19-20 Dec Luang Prabang, charming town comes alive

Trip Start Dec 13, 2012
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Trip End Dec 31, 2012


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Mekong Moon Inn

, Louangphabang,
Thursday, December 20, 2012

Luang Prabang, a place where it's sandwich between 2 rivers, a place where temperature drops in the evening and comes alive in the wee early morning. A mixture of french heritage and it's local tribesmen. A centre for craftsmen and buddhist's temples. The mighty mekong river stretches from Thailand to Laos(maybe further); the river of life, the source of food and water for human beings. It is the miracle of evolutionary life in this area.
On my way from Kammi to Joma i ate Baguette with scramble eggs for breakfast. Walk further down and check into Mekong Moon Inn (USD 15/Nite), I am right in the centre of LB town, 50 Metres away from Mekong River and 50 away from the central night market. After checking in, i book a trip to KuangSi Waterall (50,000 kip). It was an hour mini van ride and within the sanctuary, there are captured blackbears that were saved from the poachers. You need to take a short walk up the forest to reach the waterfall. Along the way there are clear pools of water with amazing scenery and water clarity with very cool air(still in the mountains). The higher up you went; the better the view, you can do a monkey swing and dive into the natural pool. Finally we reach the summit and look at the great waterfall.
The driver let us down at the town centre after the trip, i grab a fruit juice mix drink and it was great. A mixture of Dragon fruit, mango, banana and some other stuff for like 2 dollars. I manage to capture the mekong river and walk on the streets a short while before i retire myself at the hotel. The noon sun was very strong. LB weather was chill in the morning and late evening, hot in the afternoon and dry humidity.
6pm, did the mekong massage Lao's style for an hour(50,000 Kip) and at 7pm i met Vincent and Julia and a contagion of United Nations for a 10,000 Kip BUffet at the night market. I couldn't remember all their names but there are English, Australian, American, French & German. I spoke to Carolina from Deutche the most as she is a social worker on child and women abuse, mostly sharing her experience in India's Bangalore. We had a few drinks and ended the night at 10pm as most shops would close by then. Weed, opium and drugs are easily accessible in LB, the guys went for some happy hour while i retire myself early.
Following morning, i had the best Chee Cheong fun Lao's style and Pho. I had miss the trip to Pak Ou Caves where the BUddhist Statues are; they have only a trip at 8am in the morning. I did a town trek following the lonely planet guidelines throughtout the whole morning. In the afternoon i decide to take the narrow laotian boat to go across the great Mekong River to visit the temples and village over at the other bank. It was my last day in LB, i am leaving for Vientiane the next day at 7am.
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