Luang Prabang: Laos' 2nd largest city at about 300k people, small-feeling, charming and touristy. But great! Great food, great people, great sites, great temples, great night markets..... and it has a very European feel to it. We ate almost every day by the Mekong river. Our Belgian friends wanted to get involved with some elephants, so we decided to "wash" the elephants. Pretty touristy, yeah, but great photo op. I didn't do it, but I'm stoked on the pictures. We had to dress up in these huge funny outfits that the handlers would wear. After that, we headed down river by kayak, thinking we'd enjoy the kayaking experience again.... it POURED the WHOLE 3 hours, as SOON as we started. It was pretty funny. Then we parted ways from our friends, and we flew to Hanoi, Vietnam.