Bohemian Luang Prabang, Mr Tampon and Breakdancing

Trip Start Sep 15, 2012
Trip End May 01, 2013

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

With a well deserved lie in, by the time we got dressed and left the hotel it was practically lunchtime - and just around the corner from our lovely GH we happened upon the reputable LPB (Luang Prabang Bakery). Far from just being a bakery it served some tasty local cuisine so we tried some exotic fare and did a bit of people watching over a tall ice coffee.

Fully sustained we browsed the shops and just a few feet away we couldn't help but spend five minutes oggling some very attractive sun-visors - some even had built in battery operated fans and sunglasses (like the Go-go Gadget version of sun visors...). Strangely, Paula wasn't able to find one to her taste - Vikki struggled to find one that would fit her head...

Just a few doors down, like a magpie attracted to shiny glittery things, Vikki found a tray of silver rings and was drawn to one in particular that she thought would make a lovely gift for her sister. No sooner had she tried it on than it became obvious it would never leave Vikki's finger - she fell in love with it immediately (sorry Jo...!).

We wandered aimlessly along the quaint streets (Luang Prabang is quite beautiful - it forms a peninsular at the point where two rivers converge) and along the way we bumped into Sampon (we called him Tampon...cos we're not childish at all - he didn't seem to mind...) who apparently sleeps in his taxi by the river and tries to tout passing tourists for excursions. He succeeded with us where many others had failed and we negotiated his services for the following day for the princely sum of $20. He would meet us at 9am and take us into the countryside to visit the gorgeous waterfalls there. We shook hands and parted company as we were enroute to sign up for a Thai cookery course we had read about.

By the time we got to Tamarind Restaurant there were no spaces left on the course so we decided we had had enough of being productive and cultural and went for a beer or two. At this point we discovered we were having a bit of a money issue. We were fast running out of local currency, didn't want to incur fees for withdrawing more (or get stuck with too much unusable currency) so we bought a couple of cans of Sprite from a street vendor and drank the remainder of our Sang Som whilst smoking really cheap local cigarettes (not the cheapest by far, we were yet to find out!).

Feeling ever more resourceful, we remembered a bar from earlier (Hot Chillies) which happily accepted Visa with no transaction charges! We headed there to make a night of it once the Thai whisky was gone only to stumble upon a breakdancing show on a bambooo stage out of the back of the pub! Perfect! Numerous Laos 'Yoof' with shaved heads and baggy pants were stomping on the stage like they actually believed it was structurally sound and what a performance they gave! Great fun - Vikki had to stop Paula from doing a headspin on the table and Paula caught Vikki moonwalking to the bar...;)

We complimented our cocktails and cheap house white with pizza and potato salad and congratulated ourselves on our success! Tired and emotional, we headed back tot he hotel and back flipped into bed...
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annewardell on

Did I read the photo caption correctly?? Has Vikki already lost the ring that she fell in love with earlier that day??!! Xxx

scouski on

It was a relationship destined to fail...Vikki took that splendid ring off in Luang Prabang airport to wash her hands and so now the cleaner is the proud owner of a lovely silver horn of!

annewardell on

We're just about to get in the car & leave Wales for the drive home - might you be on Skype in around 6 hours? Xxxxx

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