Festive season in Luang Prabang
Trip Start Oct 15, 2010
27Trip End Jan 11, 2011
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On boxing day it was time to leave the luxury and face the reality of our budget
After about five days in town we started looking at exploring further afield. However, as we sourced information on various destinations we found the idea of long, arduous bus journeys to get there too tiring to contemplate. Knowing that we were almost at the end of our trip we just didn't have the energy for it. Instead we decided to hang out in Luang Prabang for a bit longer. In the end we made it our home for a full ten days, the longest we've stayed in any one place.
By the 29th of December we were starting to feel fat and unhealthy from lazing around eating filled croissants and various Laos specialties. This inspired us to go for a good two and a half hour walk around town that took us out of the tourist district through the local suburbs, which made for a nice change of scene
That night, I admit, I had the worst diarrhea I've had on the trip yet. I was still feeling a little unwell the following morning. Later that day we ran into the couple from Melbourne we had befriended while kayaking and found out that they had fared no better, so realised the culprit must have been the yummy lunch we had been provided with the day before. Nathan started feeling queasy in the afternoon, but luckily it had passed by evening. We had a late dinner and then headed out to join in the New Years festivities. We made for a traveler's bar, called Utopia, that had been advertising a party
The following morning was a bit dire and we did as little as possible on New Years Day. We had no such luxury on the 2nd of January, however, as we had a big day of cooking planned. We had booked into a class with one of the best known restaurants in town, Tamarind. It started in the usual way with a trip to the markets, then we were taken a little way out of town to the teaching venue. We made a couple of nice dishes, including the stuffed lemongrass we both love, but were disappointed with others, such as the Luang Prabang stew, whose flavours did not sit well with us at all. However, we always enjoy doing a group activity every now and then and getting to know some nice people, this time yet another couple from Melbourne
Our last night in Luang Prabang consisted of a final visit to the excellent night markets, which has the best souvenir shopping we've come across on our travels. We found the town a great place to relax for a while, and soon slipped into 'Laos time', perhaps too well. Despite spending ten days in the little town we failed to make it to some of the region's prime attractions, such as the famous waterfalls, handicraft villages and even the daily monk procession right in the centre of town (voluntarily get up before 6am? You've got to be joking!) On the other hand we spent our time doing exactly what we wanted to - chilling out and settling down for a little while.