Luang Prabang Travel Blog› entry 153 of 254 › view all entries
The day started with us having to swap rooms due to a leaking bathroom sink and a dripping air con unit. This was done with no problem and we headed off for breakfast to a local bakery where we sat alfresco and had bagels and coffee. Luang Prabang is classed as a city, but with a population of about 30,000 it feels more like a small town. It was placed on UNESCO's world heritage list in 1995, and this has done much to preserve its relaxed charm. It has a wonderful mix of temples and slightly crumbling colonial architechture, set at the confluence of the Mekong and the Nam Khan rivers. 32 of the original temples are occupied by Buddhist Monks and novices and they certainly look striking as they walk around the streets, shading themselves from the sun with their umbrellas.
We were going to have a look around the Royal Palace Museum but only got as far as the grounds as it shut at 11.30am for a 2 hour lunch break! Instead we had a wander around a couple of temples, going into Wat Mai and paying an entrance fee to the smallest, cutest looking monk we have seen so far on our travels - he must have only been about 10!
For our evening meal tonight we decided to treat ourselves and went to the 'Aspara', reputedly one of Laos' top five restaurants. Three courses, a bottle of bordeaux and a pot of Lao coffee for $25 - very expensive by Lao standards but great value to us. The food was very good too. The most exotic thing on the menu was braised goat - Diane nearly had it but opted for fillet steak and fries. Emma went for a very hot dish of chicken in a chilli jam and coconut sauce.