Crossing the border to Laos
Trip Start Jan 04, 2005
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The next morning we were up at 7am, to get the ferry across the Mekong to Huay Xai, in Laos
Eventually we arrived in Luang Prabang, and were very glad to get a nice room with a hot shower and no rats for about 2 pounds each per night. the money here will take a bit of getting used to, at the moment it's about 19000 kip to the pound, so if you change 50 quid you become a millionaire, but then spend it all in a week.
Luang Prabang is a strange, but nice, little town with a French collonial past, so there are lots of nice buildings and the food is generally good, also the views around are stunning
The following day we had planned to visit the caves in the morning and te waterfall in the afternoon, although we forgot we were working on Laos time, similar to Thai time, but possibly even slower. So we got back from the caves (which were rubbish by the way) too late to visit the waterfall so decided to leave that for the next day. The evening was spent eating nice food and then to a local (across the road from our guest house) bar where we ran into a couple more people from Pai.
The next day we set off for the waterfall, an hours drive away. Once we arrived and got our bearings we found a small hostel for some mountain bears and a tiger, which seemed a little out of place as these were the only animals. As we walked up the river we came across lots of nice splash pools and small waterfalls, which seemed to get nicer the further up we got. We got to a small restaurant at the bottom of the main waterfall which was stunning (the waterfall, not the restaurant), but we had heard that the best places were near the top, so we found a path and began hiking. Half an hour later we found what we were looking for, and I can hoestly say I have never seen anything like it. A large splashpool near the top of the fall, which you could jump into from about 10ft, and look over the edge of the waterfall at the 200ft drop, or the most amazing view across a large valley. The photos on here can never do it justice and it was the most breathtaking scene of my trip / life.
After forcing ourselves away from the pool (after many jumps) we worked our way down at stopped off at another pool with a rope swing. The evening was a quiet one after our fun day, and we were due to set off for Vang Vieng the next day.