Luang Prabang

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a building before the renovation that I think will arrive soon...
Luang Prabang is a UNESCO World Heritage site and I spent there 3 nights. Although I haven't yet seen the rest of northern Laos where I'm heading I would say it's not a real Laos because of French caffees and bakeries, renovated buildings, clean streets, fancy guesthouses, restaurants and bars - all servings tourists. The town at the Mekong river is small and most of the sights are spread within walkable distance, actually you don't need more than one day to see few Wats and the Royal Palace Museum. But usually tourists stay there longer because the town is pretty laid-back, there's no rush, you can join organized tours and courses, cycle around or shop and eat at the night market (btw Lao hand-made silk scarf are pretty impressive, and that barbaqued fish we had was not less than delicious).
I spent my time in LP in a very merry company of Patrick from Austria, Peep from Estonia, Laurant from France (New Caledonia) and Suzie and Jenie from England. We kind of knew each other from the 2-day boat trip and bumped at each other later in the town. We had dinner as well as few drinks together the very first evening before we went to a Bowling Bar which is the only place in town opened after 11:30pm! It seems tourists from all bars and restaurants around the city head there at around midnight to play bowling (we had two games) and to have some drinks....We ordered a bottle of Lao whiskey, a bottle of Coca-Cola and a bucket of ice....for a price of 4eur :-) (happy evening, sore hangover in the morning :-()...The next evening we just chilled out on our balcony that was attached to our fancy room (I shared it with Patrick) and tried to answer Peep's favourite question: "Tell me a story"...
When I cycled around the town I met See, a 20-year old Lao guy working as a waiter at one of the high-price guesthouses who was very nice and invited me to his one-room house that he shares with his friend. Its living standard was very low, the room had a size of 3x4m and was some sort of all-in-one room as it was a mixture of a living room, a kitchen, a sleeping room, a toilet and a garage...They pay a rent of 2,000,000 kip a year (170eur). You may say it's nothing but this is all they can afford!
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a building before the renovation t…
a building before the renovation …
wooden guesthouses
wooden guesthouses
kids playing on streets
kids playing on streets
having a Lao coffee with Patrick
having a Lao coffee with Patrick
renovation in progress....
renovation in progress....
Royal palace museum
Royal palace museum
a river-side caffee
a river-side caffee
main street in LP
main street in LP
having a beer at Phu Si mountain
having a beer at Phu Si mountain
Patrick and Peep awaiting our meal
Patrick and Peep awaiting our meal
our little group
our little group
this is so beautiful...only 3min w…
this is so beautiful...only 3min …
Luang Prabang
photo by: oxangu2