Monday, April 5, 2010

Travels: Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang is in north central Laos and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is a quiet, beautiful little town, with old French style buildings, lots of palm trees, and an abundance of friendly locals and travellers alike.

On Sunday morning we woke up, switched guesthouses and set out on foot to explore. After walking to Wats (temples), a river-side cafe, the market and an internet cafe we were hot and tired. It was in the high 30's so I guess that's understandable! We had dinner and walked through the night market with friends and then met some other friends for a drink. Luang Prabang has a midnight curfew, so we were home werl before then, tired after a long, hot and active day.

This morning we woke up early in order to be at Big Brother Mouse (a volunteer organization which promotes literacy) only to find that too many volunteers and not enough students had come to the morning session. Luckily they organization also publishes books for kids, and we bought a few pocket sized ones to distribute to kids along our travels.

We then visited Wat Xieng Thong, which was a beautiful temple on the river.

We had breakfast with our new friends, a couple (Ethan and Kailey) at a gorgeous restaurant over looking the river.

As the day got too hot (around 38 today), the four of us found a tuk tuk to take us to a waterfall about 30km from town. We were shocked on the way there to have a group of kids, and then a grown woman douse our truck with buckets of water. We strill arent sure if they are starting the new year festivities early, o0r if it's just a usual occurence! On the way home we were hit about 5 times, but managed to fight back with our own waterbottles.

We arrived at the waterfalls and spent a few hours checking out the different levels of pools, all a bright turquoise blue. It was so nice to have a break from the heat.

So nice in fact that we're planning on going back tomorrow ... but this time armed with water guns of our own!

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