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March Sunset Bike Ride through Luang Prabang 🚲

The town isn’t that big, but I don’t like walking around when it’s hot. Most people like to come out at sunset to socialize, ride bikes, play football, take pictures, or just walk around and enjoy the beautiful sites. I took all of these videos today using my Samsung Phone and edited them with the free Android App, Movie Maker. Maybe they changed their app name to Best Movie since that’s the watermark they added to the video. The free version only lets you share videos at 720p. Lao New Year is only a month away. There will be many people wearing traditional clothing, drinking beer, and splashing water on each other. I’ll most likely get a swim in the river and some video like last year. If you visit here, I recommend renting a bicycle if you only plan to stay in town. I’ve seen too many tourists wreck their bikes, have them stolen, or get shaken down by the cops to recommend renting one. I’ve never seen anyone get in trouble for riding a bicycle. Thanks for checking out my video today. I hope you enjoyed it. Have a happy March!

Wednesday walk around LPQ with my friends…

The flowers are starting to come out in Luang Prabang now. It’s been a ghost town all year and I feel lucky to be one of the few tourists to be here now. There are the random flights out at three times the price and nothing coming in. Things are natural and peaceful here, but I feel bad for the many who rely on tourism which should be booming this time of year.

It was hot for so long then it seemed to rain heavily everyday all day, but now the cool weather is here. I sometimes get the chills at night and no longer need a fan or air conditioning.

I have many great memories here and plan to have more, but this place is holy and has ancient historic energy a thousand times over my soul has seen. Kings were crowned here. Battles went down. Many good and bad things have happened on this site. If you’ve visited, you would remember the deep dream like spiritual feeling too.

Speaking of otherworldliness, look at what my buddy does to scare away evil spirits from his home!

Here’s how I roll. As a kid who was always scared of the dark, I needed a demon scarier than all the rest. You have to understand that many people around the world have NEVER heard, seen, or cared about Star Wars before, but after you show them what The Dark Lord of the Sith can do on YouTube, they fear this mini gargoyle ghost repellent, besides, we know who to call!

I was worried about him because he’d been in a crash and we heard he had a lot of breaks, but he wasn’t that bad. I tried to relax on this hammock…

Drink some is this NOT Jim Beam local moonshine that might as well be paint thinner. If you want to prove you’re a real man and drink lots of this hundred proof cocktail from hell, be my guest…

But one friend kept complaining about the noise and the other kept complaining about all the construction violations they’d be committing if this were Canada. It reminded me of when we did construction as punishment in the military, but loved it. How many red flags do you see?

Thank you for witnessing this once in a lifetime opportunity to be here now with me today. Have you been here before? Please share in the comments…

Sunset in EDEN: Kuang Si Waterfall in Luang Prabang, LAOS

Luang Prabang truly is a magical place. It feels like it’s Christmas every day here. When I was a kid in Catholic school, I remember reading about The Garden of Eden. I imagine it was here, or someplace similar.

Toe Nibblers

I came here with my Dutch friend Frank. He is 53, but way more energetic and fit than I’ve ever been. He had a stroke when he was 32, but is doing very well now. He is a Muay Thai fighter, so he knows how to overcome things like a warrior.

We used his iPhone 7 to take these at about 14:30. I’ve taken great shots and even video here with an iPhone 5 with good sun. Frank said people want to see the natural wonder of Kuang Si Waterfall, not two old white guys hitting on Chinese ladies and our selfies. I agree.

We went for a dive from the big tree with the sign warning NOT to jump in. It’s 9 feet deep, so you can dive in. I would just suggest arching up to surface or jumping in feet first.

If you stay still for longer than three seconds, little fish will come and nibble at your toes.

Layers

You’ll see the bears after paying the three dollar entrance fee. People hunt them, so they need help protecting them. They are very shy and hard to get on camera.

The hike up to the waterfall isn’t arduous. You’ll think you’ve arrived at the best spot, but it keeps showing you it’s many levels of natural beauty.

If you hike up ALL the way to the top, you’ll find a cool swing to show off on. No one seems capable of getting on it, so they’ll take pictures of you or try to do the same. It’s funny either way.

Sun Ray

Southeast Asia has some spectacular islands. In a way, Luang Prabang is one of them. Rather than being surrounded by ocean, it’s an island surrounded by beautiful and farmable mountainous jungle.

I almost deleted this shot because of the sun ray, but I think it looks like a blessing of light.

Farm

It’s about an hour drive from town so we started heading back. Farmers don’t rely on automation or chemicals here like in the west. This makes the food taste good. Organic food is one reason why people here look healthy and happy.

Mekong Sunset

We made it back to town in time to see this. Thank you for exploring beautiful Luang Prabang, or my nickname for it, The Garden of Eden, today. Just don’t eat any apples from The Tree of Life!