Luang Prabang, Laos

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Street Art

Overnight bus from Vientiane, literally do not remember one minute of it. Thank you Mr. Valium. Some guy met us off the bus and asked if we’d like to check out his guesthouse. It was perfect – balcony and television so there we slept. I actually ended up spending one whole day stuck in this room as I was ill. Blaming Mr. Valium from Laos. The Laos people are so friendly, quite like the Cambodians – all smiles the whole time. Luang Prabang is probably one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen. The whole town is a UNESCO world heritage site (I have to get that list and start ticking these off!) so the buildings have to conform to certain standards; it’s all mahogany and teak. The buildings look like renovated French farmhouses. Beautiful.

We found a lovely café run by a Laotian and Canadian, the ‘Arthouse Café’. Great art collection to check out whilst you’re waiting for your meal, right on the river so a great place to people-watch too! There’s a pretty good night market to wander around too. Lots of local arts and crafts and plenty of tourist-tack too. Saw some pretty crazy rainfall in our time here, once the thunder starts you’re in trouble! Oh and there’s a curfew of midnight in the whole town. Party spot if ever I’ve seen one.

We rented a motorbike and took the 30km trip out to Kuang Si sixty metre waterfall after a ‘petrol’ stop from a 1.5 litre bottle of Coca Cola. There’s a bear sanctuary just before you trek to the waterfall. By trek I mean climb the well-trodden path for about ten minutes. It actually looked like a pretty cool place for rescued bears, plenty of space and play-areas for them. Bought the t-shirt!! John did the jump from a rope thing into the water and nearly kill yourself…and I just did the nearly kill myself bit. Fell in. Not once but twice. It’s ok, saved the Havaianas.

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