BBQ'ed lungs anyone???
Trip Start Jul 17, 2012
19Trip End Jun 01, 2013
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Luang Phrabang Night Market
We arrived in the rain. It started as small drops, it continued as big drops. As we unloaded our bags from the boat, very happy to be on dry land again (I think Andrew was happiest) the monks were practising for a riverboat race! None the less with them doing that our main priority was to get out of the rain. We had no idea where our new home was. Louise made the decision that a tuk-tuk was required. We asked the drivers if they knew where Khammany Inn was. They assured us they did and that it was too far to walk to (well of course they would). We agreed a price and in we piled. Our driver took off. Heading in a definite direction. At first we were glad we were in the tuk-tuk it seemed far away and it was chucking it down. The driver then began a routine of slowing down and peering at various hostels along the way. Then he swung around and headed in the opposite direction. We started to get suspicious at this point. Then he stopped dead, turned off the engine and pulled out his phone and made a call
The receptionist was really lovely and a wee slip of a Laotian, despite this she insisted on carrying most of our bags up the tiled white floors, up a flight of stairs and to our rooms. When checking in somewhere new there is always an air of trepidation as to what one is just about to walk into. We unlocked the door. The room was fantastic. Big comfy looking double bed, immaculate white mosquito net hanging from the ceiling, big French shutter doors, huge bathroom/wet-room, wardrobe, fridge, TV, massive mirror (not that I wanted to look in it right then, two days on a boat...). The room was fantastic and cost about £7-8 each!! I was in heaven. We went to our separate rooms and I couldn't get in to the shower quick enough. Andrew did the now compulsory bed-bug check. Needless to say it passed. This was a world away from the last two places we had stayed. It was siesta time prior to our agreed rendezvous time for dinner.
We decided we'd go for a wander before resting on somewhere for dinner
Our first full day began with a great breakfast and we then proceeded to go for a long stroll around the town. Today was a scorcher. The rain had gone away and the sun was out. We meandered around for a while and lunched. We then decided we'd have a massage. The three of us decided on a hot oil massage. We were shown round the back. On the floor was a row of mats, I think there were four. These were separated by curtains. we were motioned to undress and lie down. It was pretty funny. We did that and the 'masseuse' came and pulled the curtains between us. It was very different to the massage we had in Thailand. Here they slopped oil around bent us and manipulated things a bit
We met up later that evening and decided to go for the Korean BBQ. This is where the madness started. It was a set fee per head then they put this big fire in a bucket, basically, then they give you this thing that sits on top to BBQ your food on. You help yourself to the food, as much of it as you like and sure have a few beers (rather litres of beer) while you're at it! It was a great night. Great dinner and we got suitably drunk for good measure. And just to make sure we were going to get a good nights rest we stopped off for a beer on the way home. A large bottle each....
The plan of getting up at 06.00 to go and see the alms being performed needless to say did not happen. Today we were failures. Myself and Andrew were a tad bit fuzzy from the night before. At some hour of the morning we had a knock on the door from our friendly neighbour. She wasn’t in a good way. She had a way about her that said I maybe dying. Poor Lou was going nowhere today and came out especially to tell us this and to request some water. We lay in bed for another while until we were hungry. I decided to go check on Lou on our way out. She simply requested a muffin of some variety, a take away coffee, and some cough syrup. I left her with some tiger balm to keep her company. So with our shopping list we braved the hot day to get some brunch. After eating we headed off for a pharmacy of some kind. We found one. I asked to see all their cough remedies and decided the one with the opium would do best. It was called ‘Brown Mixture’
With Louise feeling much better later on we made a brief visit to another pharmacy and decided we’d go for a walk to the top of the hill to see the Golden Stupa. Was a great idea at the time? We didn’t take in to account how bleedin’ hot it was or how unfit we were (me and Lou). We arrived at the top drenched in our own sweat. Wasn’t such a good look. However the views were amazing. We then made our way down to the market where Louise bought some elephant trousers and I bought a second pair. We’d never looked so hot (quite literally). We were also quite starved. After walking around for about twenty minutes and no one making a decision I took the bull by the horns and went to the nearest place. And sat. Underneath three fans. And drank. Lots of cold non-alcoholic beverages. Then we ate amazing food. When we’d eaten Andrew decided he’d had enough for one day
Woke up a bit rough around the edges this morning I must admit. As we headed out to breakfast we booked our minibus to Vang Vieng (tubing central)