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Aug
04

Two Days From Vacation To Cremation

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Life can undergo a huge alteration in the most unexpected of places but the long term horizon always looks the same

For the last five years, at least, my wife has spoken about us visiting the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Luang Prabang in northern Laos. Although I’d returned to Laos a half dozen times on visa runs since officially moving to Thailand, I’d never made it back up to this Communist peoples’ republic’s tiny cultural showpiece in the north since my first visit there in 2005. My wife finally committed, selected a quaint well regarded hotel on the less popular side of the Nam Khan River, and during the third week of June, we caught an economical 90-minute flight out of Bangkok.

She made her objectives quite clear: she wanted to do nothing over our three-night stay. I put up no argument. I had explored the town’s temples, the nearby waterfalls, and the scenic Mekong River during that initial 2005 visit. During the humid afternoons, we’d pedal our way to the town center on bicycles the hotel provided, to visit a Western café for organic coffees and French-style pastries or get a massage, then return to the hotel to lounge in the pool with a couple of Beer Laos. In the evening, we’d ride the hotel’s rickety longboat back across the river for happy hour and dinner.

This R & R proceeded, without event for our entire stay. On our final night, we went to bed late after a superb Lao fusion dinner. We had nothing to get up early for. We could avail ourselves of our hotel’s fantastic breakfast until noon, and our flight back to Bangkok was at 4:45 PM. With June being the extreme low season and no other guests at the hotel, the staff graciously allowed us to check out at 3:15 PM for no extra charge before we caught our shuttle to the airport only a couple of kilometers away.

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