We went the Temples, Bears, and Waterfalls trip (BB01). Emi met us and briefed us ahead of time and told us our captain's daughter spoke English and that we would have lunch after the temple/cave visit. We crossed the river to visit a temple and caves, but unfortunately, we received no map. Half of us reached the caves (which were not all that exciting), all of us were a bit confused on where we were supposed to go and everyone agreed a map and a bit more direction would be helpful (for example, Emi told us we had 1.5 hours and the driver said "40 minute!"). We took off down the Mekong in the boat, and after about 45 minutes, we asked about food and realized neither the captain nor his daughter spoke much English. Lunch was soggy, mayonnaise laden sandwiches, so I recommend bringing food and snacks. When we stopped at the village to go to the Kuangsi waterfalls, we were led to a flatbed truck. We had told Emi were were traveling with 4 children under the age of 8, and needless to say, we were quite nervous getting the kids in an open top, flat bed truck with nothing to hold on to. We started off with dirt roads, then the driver (who appeared to be about 13 years old) took off and drove very, very fast. The couple in the front cab were trying to get him to slow down, and he just kept driving very fast on the swervy, bumpy road. It was terrifying! We arrived safely at the falls and then asked the boat driver to call Emi for us. She was not at the office, but another person was able to translate for us. The ride back from the waterfalls was slower and felt safer. Interestingly, everyone else at the falls had tuk-tuks and covered vans, and we had the only open-top, flatbed truck. They did have BeerLao for the trip home.
The boat itself was comfortable, and the driver and his daughter were nice enough. The lack of direction, bad lunch and safety issues put a huge damper on what could have been an amazing day.
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