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As with the trip up from Viang Vieng, the journey to Luang Prabang was equally breathtaking – we stopped for lunch at the village at the junction with Routes 1 and 7 again and continued our way north in the afternoon, arriving at about 3 pm. We got dropped off at a small bus station outside the town itself and took a tuk tuk to the town where …
... best hotel in town with nobody but us there; also the low season for tourists. We took a bus to the Kong Lo Cave. Pestered by flies and decrepit crones the bus picked up at roadside stalls who'd pay try to sell us sweetcorn, beaten meat on skewers and something wrapped in jungle leaves. The dirty yellow curtain kept on flapping in my face throughout the journey; black with oil and gunk. Farms. Cows, calves, pigs, piglets, chickens, chicks, buffalo, turkeys, ducks, ducklings. ...
Our arrival in Laos coincided with Pi Mai Lao (New Year), a three day celebration traditionally a ceremony with water to bless, clean and purify before the New Year, but basically a three day water fight. The first signs of which was in a bar in Vientiane (our first stop in Laos), where every now and then the music would stop and everyone drinking would be soaked with water.
Vientiane is probably the smallest capital I have ...
Left Lao Lu lodge early, went to .... shop to meet our guide (Mãd?) and other traveller (from Singapore) Boat ride across Mekong river. Then truck drove to village where we started the hiking. Crossed rice fields (no rice this time of the year). Up hill we go for 2,5 hours! Very exhausting if you're not in a good shape (like me). Lunch in the top on the Hmong village. Then 4 hours up and down hill to Khmu village. Truck picked us up there. I almost cried from exhaustion! ...
... Nestled in the lower cave was a shrine and thousands of Buddha icons.
Food: Lunch on the boat was delicious – pork with pumpkin soup, stir fried chicken with basil leaves, fried fish with eggplant. Dinner was a the Salt and Pepper restaurant where we enjoyed watercress soup, spring roll, sweet and sour fish, stir fried chicken with ginger and ice cream for ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsVilla Champa Luang Prabang
We arrived at Villa Champa not having booked it after a long two day slow boat from Thailand. We got a really decent price for what it was one of the best rooms we had in our 2 month trip. After a few days roughing it up a bit, it felt very luxurious. The young man at reception was friendly and sweet and the nice big shower felt amazing; no wet bathrooms, aleluia!
The location is great, close to everything in the centre of town and we even got a nice balcony which we should have used more. Breakfast was not included but there are some great places in Luang Prabang (not that cheap though!).
Would recommend Villa Champa to any flashpackers arriving in Luang Prabang!
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