Sunset at Phu Si Hill

Trip Start Dec 26, 2010
Trip End Feb 03, 2011

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Oudomphong Guesthouse

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Saturday, January 1, 2011

I must had slept forever and a day. Health was at 80% (I thought). Managed to drag myself out of the bed and wandered around town for food. The very first thing I did was to go buy a bottle of alcohol handwash. My conclusion of my illness, was a combination of food poisoning and catching a cold. I must had be lax about my personal hygiene especially when I am immersed in my travels.
At this unassuming shophouse stall which I frequented alot( whipping out the disinfectant first of course), this noodle soup dish that I had only twice during my time here, turned out to be unique to Luang Prabang (as I later found out in Vientiane). If for any reasons I am back in Luang Prabang, I will be tucking in to this fabulous sour spicy noodle soup called Khao Soy. An absolute delight - this chicken stock soup secret was a mysterious condiment possibly made of tomato paste, chilli paste, lime and some other secret ingredients. When stirred in the noodles, it gravied up the soup and you add in fresh basil mint leaves, bean sprouts, lettuce and a squeeze of lime to top it off. This dish alone lifted my health up by a good measure.
Time to plan my route towards eastern Laos. After booking my bus ticket to Phonsavan, the rest of the afternoon was spent resting and catching up on my diary. Mama at Oudomphong was so delighted when I bought a kilo of longans to thank her for her kindness. And then she said this that completely touched my heart "You not well, mama sad. You now well, mama happy, mama happy!" I felt like family to her. A complete stranger yet she treated me like her son. It was the warmest feeling even in the chilly Laotian winter.
At 4pm, I moved my well rested bum uphill to Phu Si for a sunset view of Luang Prabang. What a magnificent view of mist covered hills and glowing redness! Locals were aplenty, paying respects at the hilltop temple while foreigners mesmerised themselves to the picturesque drowsing of the sun. I felt peace right here. If I could I would stop this moment in time. To celebrate my speedy recovery, I had a wonderful Laos cuisine of Olam chicken and watergrass soup with sticky rice at a decent restaurant for dinner.
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