Intrepid trip notes: Luang Prabang is easily explored on foot, and today is free for you to take a closer look at some of the beautiful temples, try one of the many restaurants along the banks of the Mekong River, or simply soak up the enchanting atmosphere
Optional ActivitiesLuang Prabang -
Wat Xieng Thong - USD2
- Kuang Si Waterfalls - USD5
I woke up a bit later this morning but was not as bright-eyed and bushy-tailed as past mornings
When the monks arrived - unexpectedly for me from the opposite direction, I was quite flustered
I went back to my hotel to get my debit card so I could replenish my supply of kip since I was pretty much out. The first machine was out of money I guess, but the second seemed to be working. I then went to the morning market, took a few photos, made a few inquiries about prices and bought a Lao traditional skirt from a lovely young woman who said she embroidered it and wove the band at the bottom
So I put on my jeans, long-sleeve turtleneck shirt, and down jacket and went out again. I headed down our street to the Mekong. I walked along the the roadside and had some nice views of the river. There were quite a few cafes and restaurants on the river side of the street but mostly on the downscale. I found a sign for the National Museum but the gate was closed. I wonder if it is open. After the Museum, the character of the neighborhood changed to more upscale until I passed the Mekong Riverside Hotel which seems like the poshest. The restaurant at which I ate last night is called the Viewpoint and is kitty-corner to the Riverside. I sort of wanted to continue along the Little Khan River but by then I was boiling
I headed down the main street toward the craft shop and decided not to take any more photos but I had to take one of the main temple in the daylight. It was quite a ways to the craft shop. I thought I had passed it when I bumped into it. I booked a half-day weaving class for tomorrow morning. I would have preferred the batik-dying but the Hmong women have a week off to celebrate a festival. After accomplishing that goal, I thought about having a coffee and chilling for awhile. I had already stripped off the turtleneck at this point, but I was still hot and decided to get back to my room to change. On the way I stopped to buy more stamps and a few postcards plus I asked about sunscreen and the shop person pointed on the counter - they were right in front of me. A bit pricey but they have a cornered market. Now I am back at the hotel - it is almost noon - and I have uploaded my second set of photos for the day.
Somehow I decided to take a nap. Maybe because I felt so exhausted walking back to the hotel. I woke up once or twice, decided it wasn't time to get up and then got up at 2:30 pm or so. I headed out to where I thought the National Museum was. I must have walked past it by only looking at the Mekong. I really don't know how that happened. After I was sure that I must have passed it, I began to look for somewhere to have lunch overlooking the river
Now I kept walking the circuit to get back to the hotel, but I must have wanted something, or else I just wanted to explore one of the side streets. Unfortunately, I picked the one we took when we went for the water taxi ride on the Mekong. It was fine. I wasn't very far from the hotel. I took a few photos of a temple on my way to the main street and then bought a Lao beer at the free concert area where I listened to a musical ensemble for a bit. I then decided my next goal should be a nutella-mango crepe for dinner. If I had realized how far I had to walk through the night market to get there, I might have left that task for tomorrow, but I persevered and finally got to my destination. The crepe vendor recognized me and put out a stool for me, which I left to hop up and get some photos of her making my crepe. It was very good and I managed to finish it without tripping or dropping it as I made my way through the hordes of tourists strolling through the night market. I then checked out the performance area but the show seemed to be in Lao so I gave up. It was already 7 pm. I headed for my room, but had to go out to get the Lao beer opened in the lobby. Now time for my photo uploading. I tried to get on the wi-fi but I couldn't send any photos from the i-phone and I haven't been able to search Josh's facebook so I can send him a condolence message.