One fine day in Luang Prabang

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With the help of the bus driver, we got a tuk-tuk to take us to the backpacker area. Everything was still closed when the tuk-tuk driver dropped us. Well, what do you expect? It's freaking 4 AM! We were thinking to wait until everything is open at the nearest Wat (temple). But, luckily there was an old local guy came out from a guesthouse and asked us if we need a place to stay. He showed us the room. It was a spacious, nice, clean and comfortable room for 3 of us. So we agreed to stay there right away for 90,000 kip per day.

 

We took a little nap for a bit and got ready to check out the giving alms ceremony to the monks. It was 6:00 when we left the guesthouse, but the ceremony had finished. BUMMER! So we walked around a little bit to the Wat that I forgot the name. Let’s blame my small brain :P Then we went to Lao Coffee House to get our breakfast. We had superb breakfast that morning! The baguette was hot and crispy, the hot chocolate and the milk coffee was tasty as well!

 

We planned to walk around the town.

a wat inside Royal Palace Museum
However, Nikie saw bicycles for rent and forced us to go around the town by bike. I was a bit hesitant but finally agreed to try the bike since it was cheap, only 15,000 kip for 12 hours. I’m such a cheap Charlie traveler, aren’t I? Little did I know that her idea was the bright one after all! We saved a lot of time and on top of that, we covered many places in one day. We visited Wat Aham, Wat Wisunalat, Wat That Luang, Wat Pa Houak, Royal Palace Museum and Old Heritage House. At the end of the day we climbed up to Phousi Hill under the rain and saw a breathtaking view of Luang Prabang from the top of the hill.  Its so captivating, really its majestic ,the curves of the hills! I was speechless!

 

From Phousi Hill, we went to Luang Prabang Night Market. They sold various souvenirs, Lao coffee, fruit shakes, pirated DVD, food and clothes. Well, they basically sell anything. It was nice to go around and engage a conversation with local sellers. But suddenly the rain started pouring cats and dogs! Unbelievable! It took us awhile to make our way to go back to the guesthouse.

Monks at Wat Wisunarat

 

As soon as we arrived at the guesthouse, we took a quick shower and got dress because we had a dinner appointment with Nikie’s friends from Brunei; Jaime and Hamish. Besides, Nikie also invited a Spaniard guy named Raul that she met at Wat Aham whom I believe is JC’s brother eventhough he is more handsome than JC. Lol!

 

6 of us had a nice dinner at a local restaurant which served best noodle soup. We had great food, great chitchat and great company. Couldn’t ask anything better than that!

 

After dinner, we stopped by at the meat stall where Siska, Jaime, Hamish and Raul tried the pork sausage and anything related to pork! Haha! Then we moved to Lao coffee stall.

Public Pole dancing. Lol!
I only got hot chocolate and that was the best hot chocolate I’ve ever had in my life! We continued talking and going around the night market. It was a splendid night for all of us.

 

We had to call it a night because apparently Nikie, Siska and I had been wide awake since 6 AM and still haven’t regained our energy back. We didn’t wanna miss the giving alms ceremony the next morning because lack of sleep.

 

We said good bye to Jaime, Hamish and Raul, then went back to the guesthouse. I laid down in my bed contemplating everything we did today and was still in awe to think of how beautiful the city is. It’s a great combination of Lao ethnic and French influence buildings everywhere. Not to mention how cool the local people are when it comes to foreigners tourists. I love this city. I wanna go back there someday.

 

Then I zonked.  

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a wat inside Royal Palace Museum
a wat inside Royal Palace Museum
Monks at Wat Wisunarat
Monks at Wat Wisunarat
Public Pole dancing. Lol!
Public Pole dancing. Lol!
Wat That Luang
Wat That Luang
A drawing on the wall at Wat Pahou…
A drawing on the wall at Wat Paho…
Ornament at Old Heritage House
Ornament at Old Heritage House
Ornament at Old Heritage House
Ornament at Old Heritage House
A statue inside banyan tree at Wat…
A statue inside banyan tree at Wa…
monks at Wat Wisunarat
monks at Wat Wisunarat
With monks
With monks
A monk studying at Wat That Luang
A monk studying at Wat That Luang
Mekong River
Mekong River
Mekong River
Mekong River
View of Luang Prabang
View of Luang Prabang
View of Luang Prabang
View of Luang Prabang
View of Luang Prabang
View of Luang Prabang
View of Luang Prabang
View of Luang Prabang
Royal Palace Museum
Royal Palace Museum
Royal Palace Museum Building
Royal Palace Museum Building
Royal Palace Museum Building
Royal Palace Museum Building
The floating Buddha??
The floating Buddha??
Hundred steps to get to Phousi Hill
Hundred steps to get to Phousi Hill
Hundred steps to get to Phousi Hill
Hundred steps to get to Phousi Hill
Luang Prabang seen from Phousi Hill
Luang Prabang seen from Phousi Hill
Luang Prabang seen from Phousi Hill
Luang Prabang seen from Phousi Hill
Im on the top of a mountain!!!
I'm on the top of a mountain!!!
3 of us :)
3 of us :)
With a local cute baby :)
With a local cute baby :)
Take a picture while riding a bike…
Take a picture while riding a bik…
Luang Prabang
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