Luang Prabang - more my size
Trip Start Jan 13, 2013
21Trip End Feb 05, 2013
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Grand Luang Prabang hotel is situated on grounds of the Xiengkeo Palace which belonged to the famous nationalist hero of Luang Prabang, Prince Phetsarath. He chose this site for tranquility, its stunning views of the mighty Mekong River, and the breathtaking landscape of mountains surrounding Luang Prabang
Welcomed to Laos with a traditional baci - a wonderful ceremony used in Laos for almost every occasion. First chanting and blessing by an elder from the town, then tying many strings around our wrists for good luck
Will be arising at 5AM to observe tak baat or alms giving.in town - a daily morning ritual in which the monks walk through town and are given sticky rice or other food by people from the town (who want to gain merit for themselves and their families.)
The hotel manager has rescued several water buffalo who live on the grounds and eat grass (and alas shrubs and flowers as well). He rescued two, one thing led to another and now there are five. Cool animals! Although it is a bit disconcerting to walk out on the patio of our room and come nose to nose with a water buffalo drinking from the little pond behind out room. They are an impressive size but seem pretty easy-going. One man appears to have the job of following them around to keep them from eating any shrub completely to the ground or trampling any tourists.
Actually, we have noticed that the stray dogs - which are everywhere and look pretty well-fed - are laid back, too. You hardly ever hear them barking. Perhaps they are also Buddhist?