We have been back in the USA almost a month now and sincerely hope you can forgive this tardy note. Upon our arrival home we had to hit the ground running with Christmas activities and preparations, then travel to Chicago for a week… return to Cape Cod, take down and put away “Christmas”… then cope with a wild weather snow blizzard and extreme cold. That said, not for anytime did I not want to write and announce WHAT A FINE EXPERIENCE we had in LUANG PRABANG Dec 4, 2013 to Dec. 8, 2013. THANKS to KHIRI Travel. Your kind and generous gifts of the lovely handmade paper book and the exquisite saffron colored hand woven scarf were so appreciated. The scarf now graces as a table runner in our home so I see it all the time. Your kindness of the lunch of fine Laotian cuisine at the Tamarind Restaurant was another treat.. BUT… I hope you are aware the greatest treasures you gave us was our Guide BOON and the Driver DAUN. Do hope my spelling is not too far off. Both these men were not only fine professionals but we felt they were people we liked and found relaxing and enjoyed. Boon made our visit one that was so special that we are certain we will return to Luang Prabang and hope to see him again, perhaps in a year or two. Of course he showed us everything on the itinerary ,Pagodas ,Wats, Markets, the Caves etc…. BUT with his intuitive barometer knowing, sensing when and what, where we wanted to linger he excelled.
**** While at Big Brother Mouse he was gracious when we explained we wanted to stay a little longer there and continue with conversations with the participants.
**** He gave us a few phrases , greetings and words to practice and use. And he never giggled once at our pitiful attempts and mistakes.
****Both men allowed us to stop and photograph a place or plant at any time.
**** Always answered our questions with an honesty and clarity even though I suspect they have heard these same questions so many times before.
My memory highlights were…
**** Taking us to the HMONG NEW YEAR and letting us just sit, wander and drink in all those sights, colors and excitement.
****The visit to different Ethnic Villages along with the visit to the Ethnographic museum
****My interests in the various religions and textiles was gratefully fed
**** Simply watching children be children in play and interacting.
**** Almost a color overload in the Night Market
**** The magic of the “RIVER” and viewing the life on its banks.
**** The Waterfall…. and those bears… being bears…
*********** Yet… BOON really showed his stuff at the airport when it was discovered my ticket was made out to CLAUDE Drucker .. not CLAUDIA R. Drucker. He calmly allowed the problem was to be resolved… and he did. I believe a call to you was also involved… but that might have been an ugly predicament if BOON had not been there with us. Please recognize what a fine Guide and person he is and Thank him again for us? In addition over these holidays I fear our relatives and friends have all had their ears filled with what a fine 3 weeks we spent in Southeast Asia. With our enthusiasm I am certain some Americans who hadn’t considered ” this area as a destination” for them are now ” getting some ideas”. Hope to meet you in person upon our next visit to Luang Prabang.
sincerely, Claudia R. Drucker