Too many steps in this heat!

Trip Start Oct 04, 2011
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Trip End Nov 29, 2011


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Monday, October 10, 2011



Caught a boat across the Mekong this morning to Chomphet - had to clamber down the muddy bank to get on it and then climb up the bank on the other side. I think we were ripped of as it cost 25,000 Kip on the way over (about £2.50) and only 10,000 kip on the way back on the “car ferry” - this holds one car and several motor bikes!

Walked though the village and to several temples which were nice as they were off the tourist track but not as impressively carved and gilded as the ones in the main area - however we had miscalculated the money and couldn’t go in all of them as we would not have been able to get back on the ferry! We just can’t get our heads round money with so many 0000s in it! Got 1 million kip later in the morning at the money exchange - seems like a fortune but is only about £100.

Very ,very hot today so we retired back to the hotel and David tried out the pool and I was going to sit on the balcony and read - however when I saw that the temperature on the balcony was 45 degrees centigrade I changed my mind and sat in the room with the air conditioning on high! At least it is only 50% humidity - not the 98% that it was in the hotel on the Mekong.

After a long rest and a cool down we decided that it would be a really good idea to climb the 328 steps to the top of Mount Phu Si - the hill in the centre of Luang Prabang. In reality it was not that good an idea and by the time we had reached the top you could have wrung us out but the views were worth it and on the way down we stopped at a small temple and one of the monks - probably about 15 years old - asked us to help him with his English homework - hopefully he’ll get top marks for it.

As we had not had nearly enough adventure for the day we thought we’d then go to a café which had been recommended to us across the Nam Khan river - the guide book said go across the Bamboo bridge (which sounds a little dangerous at the best of times) but as the river is still very high the bamboo bridge was not there and the café provided a free boat service - in a very small boat which sat very low in the water and rocked from side to side when you tried to get into it. That coupled with the muddy river banks and the current which meant that the guy rowing the boat had to aim the boat upstream of where we wanted to go and then row frantically to get it to stop at the right place, meant that I spent the time we were having our drink and pancakes with banana and chocolate worrying about the return journey (which was even more tricky as there were two other people in the boat as well). But the café was in a beautiful location so it was worth it

Another walk back through the night market resisting temptation and buying an Oreo cookie and iced coffee milk shake and we are back in the hotel on our last night in Luang Prabang.
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