Since then, I've managed to survive the madness that is Bangkok, go elephant riding and bamboo rafting in Chiang Mai, take the slow boat down the Mekong River, hike through the jungle and swim in a waterfall - so many amazing sights, sounds ... and smells (have some great pictures already and it's only the end of week one!).
We have a few days here in Luang Prabang, so it's nice to relax for a while. We're staying at the Thongbay Guesthouse, overlooking the Nam Khan river ... very tranquil, and great to watch Lao life go by. Had a lovely tasting plate of local food last night at L'Elephant, then went for a few drinks at the Hive Bar - the bars all shut at 11.30pm for the town's curfew, so we had to carry on at the local bowling alley! (as you do).
Time to get out and about again I think - a visit to one of the many temples in town and climbing the 300-plus steps to watch the sun set from Mt Phu Si await ...
‹ 6.2.08 / 4 comment(s) ›
Luang Prabang is great. I was there a couple of years ago. Have you been to the Bhuddist shrine cave in the river bank? I forget what it is called now (it's fairly well-known there). Takes an hour or so to get there by boat (we went on a pig boat so it took us a bit longer). Along the way you stop off at a place where they make rice wine with scorpians in the bottle. That kind of thing.
Fascinating place. The night market is, also, great too (the tribal people come down and sell their wares and stuff).
I must must write an article on it on my blog (I have some stuff about Vietnam on it, already, if you are going there / are interested)."
‹ posted by Eamon on 2.4.08 ›
Wow, I just stumbled on to your blog.
I was in Luang Prabang not 4 months ago. What an amazing place. Make sure you don't miss the buddhist alms in the street at 7am if you can get up.
Also, bowling in Luang Prabang...now that was a good night :-) It's true that everything shuts about 10:30. Brought back some very special memories...
Enjoy the rest of your trip. From Luang Prabang I headed up to Luang Nam Tha and on to Muang Sing for some trekking to hill tribes. Not to be missed.
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"Oh yeah, and here's my blog if you want any tips for the rest of your journey through Laos, Vietnam, (Cambodia?) and Thailand.
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"Thanks for sharing. This area is beautiful! My friends that "visited" there in the late 60's and 70's never stop talking about just how gorgeous the place is."
‹ posted by Tucson Bass Player on 21.10.08 ›