Our first stop in Laos was the beautiful city in the north called Luang Prabang. After the journey from Chiang Mai, Meggan and I were ready to do something active.
Our first full day in Laos we hiked through a few villages and to a waterfall. It was such a great feeling to be in a more remote location away from honking horns and exhaust. Although seeing the natural surroundings of Laos was amazing, the people we met made our day.
The Kuang Xi waterfall was our destination, but getting there was the best part. We had a leisurely walk on the winding dirt roads and paths through lush jungles and agricultural communities. Trying to communicate with the locals and playing with the kids along the way was really fun.
We could not believe how incredibly friendly and welcoming the people were. We had kids showing us their chickens and roosters, men touring us around their villages and woman handing Meggan their babies to hold… I had to check Meggan's bag after each village to make sure we didn't acquire a cute little baby.
I can see after a long hike in the hot and humid jungle, the Kuang Xi waterfall is a welcoming sight. Unfortunately, on the day we hiked there it was really cold, you can see how bundled up the kids are.
It probably wasn't that cold, but I think we've lost our cold tolerance during our trip (oh oh, better get ski boot heaters). We didn't get the full effect of the waterfall by not swimming, but it was certainly beautiful to look at. The aqua blue water bounces down the limestone cliffs to settle into natural pools making for a postcard perfect place, if you ask us.
Our first experience in Laos was a great one and we have much more to come!