Day 12 - late afternoon
Day 6 of Indochina Encompassed Tour
It was 3:30pm when we disembarked from the longboat in what appeared to be a rural area right next to the Mekong River. Young locals came running towards us and grabbed our bags and suitcases. They wanted to carry them up the sandy hill and the many steps that followed.
Michel would have carried them himself and even though he actually did so for half the way up, he soon got tired of the entire load and gladly gave in by handling them over to the first local fellow who came to his rescue.
And where was I during the entire time! I was already up standing at the top of the sandy hill and watched everything! Maybe I should have given poor Michel a helping hand! Hehehe!
My two days of cruising down the Mekong River were now done and over with. We had now reached our destination point after having travelled on the river for a good 15 hours in total! One thing was sure! What an incredible journey it's been!
We rapidly boarded the back of a truck which had several rows of benches for us to sit on and a canopy over our heads. While choosing to sit in the last row, I had the luxury of feeling all of the bumps encountered along the route which made me jump from side to side. At least I didn’t fell off and enjoyed this thrilling ride while capturing the vistas.
Half an hour later, we arrived in Luang Prabang, a city with a population of around 50,000 and well known for its numerous Buddhist temples and monasteries amongst so many other interesting sites. A city also recognized by UNESCO. This ought to mean something I was fast to tell Michel.
Keys to our rooms were given and up those many steps, we climbed once more way up to the third floor. Sorry, no elevators here! The name of the place was the Rama Hotel, a nice hotel well centered in this part of the city.
Without wasting any more minutes and after a nice shower and change of clothes, I was out those doors and heading towards the river which according to Kit, promised terrific views of the sunset!Monique :-)