Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! It has been a long time since I last posted and I wanted to catch you up on my travels. We left India just after Christmas. Our first stop was Thailand. We spent only one day in the capital Bangkok, which was very busy, and then we took an overnight train to Chiang Mai, which was calmer and more rural. One of the best things we did there was climb up a limestone waterfall called “The Sticky Falls.” We went there with another traveling family from the USA; I made a new friend named Maddie Church, a fifth grader, from Pennsylvania. Here we are climbing the falls and posing for the camera with our brothers
Here we are at the bottom of the falls. They felt like a refreshing shower. Our next stop was Laos (AKA the Lao People’s Democratic Republic). It was one of my favorite countries on our whole trip. It has a beautiful landscape, an ancient culture and the people are so nice! We spent a month there, and visited a lot of temples, especially in the amazing city of Luang Prabang. We also spent a lot of time outdoors in nature. We visited some beautiful waterfalls there too. This one is called Kuang Si waterfalls. We hiked to the top.
We also did a very difficult hike near the village of Nom Khiew to a fantastic lookout point. From there we took a treacherous 8 hour bus ride to Vang Vieng, a town which is known for its nature. We met another traveling family, the Morgans, from New Zealand, and had lots of fun together. We went kayaking on this river and I rode a zipline over it. Later, we explored some enormous and fascinating caves. We spent almost an hour in this cave near a place called the Blue Lagoon.
I am doing some research on limestone caves—their history (they are millions of years old) and humans’ interaction with them. Now we are in Vietnam. I will post about this country in a couple of weeks. For now, I bid you farewell. Sincerely, Esme