Listening to the body
Trip Start Jan 09, 2013
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On the fourth day today, I feel much better. But being sick is expensive!
I bought an entire season of Revenge for $20 which I am almost done with, having in bed for 4 days! And now that I am hooked I must go buy season 2 :-P.
I also craved comfort food, so I ended up splurging on expensive western food to make myself feel better (psychologically at least)
During the months of March - June, the northern regions of Thailand, Laos and Vietnam undergo a Burning Season, whereby the farms in the mountains are burned down in preparation for the new crop season. During these months, the entire northern region across these countries are cloudy and foggy from a dense smog. In Thailand, the smog was evident but not detrimental to my sightseeing agenda. Only once, I was disappointed in Chiang Mai when I made a trip to the top of a mountain but couldn't see the view of the city below.
But here in Luang Prabang, the smog is so much worse.
The sky is so hazy.
What must be some mountain ranges in the horizon is hardly visible.
Yesterday I took a hike up Phousi, where there is supposed to be a panoramic view of the city, wats, and the rivers. The visibility was so poor and the view was disappointing :-(
But there is an amazing effect of the smog on a sunset
I snapped several pictures but unfortunately the color never turned out.
So I just sat by the river bank, drank a local BeerLao and enjoyed the sunset all by myself :)
Speaking of beer, I have never been a fan of beers. But out here, the beers are so cheap I was pretty much forced to convert. In Thailand, Chang beer was a good choice as the alcohol content was 6.5% and I got a good buzz after just one beer. In Laos, the local BeerLao is only 5%2525 but it tastes pretty good, particularly after a hot, humid day! For a $1, who can pass it up!
Another thing I am loving about Laos is that coins do not exist here! All the denominations are in paper form. Isn't this brilliant?! Why hasn't the whole world caught onto this system?? Why do we need coins? I love that I never have to get rid of coins and my wallet is always light.
And for the first time in my life, I withdrew a MILLION in the ATM. A million Kip, that is (equivalent of about $130)...still the experience made me feel so rich!! :-D
Tomorrow I decided to head a bit north about 4 hours from here to a town called Nong Khiaw. It's supposed to be a bit more quaint, with stunning limestone cliff views by the river. Hoping to enjoy one more week in northern Laos before heading back to the beach in Thailand :)