Festivities

Luang Prabang Travel Blog

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Which way?!
Well we ended up staying in Luang Prabang for about a week because it is so beautiful and pritty chilled out. On our first night we climbed up to the main Wat in town to watch the sunset, unfortunately every other traveller in town had the same idea and so a very spiritual place was turned into a big mass of people all trying to get the best photograph, still it looked beautiful over the surrounding mountains. We also found out that the big 'Light Festival' was to take place the weekend that we were there which celebrates the end of the monsoon season by a procession of big carnival bamboo boats, lit up with candles down the main street and then these are set asail in the mekong, along with baskets of flowers and candles by all the locals.
Buddhas everywhere
Also everyone buys fireworks and then has great fun setting them off at foriegners, so we hid in a cafe and watched as the streets turned into a bit of a warzone as the jumping firweorks go anywhere and everywhere!! We also managed to spend a day going to see dragon boat racing. It was taking place at a village about an hour away from Luang Prubang and we managed to find a tuktuk to take us along with some girls from chile. The village that was hosting the races was incredibly rural and as we walked along the streets people actually stopped and pointed at us, it was such a strange experience and we realised we were completely off the tourist trail. However the festival was packed and a group of old women started trying to get us to drink their rice alcohol and dance with them, they were so drunk!! It was a really good atmosphere though and we found our way back to our tuktuk drivers house to find that their whole family was having a big meal and the chilean girls had got bored of the races and joined in with the meal and everyone in the house was rolling about drunk !! A very good time had by all i think !!
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Which way?!
Which way?!
Buddhas everywhere
Buddhas everywhere
Some kind of buddhist joke?!
Some kind of buddhist joke?!
View from wat down to luang prubang
View from wat down to luang prubang
..another view.
..another view.
The famous (1?) sunset
The famous (1?) sunset
Luang Prabang
photo by: oxangu2