Luang Prabang Travel Blog› entry 54 of 62 › view all entries
February 12th, 2010 – by: sshaunaa
There are several activities to do outside the town, including visiting waterfalls or a cave, trekking, elephant riding and kayaking. I decided to only see the waterfall and spend the rest of my time doing pretty much nothing. It has been a good couple days, although I am getting restless and am ready to leave tomorrow morning.
I spent a couple hours walking along the many streets and side streets, stopping to look at the many wats.
One of the more famous wats, Wat Xieng Thong, was built in 1593. It was definitely a popular spot in town, with many of the other wats having only a couple of visitors at a time.
While stopping on the main street for a mango and coconut crepe (Yum!!) i ran into one of the guys I had drank with in Vang Vieng. We decided to go to Utopia, a restaurant / bar, with a very interesting setup, including a large seating area made out of bamboo, with lounging seating facing the Nam Ghan river. It's definitely a sweet spot for some chilling out, although it was so relaxing I almost fell asleep.
For dinner I tried the food market, which runs along one of the side streets inside the street market. It works "buffet" style. You pay for either a small (7,000 kip) or large (10,000 kip) plate and then you fill it up with various noodle and rice dishes. For an extra fee you can also buy barbecued fish, chicken and what I call "miscellaneous" meat.
On one end there were the "buffets" catering to foreigners and then closer to the main road were the more authentic dishes, most of which I couldn't decipher. For instance, one was a greenish pasty goo. I went with the fareng dishes.
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