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Chitty-chitty Luang Prabang

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Bread, coffee and lots of tourists. This is the most touristy place we've hit since Chiang Mai. That said, it comes as quite a welcome relief. After about ten days of the northernmost part of Laos its nice to have a really comfy bed to put the head on. Every day is an early start in this country. They don't seem to do lie-ins. This morning we had the drums beating in the various Wats around us, that was at 4am. I was chatting to one of the guys here and he said I can expect the same tomorrow morning.

We headed for Kuangsi Falls today. Clear blue waterfalls that you can swim in. Harry decided to brave one of the rope swings following much careful consideration. Our tuk-tuk driver promised us exclusive passage for the 35km journey for his best price. We then made a detour to his house to pick up his wife, one year old daughter, sister-in-law and two baskets of laundry. To be honest, its those experiences that make travelling all the more enjoyable.

When we stayed in Nang Khiaw we regularly frequented a place called 'Alex's' which was run by Mama. She has 8 kids, one of whom runs a place called Delilahs here in Luang Prabang. We had a great dinner there tonight albeit the kids found their food 'too spicy'. I suppose that's what you'll say when you've been fed a diet of spuds all your short life.

Paddy, our youngest, is fast turning into Little Lord Fauntleroy. His blond hair and red, sweaty face mark him apart from most kids in these parts. He's becoming an all-singing, all-dancing space cadet who turns it on for the locals. His whirling dervish antics means he now has to be regularly held in check when we're out, otherwise he starts wandering into the kitchen when he should be eating his dinner.

The kids and ourselves are planning a trip to the library tomorrow afternoon. They organise english conversation classes for local kids and novice monks where travelling 'falang' lîke ourselves can chat with them for a couple of hours. It should provide us with the opportunity to improve our english.

Posted by goldenmaverick 06:43 Archived in Laos Tagged waterfalls luang_prabang

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by dunning

if you follow the road out of town along the the river going downstream theres a pretty nondescipt temple along the river and you can walk right down to the waters edge almost and about six o'clock or so you can get the most amazin Mekong sunsets.it'll probably bore the shite outta the chislers though.You havn't mentioned the beer Lao.best beer in Asia.

by finto

Finto - Beer Lao truly is the bees knees. A chap in phongsali also told me how to read the bottles to get the good stuff. Each brew is labelled L1, L2 or L3, with L3 being the end of the barrel and L1 being the quality stuff. We're gonna head for Vang Vieng despite some reservations as it should make the trip south more manageable for the kids.

by goldenmaverick

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