The Monk Who Stole My Photo, and other tales from Luang Prabang.

Luang Prabang Travel Blog

 › entry 77 of 251 › view all entries
Strolling monks.
It seems to me the monks in LP are a bit more open and modern than the ones I have seen elsewhere. Although most of the monks are shy and reticent, I have been greeted by them with a cheery “Sabai dee!” and big smiles several times. And Steve and I saw three monks in an Internet café. The icing went on the cake today as I was walking down the 328 steps from Phu Si Hill. Two young monks were coming up the steps. They saw me, and then they had a brief discussion. Then one monk ran up to stand next to me while the other snapped a photo on his cell phone. The cheeky monk stole my photo! Then he said I was beautiful! This very un-monk-like behavior really made me laugh. Maybe they are still in monk training?

Today I explored LP on my own since Steve was still suffering the effects of yesterday’s kayaking trip.
The first of many flights, Phu Si hill.
The shuttle bus driver kindly brought me to a pharmacy, where I bought re-hydration salts and ibuprofen to send back to Steve. While he slept (ALL day!) I explored the city from one end to another, trying to avoid the hot sun and pushing my way through the blistering heat and humidity. I stopped to look at several temples, and didn’t always know what I was looking at.

In addition to the Phu Si Hill (by the way, the temples up there are not great, but the views are fantastic…it’s worth the long climb) I went to the National Museum, which is the former Royal Palace. I was wearing a tank top so I had to borrow one of their cover-ups to go in. It was a pretty interesting visit, with lots of very shiny priceless artifacts and various royal treasures.
I walked softly so as not to wake him. Floating Monks photo exhibit.
They had the original throne on display, which was used until 1959. It was so tiny, it looked like a child’s seat! The new one, commissioned in 1959, was very large and flamboyant.

There was a photo exhibit at the gate house of the Royal Palace, called Floating Monks. These photos were taken by a German photographer during a monk training session on meditation (a skill which has apparently not been used in Laos in the past, or at least for a long time). I was the only one there and the guard was asleep on the bench, so I walked softly so as not to wake him.

Between the hours of 12:30 and 2:00, I noticed many of the vendors and workers were asleep in their stalls. It was so incredibly hot and humid, it seemed like a good idea to me to have a little nap mid day like that.
Everyone is hiding from the heat.
At the end of town, I looked at the river and the locals swimming in the brown silty water, and I was actually jealous. (Did I mention it was really hot?! )

I had lunch at Café des Arts, where I was served one of the best lattes I have every had. They had a salad menu, where I choose six items from a list for my salad. It came served with crusty warm baguette. I really like Laos!

I came home on the 4pm shuttle, and Steve had just woken up, and was feeling “100% better.” We decided to take the 7:30pm shuttle back to town for dinner, where we ate at a mediocre place, the name of which I forget. During the meal Steve started to feel achy again and proclaimed he was having a heart attack, but this passed after a little bit and we walked to the 9pm shuttle, and then went back to the hotel where I read and Steve watched TV.
My lunch at Cafe des Arts.
All seems OK.  

+++

Late at night, Steve got the chills and may also have a fever. I am up at 3am researching symptoms on the lobby’s Internet station (I had to wake the clerk, oops.) The Internet’s a wonderful thing… I just learned these new symptoms are also indicative of dehydration. But it seems like he should be better by now? Tomorrow I hope he is well, or we must decide if he should take the antibiotics we brought, go to the doctor, or what. This is the less fun aspect of traveling… what I wouldn’t give to have my Dr. Brandies and Chicago’s Northwestern Memorial just down the street.  

newtampo says:
Keep checking if your photo will be on facebook? :D Lately we heard a news about the monks got the profiles on hi5.com (same as facebook), that's not illegal but immoral. By the way, have been in Loung Prabang just once and I like it too. Thanks for sharing!
Posted on: Jun 05, 2008
Join TravBuddy to leave comments, meet new friends and share travel tips!
Strolling monks.
Strolling monks.
The first of many flights, Phu Si …
The first of many flights, Phu Si…
I walked softly so as not to wake …
I walked softly so as not to wake…
Everyone is hiding from the heat.
Everyone is hiding from the heat.
My lunch at Cafe des Arts.
My lunch at Cafe des Arts.
Reflecting pool (or as Steve calls…
Reflecting pool (or as Steve call…
Corridor at Grand Luang Prabang ho…
Corridor at Grand Luang Prabang h…
It smelled good too.
It smelled good too.
View from breakfast table. Grand L…
View from breakfast table. Grand …
Grand Luang Prabang hotel.
Grand Luang Prabang hotel.
Roofline in Luang Prabang town.
Roofline in Luang Prabang town.
Monks in Luang Prabang town.
Monks in Luang Prabang town.
Temple in Luang Prabang town. Not …
Temple in Luang Prabang town. Not…
Temple in Luang Prabang town.
Temple in Luang Prabang town.
Out to dry.
Out to dry.
Locals swim in the Mekong.
Locals swim in the Mekong.
Rice cakes out to dry.
Rice cakes out to dry.
Lady thought I was crazy, doing a …
Lady thought I was crazy, doing a…
Some sort of cafe I think. I didn…
Some sort of cafe I think. I didn…
The outside of Wat Siphoutthabat T…
The outside of Wat Siphoutthabat …
Main street, Th Sisavangvong.
Main street, Th Sisavangvong.
On Th Sisavangvong.
On Th Sisavangvong.
Shaded monks.
Shaded monks.
Hmmm, that doesnt look promising.
Hmmm, that doesn't look promising.
Cafe des Arts, where I had a great…
Cafe des Arts, where I had a grea…
National Museum.
National Museum.
Phu Si hill.
Phu Si hill.
Frangipani blooms were scattered o…
Frangipani blooms were scattered …
Getting closer!
Getting closer!
Monk going much faster than me.
Monk going much faster than me.
Temple on Phu Si hill.
Temple on Phu Si hill.
View from Phu Si hill.
View from Phu Si hill.
View of Luang Prabang from Phu Si …
View of Luang Prabang from Phu Si…
View of Luang Prabang from Phu Si …
View of Luang Prabang from Phu Si…
Temple on Phu Si hill.
Temple on Phu Si hill.
Shrine at Phu Si hill.
Shrine at Phu Si hill.
National Museum.
National Museum.
They took my photo, so I took thei…
They took my photo, so I took the…
The way down. Phu Si hill.
The way down. Phu Si hill.
By any measure, thats a big ass s…
By any measure, that's a big ass …
Spider web.
Spider web.
Sign for photo exhibit.
Sign for photo exhibit.
Luang Prabang transportation.
Luang Prabang transportation.
There are many Luang Prabang trans…
There are many Luang Prabang tran…
Luang Prabang transportation.
Luang Prabang transportation.
Luang Prabang transportation.
Luang Prabang transportation.
Luang Prabang
photo by: oxangu2