Luang Prabang | A jar of snake wine anyone?
Luang Prabang Travel Blog› entry 20 of 59 › view all entries
February 6th, 2010 – by: herman_munster
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.
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.
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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