Trip Start Sep 19, 2010
54Trip End Sep 19, 2011
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We woke up around 12 ish and went out for a wander. The town and yes you guessed it sits on the banks of the Mekong River. This is the last place we will see this river again until we get to it's Delta in Vietnam. Luang Prabang is a lovely little place, it has a certain charm about the place and Cathy and I decided to extend our stay right away
There is a night market and if I'd been on a 2 week holiday I could have spent a fortune on souvenirs. But we have gotten used to not buying, you see when backpacking the more stuff you have the more you gotta carry!! We have both ditched all kinds of stuff since we set off. I have dumped my favorite jeans even. But I have on the other hand gained quite a few new T- shirts and I must have 50 at home I never wear!!??
We called into a travel agent as we needed to find out the easiest and cheapest way of getting to Chiang Mai in Thailand. We were told there was 2 options for budget travelers.
1 The bus which takes 14 hours just to reach the boarder and God knows how long after that.
2 The slow boat on the Mekong which takes 2 days and is normally packed and if all the seats are taken you sit on the floor!!
On our wanderings about town we found a fantastic little hotel down a quiet side street that would do us for our last few days in town. It was brand new and it was like a four star hotel room. We asked the price and were happy at the answer £16. So we booked 3 nights with them.
LP has a great Cafe scene and the choice of Restaurants is vast. We even dabbled in the street food, I had a great BBQ fish one day and they also did pork chunks on a stick that was really nice on a morning in a French stick. The French gave Indochina something at least and that was good bread.
One thing I have yet to mention about our travels around Cambodia and Laos is the sight of Saffron clad Monks. You actually see them all the time and every time it thrills me. That's the most Asian sight of all in my eyes and I love to see them.
On the day before we left we booked a trip to see some caves about 2 hours up the river
I am writing this on my last day in Chiang Mai, we are booked on the overnight sleeper train to Bangkok this afternoon and as soon as we get in we are jumping on a bus to Rayong to meet up with my Cousin James who is working out here at the moment. Aaah, back on the road again, its a good feeling.