Refugees, snakes, and muay thai -- our last day in Bangkok was a doozy.

Bangkok

Bangkok

Bangkok

Bangkok

Bangkok

Bangkok

Bangkok

Bangkok

Bangkok

Bangkok

Bangkok

Bangkok

Bangkok

Bangkok

Bangkok

Bangkok

Bangkok

Bangkok

Bangkok

Bangkok

Bangkok

We returned to Vientiane for one more day, again passing through to take the overnight train back to Bangkok.

We escaped the heat in the town market, which turned out to be a mall and also turned out to have stores selling DVDs of Korean pop star performances.

Go hallyu!

Vientiane

Vientiane

Vientiane

Vientiane

Vientiane

Vientiane

Vientiane

Vientiane

Vientiane

Vientiane

Vang Vieng surprised us. Other travelers were more blasé, declaring it prettier up North, but we thought Vang Vieng was the bees knees anyhow.

And yes, we rode the inner tubes down the river.

Vang Vieng

Vang Vieng

Vang Vieng

Vang Vieng

Vang Vieng

Vang Vieng

Vang Vieng

Vang Vieng

Vang Vieng

From Luang Prabang we took a bus to Vang Vieng. It wound through the mountains passing many villages. I tried to take pictures of the locals from the moving vehicle, wondering about them, and wondering what they thought of us, too.

En route to Vang Vieng

En route to Vang Vieng

En route to Vang Vieng

En route to Vang Vieng

En route to Vang Vieng

En route to Vang Vieng

En route to Vang Vieng

En route to Vang Vieng

We took a boat along the Mekong to a cave housing many Buddha sculptures, waded along the edge of a waterfall, and visited a Hmong village. A Korean was part of the group, and he demonstrated his instant camera to some of the Hmong children.

Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang Pak Ou Cave

Luang Prabang Pak Ou Cave

Luang Prabang Pak Ou Cave

Luang Prabang Pak Ou Cave

Waterfall near Luang Prabang

Waterfall near Luang Prabang

Waterfall near Luang Prabang

Waterfall near Luang Prabang

Hmong Village near Luang Prabang

Hmong Village near Luang Prabang

Hmong Village near Luang Prabang

Hmong Village near Luang Prabang

Hmong Village near Luang Prabang

Hmong Village near Luang Prabang

Hmong Village near Luang Prabang

Hmong Village near Luang Prabang

Hmong Village near Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang