Bugger the LP
Luang Prabang Travel Blog› entry 31 of 100 › view all entries
January 23rd, 2007 – by: jimcowdrill
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.
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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