Day 18: Luang Prabang

Trip Start Dec 26, 2012
Trip End Jan 29, 2013

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Monday, January 14, 2013

The bus was sooo uncomfortable last night. Although we were on the VIP bus (which we learned later doesn't really mean much), the seats were very crammed together and super uncomfortable. Marty was so cramped that if the person in front of him leaned their chair back slightly, I'm pretty sure his legs would have broken. Also we made all of our pee stops on the 14 hour bus ride on the side of the road so girls had to squat in front of the bus beside the boys peeing. Seriously, it was awful.

Anyways neither of us got very much sleep and so we exhausted when we arrived in Luang Prabang. Don and Chris, our two friends, joined us for breakfast at a cafe. We also bumped into another friend we had met in Hauy Xai. After breakfast we split ways; Chris and Don heading to a near by waterfall and me and Marty deciding to take it relatively easy.

We ended up going to a hill temple, Phu Si, near by ( not exactly super easy because of the 350 stairs to get there). I had seen in a market we went through that some of the local women were selling birds jammed into tiny little cages and I vowed to buy some and set them free. So, on the way to the top of the temple, I bought some. Then I found out the point was to release the birds at the top of the temple as wishes, so really all I did was support her business.. Oops. The view was amazing from the top of the temple though the temple itself left something to be desired. Letting the birds free was a lot of fun though.

We then went searching for a relaxing pub along the Mekong that our friend Ben had told us about. We found the rickety bamboo bridge that crossed the river as he had described but once we crossed it, were unable to find the actual pub. We did walk by a lady weaving scarves however which was neat really neat. So we gave up looking for the pub and headed back across the bridge to a restaurant. We grabbed some food quickly then headed to another temple, Wat Xieng Thong, on the way back to meet Chris and Don for dinner.

We all headed to a buffet market where for a dollar you can fill your plate with as much market food as possible. It was awesome. We then said goodbye to Chris, as he was on another night bus in an hour (poor guy), and then headed to the night market which was alot of fun.

At about 8:30, we decided it was bedtime. Hopefully tomorrow we will have more energy to do the waterfall.
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elva&ian on

EXCITING! Sounds like the gibbon adventure had a lot of 'zip' to it! You are both doing so much walking are you considering this a 'weight loss' program? Continue to enjoy every moment - and oh yeh Blog!

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