which we reached by going down river in a boat made from old American B-52 fuel cylinders.
4. Boat Halong Bay
Our night on Halong Bay, a Unesco site, included private onboard cabins, gourmet food, caves and kayaking.