The very windy bus ride to Luang Prabang
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February 9th, 2010 – by: sshaunaa
It ended up working out extremely well as our minibus didn't end up being full so there was room to stretch out, and the people on the bus with me were fun to chat with. Both of these things were very important for a 6 plus hour bus ride.
The entire ride was on paved road and the first hour was relatively straight and flat. Then the windiness began! I didn't realize that a windy road meant driving up and over a mountain range for about four hours.
The scenery was absolutely spectacular as the road wound along the side of the mountains, past "villages" consisting of no more than a dozen shacks, hanging over the side of the cliff. For the most part, the view consisted of ranges of rolling, green vegetation covered mountains as far out as you could see.
We saw some water buffalo, lots of cows and for about an hour stretch of road, men working along side the road digging a two foot deep trench. What the purpose of the trench is I don't know, but the working conditions were tough on the side of a mountain in the sun.
We arrived in Luang Prabang before 5pm and I instantly liked the town. As with Vientiane, Luang Prabang has French history and thus the architecture is French Colonial. It makes for very pretty guesthouses and buildings lining the streets and from what my guidebook says, fantastic French food. mmmmmmmm
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