Like we said in our post about biking, Luang Prabang is the place where the Nam Khan River meets the mighty Mekong. Most people have heard about the Mekong. It’s a pretty impressive river. Here in Luang Prabang, it’s already pretty big and moves quite fast – a little bit intimidating. But we’ve also got the Nam Khan, which is a little more tame and friendly. There are beautiful sandy beaches for the girls to play on (although, littered with the occasional broken bottle that we try to avoid.) During the dry season there are two charming bamboo bridges that visitors cross for a fee. You can see a couple pictures of them on our Instagram feed (as well as many other’s tourist’s instagram that visit here!)
The girls have fun collecting river weed on sticks just like the local kids. The river weed here is dried in sheets and fried for a snack. It’s one of our favorites.
We also had fun one day catching tadpoles with the plan to take them home and watch them grow into frogs. We should have done some internet research first, though, as we ended up killing them because of our negligence. We’re read up on frog raising now so we won’t be making the same mistakes next time. The Nam Khan has been a great place for us to go if we have a free hour or two and want to relax while the girls play and explore. We’ve talked about swimming in it but haven’t yet. Where do you go to chill out when you get the chance?