Adventures in Asia

by Greg & Francie

Waterfalls, Tigers and Bears-Oh My!

Yesterday we went to Tat Kuang Si-one of the fantastic waterfalls outside of Luang Prabang. It was really beautiful and one of the great, unexpected things was that there is a small wildlife preserve at the same location.

We met Phet the Indochinese Tiger. Phet’s mother was killed by a poacher and she was recovered and relocated to this small sanctuary. I have tigers on the mind lately because I just finished Life of Pi (great book) which includes a Bengal Tiger as a character. He was very beautiful.

i will not bite you

We also met several (8 total) Asiatic Black Bears that were orphaned. They were pretty cute.  Three of them were pups. They have quite the jungle gym to play on.

i am a very funny black bear with white stripes

Overall, the waterfalls were very impressive.  There were several levels with bright turquoise pools.  Many Lao families were hanging out there as well.

waterfall

Here is one more picture of Francie and Tom at the falls. He left for Phuket yesterday. I was glad to finally meet him and can’t wait to crash at his place in New York city, hint hint.

waterfall francietom

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March 20, 2007 - Posted by | Laos, SE Asia, Travel, Wildlife

2 Comments »

  1. Hi Everyone,

    These are beautiful and inspirational photos. I lived in Thailand from 1969 – 1971 and during the Vietnam War, all of these countries were so ecologically devastated.

    I remember flying over Vietnam and thinking it looked like a moonscape, not like planet Earth at all. It was heart-breaking, and yet, at the same time, I could compare it to flying over the Burmese jungles (Burma is now called Myanmar). These jungles had seen conflicts in World War 2 and had “returned” to luxuriant beauty, so I had hope for Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam, too.

    I am also pleased to see wildlife protection actively occuring, in places where people are still struggling. That’s a testament to humanity’s Goodness.

    Above all, I am struck by the beauty of these waterfalls. Our lives are intimately linked to Water in ways we have never imagined. For a fascinating Journey of Body and Spirit, come read about Water on my blog. You will see a whole new universe!

    Best to all — Em
    http://diabetesdietdialogue.wordpress.com
    “Everyone knows someone who needs this information!” (TM)

    Comment by em | March 20, 2007 | Reply

  2. i’d love it if you came to crash at my place! come any time! 🙂

    Comment by eviltom | March 20, 2007 | Reply


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