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Today we got up at 4:30 to watch the Morning Alm, a ceremony in which the people in the town donate sticky rice to the monks. The monks come out of the temple each holding their own silver pot. It is customary and polite to be lower than the monks so the people sit on low chairs or steps when the monks come and they give each monk a handful of sticky rice. It was very interesting to watch. We went to an area that was not too crowded ...
... it. We met up with KK ready for our half day explore of the town. Our first stop was so close to the hotel that we really should have walked but it gave our driver something to do for 5 minutes! We got to the base of Mt Phousi for the 328 step climb to the stupa at the top. It was a nice walk and not too hot and the views were sensational. KK told us a lot of the history, politics and issues of Laos. Our next stop was to a couple of temples which ...
... So if you are looking for pristine forests, mountains, waterfalls and lakes this is definitely a great place to visit - and although the country is not very well developed it is really easy to travel here. You have frequent long distance bus services connecting towns and villages at a very affordable price (about €5 for a 4h bus ride) and the English language capabilities of most people is good enough to get you from A to B without too ...
... mysterious and untouched though- we were able to freely stroll around and pose for pictures without any restrictions which was nice. The terrible war scars are clear to be seen in this region though (being relatively near the Vietnamese border) with markers along the paths indicating that this areas have been cleared of unexploded bombs and several huge craters from ones that did explode on impact, taking several of the ancient jars with them.
We took another minibus back ...
Luang Prabang is located at the junction of the Mekong and Nam Khan Rivers and is lovely. The old part of the town is like a little bit of Europe in the middle of Asia. It’s a leftover from when it was a French territory. Most of the houses in this part of the town are now guesthouses but they have maintained their charm. The restaurants are good here too. And