A night market is held down the main street every night, very differrent than the others we have been to it`s very tidy and only sells local crafted goods which is nice, the women sit sewing in very poor light until about 10 oclock.
There are lots of temples in Luang and their are monks of all ages everywhere!! we were lucky enough to hear them playing their rythmic beat on their instruments one day. Someone told us if we got up early enough (6 30!!!!) we would be rewarded by catching all the monks of the area doing their alms rounds, the monks walk silently down the street in procession carrying pots in to which members of the public (who sit kneeling on the sidewalk) put gifts of sticky rice, they then return to the temple, it is a very spiritulist ritual and the monks are very reveared, it was certainly a colourful spectacle and well worth getting up for. One day we walked up 340 steps to the top of mount phousi which is the main temple landmark in Luang, on the way up i was persuaded to buy a sparrow in a little wicker cage and told to let it out when i reached the buddah as it was good luck, don`t know about that as I nearly didn`t make it to top without oxygen!! and when I got there couldn`t get the thing out!! kev had to dismantle the whole thing!! haha
All in all we really enjoyed Luang Prabang, so much so we stayed an extra night and on our last night we went to a sort of meditation garden bar called utopiah set on the river and watched the stars it was truly magical.....Are we turning into hippies???
Well here we are in yet another country! Luang Prabang is set on a penninsula between the mighty Mekong and the Nam Khan rivers. Its a small town and is quite flat with hills in the distance, you can cycle around most of it in a day (and we did! ) Luang is surprisingly french colonial in appearence in places and has lots of french restaurants it`s quite a pleasing eclectic mix of east meets west but is still very authentic Laos. We managed to get booked into a little guest house and went off to explore the town and grab something to eat we didn`t have to look to far as there are restaurants everywhere covering every cuisine you could wish for and very cheap! Kev is in heaven as laos beer down to 60p for a large bottle (pint and a half)