Luang Prabang | A jar of snake wine anyone?

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Lao kids carrying large bag og plastic bottles and other recyled stuff
Before boarding the bus I asked the guesthouse owner whether the promised VIP aircond bus is what I paid for, not some local bus cramping with chicken and shit. The shuttle bus which brought me to actual bus station was local chicken bus anyway. The VIP aircond bus to Luang Prabang was drove on a long and winding road with beautiful sceneries, wooden house village clinging onto the cliffs. The road and journey was a lot nicer than Kathmandu to Pokhara I took months ago. The tarmac road was slightly wider and the drivers were more cautious in driving.

But it all turns into nightmare when the smoke came out from the leftside front tyre. The smell that prompted the front passenger and then the bus pulled over.
Luang Prabang Laos
About an hour we were stranded while the driver changing the tyre. An hour later after the continued journey, the same tyre produced smoke again. Luckily it was only an hour away from Luang Prabang and there was workshop on the road side. The driver and the foremen fixed the inner tyre that another 40 minutes the passengers stranded.

Around 7.30 pm we finally reached Luang Prabang. My first impression was the town is somewhat better and striking than Vang Vieng. I saw not only bars or internets or guesthouses that make the town. The main tourist area was surrounded by river and there were temple on hundreds meter apart. The town seems like a well planned city. It was a bit of a hassle in finding an accommodation during high season.
Jars of snakes, lizards, scorpions was already make me want to throw up, let alone dining next to it
My first option Spicylaos was fully booked and so was the next 4 ! It’s either fully booked or rather ridiculously expensive. One time I wasn’t needed to ask them, they just shouted it’s fully booked when they saw me walking towards their premises.

Double room cost 110,000 kip ($15-20) but I liked the setting of most guesthouses 2 storeys just next to next in the narrow alley with proper pedestrian route linking to main road. Finally I checked in into considerably beautifully located guesthouse with reasonable rate. Double bed usually 80,000 kip negotiated to be 50,000 kip. Shhhhh ! other guests are paying 60,000 kip, said the owner.

Next to my guesthouse just alongside the river is a row of dining/open restaurant but by just looking at the jars of snakes, lizards, scorpions was already make me want to throw up, let alone dining next to it. There’s grilled frog on every street food corner. The food here is too dodgy. The jars of snakes were later I found out is Snake Wine.I rented a bike in the morning and biking around, there were tones of temple. Only my hate-o-meter of this town was less than Vang Vieng because the tourists were more sort of well-to-do travelers than in Vang Vieng.



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Lao kids carrying large bag og pla…
Lao kids carrying large bag og pl…
Luang Prabang Laos
Luang Prabang Laos
Jars of snakes, lizards, scorpions…
Jars of snakes, lizards, scorpion…
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Luang Prabang Laos
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Luang Prabang Laos
Lao kid
Lao kid
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Luang Prabang Laos
Well to do travellers
Well to do travellers
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Luang Prabang Laos
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The bus broke down not once but tw…
The bus broke down not once but t…
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Luang Prabang Laos
Tuk Tuk of Luang Prabang
Tuk Tuk of Luang Prabang
Face of Laos
Face of Laos
Stranded for 2 time
Stranded for 2 time
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Luang Prabang Laos
Monk on Tuk Tuk
Monk on Tuk Tuk
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Luang Prabang Laos
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Luang Prabang Laos
Detail of wall decoration
Detail of wall decoration
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Detail of temple
Detail of temple
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