A-luang for the ride

Laos, Luang Prabang
Get it? It’s a pun. Like “along” but “aluang?” No? Ok.

My friends and I take wobbly bikes through the sleepy Laos town of Luang Pabang.

July 2015


One of the best parts of our visit to Luang Prabang was renting bicycles on which to explore the town.

It was only a couple of dollars to rent a bicycle for an entire day. One of us had to leave a passport with the bicycle guy, but other than that, it was a stress-free transaction.

The bikes we received were wobbly, with less-than reliable breaks. I am personally not a very confident cyclest, and it was pretty stressful adjusting to the fact that we were about to bike through busy streets without helmets.

However, after a few minutes of getting used to the wobble and keeping up with my friends, the experience turned from stressful to wonderful.

A light sprinkling fell on us, and sunlight streamed through rainy clouds.

A rainbow appeared, and I had one of those rare but unforgettable, “life is beautiful” moments.

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A double rainbow appears as we bike through Luang Prabang

After spending over a month in the sweltering heat of Southeast Asia, the breeze on our faces felt amazing as we zipped through the town.

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Sleepy streets of Luang Prabang

We stopped at the Mekong for a bit and watched boats drift by. A hauntingly beautiful voice could be heard singing from the other side of the river.

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The Mekong river in Luang Prabang

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Gorgeous jungle scenery at the edge of the Mekong

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Bridges, Boats, and Mountains

We stopped at Wat Xieng Thong for some temple-exploring. The mosaic-covered temple is one of the most popular religious sites in all of Laos. You can view the photo gallery here.

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Wat Xieng Thong

Unfortunately, the bikes ended up causing us some trouble, because we had to take time to deliver them back to our hostel in order to enjoy the rest of our night, making us miss out on an opporunity to spend more time doing what we wanted.

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