I just spent two weeks in Laos traveling and trekking through the north. The first part of the journey took me to the Northern province of Lamna Tha - a small town near the border of China. We went on a three day trek to two different villages with our guide, Panca. The first village we visited was only first introduced to Westerners in October 2008. We were one of the very few people who were lucky enough to experience and stay with a family in their home. It was the most remarkable experience of my life...
We continued on by making the 12 hour journey (on barley paved roads) to Laung Prabang in the middle of the country. Laos was originally colonized by the French so the archetectural influence and cusine was incrediable! I felt as though we had been transported to the south of France for 3 nights (the other factor was the overwhelming amount of French people also touring in the area).
We finished up in Vientiane (the capitol) and grabbed the bus back to Bangkok. An amazing journey!
bangkok, kanchanaburi, lopburi
Wat Po is located in bangkok close to the grand palace and has the largest reclining Buddha ever! It's so magnificent and powerful to see. It is easily my favorite Wat in town.
The Grand Palace in Bangkok - absolutely incredible.
We had almost 2 weeks off for Christmas Break and we spent it relaxing on Koh Tao - an island in south eastern part of Thailand. The island is well known for it's diving and snorkeling. beautiful scenery...
Last weekend we went over to a province west of Bangkok called Kanchancaburi. It lies on the Burma/Myanmar border and was absolutly beautiful! We went hiking through waterfalls on Saturday at Erwan falls, did some cave adventuring, and then finished off with a historical tour of Hellfire pass and the Bridge of River Kwai...
all in all a great weekend out of the city!
Here is a look around the school... It's pretty big and beautiful! We have about 4,000 students attend grades Kindergarten through 8th grade.
Here are a couple photos so far... my street, apartment view, tuktuk's, and the little ones!