Luang Prabang - Jewel of the Mekong
Trip Start Mar 18, 2009
134Trip End Jan 12, 2010
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In the evening a night market appears along the main street, it is the most relaxed market we have been to so far, no high-pressure sales, no shouting. There were lots of really delightful souvenirs. We wished we were here on a 2 week break and could fill our backpacks with lanterns, wooden statues of figures with conical hats etc and fly home. Paul really wanted a silver buddha and I really wanted a silver necklace with a frangipani flower, and there are some lovely fabrics to turn into wall-hangings but budget and backpack space wouldn't allow indulgences. We bought some little paintings of buddhas, a few t-shirts and some irresistable tiny baby slippers.
One morning we got up early hoping to catch the monks recieving alms, but we must have been too late, so we settled for a wander around the fresh produce market - definitely a good idea to visit it before the sun rises and the meat and fish start to smell!
We saw lots of Monks wandering around, working and at dusk the sound of chanting and drums fills the air - magical. Paul got very clever with the camera settings and the monk's washing lines.
Luang Prabang is truly charming, we spent a lot of time just sitting, eating great food and drinking Beerlao and watching the world go by.
I've been battling a cold, which I must have caught from the snotty drunken students in Vang Vieng. It's not fair being ill on holiday - but when you're on holiday for a year I suppose its to be expected. If I wasn't all sniffy we would have packed in a trip out to the waterfalls, but Paul made me rest up so that we're 100% ready for our next adventure (which has Paul very excited and me quite nervous) ... living with gibbons !
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