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Luang Prabang Travel Blog

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A plane comes in to land over the Mekong river
An even longer day on a boat brought me to Luang Prabang, the second city of the Lao PDR. Lunch was a chicken baguette which I'd bought in Pak Beng that morning and which had been sitting in the heat of the south-east Asian day ever since. There was a cooler full of Beerlao at the back of the boat. I visited it more than once. Beerlao is great, by the way. Once in LP, I found a room and almost immediately got online. I'd promised myself a few hours of internet abuse when I got to Laos and this is how I spent my evening.

Next morning, the town showed me its best daylit face by raining for a bit. I didn't mind. I hadn't seen rain since my third night in Bangkok and a change is as good as a rest. Spent the day wandering around the town.
Wat
Visited the couple of wats and a museum. Ate Indian curry in the evening, for the second time in three nights.

The Lonely Planet raves about Luang Prabang. But then, the LP guide to Laos is very big on temples and Buddhas and such, and not very big on anything else. You should read its pursed-lipped disapproval of Vang Vieng. We'll get to that. There are a lot of temples and Buddhas in Luang Prabang and some of them are quite pretty and a bit worth looking at but not very unless you're into temples and Buddhas. Which, as we've already established, I'm not. Not really. They're nice and all, but I can only look at so many of them and apart from a couple of fairly cool bars there's not a vast amount else in the town. I was feeling a bit lonely and a long way from home. I still hadn't got the hang of travel at this point.

On the second day I climbed Phu Si, a hundred-metre hill in the middle of the city. Took a lot of pictures and watched a plane come in to land at the little airport. That must be a spectacular landing. Walked down the other side of the hill and ate my first proper Lao meal at a restuarant overlooking the Mekong. Trying to ignore the screaming of pigs as they were unloaded from the boats below. The meal was beef laap, a kind of spicy mince salad. Okay, not great. I ate a lot of Indian food in Laos. Shameless, I am.
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A plane comes in to land over the …
A plane comes in to land over the…
Wat
Wat
Decorations in a wat
Decorations in a wat
Wat, with funny-coloured Buddha
Wat, with funny-coloured Buddha
I think he might be sunburnt. Who …
I think he might be sunburnt. Who…
The twenty-third of January... the…
The twenty-third of January... th…
Not the best picture I ever took. …
Not the best picture I ever took.…
Moths basked in the sun all over t…
Moths basked in the sun all over …
Another moth on the walls of Wat P…
Another moth on the walls of Wat …
Cat
Cat
Lao kid in a restaurant
Lao kid in a restaurant
Beerlao. I drank a lot of this
Beerlao. I drank a lot of this
Locals unload goods from a Mekong …
Locals unload goods from a Mekong…
The outside of my guest house in LP
The outside of my guest house in LP
Kids play in a tree, in the garden…
Kids play in a tree, in the garde…
Across the river
Across the river
Wat
Wat
Luang Prabang
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