Day Two on the Mekong

Trip Start Oct 04, 2011
Trip End Nov 29, 2011

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Saturday, October 8, 2011

Another lousy night’s sleep (for me at least) - this is getting to be a habit! And another early morning wake up call for the second leg of the Mekong cruise. Yet more amazing jungle, villages, fishermen and fishing poles/nets. This time the river was much rougher and we went over several sets of small rapids and wound our way from side to side to avoid rocks in the water - it must be extremely difficult when the water is slightly higher,.

Stopped at a silk weaving/rice whisky village and were confronted with the small children asking for dollars again. The main lane through the village was full of stalls selling beautiful hand woven scarves and runners - and yes, I succumbed and bought one - it was very cheap!!! We also tried some of the local rise whisky - David though it was good but the little sip I had was more than enough! You could even buy woven silk clothes for Barbie and Ken - every little girls dream!

Before we arrived at Luang Prabang we stopped at the Pak Ou caves to see the statues of Buddha which are there - 4,500 in the lower cave and 2,500 in the upper cave (up 250 steps in about 35 degrees C).

Finally we arrived at Luang Prabang and were taken to the hotel passing the most amazing temples on the way. I think we are going to like this place.

The hotel is very stylish and has the most amazing orange kimono style bathrobes and matching slippers!

Then had a wander round the night market - and a lot of restraint on my behalf as everything is very cheap and there are some beautiful bags and scarves. But I am the proud possessor of a bracelet of coloured strings which will bring me good luck - the little girl selling it was so sweet and said she was getting money so she could pay for English lessons - I fell for it!

Are very confused with the currency - I think we are just tired - but we went to the ATM and took out 10,000 kip - which we thought was a lot of money - but when we worked it out was only 80p (I expect the charges come to more than that!!).

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Peter on

You are going to spend a lot of money if you fall for every cute kid wanting a dollar on this trip :) - wait till you get to Angkor - there's thousands of them! (Especially bad at the back entrance to Ta Promh - brace yourselves!)

dwmjmm on

Its either buy a bracelet or adopt them! And I don't think Iain and Philip would be impressed with the latter option

Peter on

Nothing wrong with a bit of competition!

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