Wats, markets and waterfalls!
Trip Start Nov 26, 2007
88Trip End Nov 26, 2008
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The journey itself wasnt too bad, sleep was impossible as the roads twisted up and down mountains and for 2 of the 9 hours i was bursting for a pee - i had to jump out the bus window and run to the bushes when he finally stopped! the bus was so old he couldnt stop on an unhill slope for fear of it never getting going again - i wasnt the only person to jump out the window and the bus had come to a complete stop! on some of the uphills we couldve walked faster than the bus and again frustratingly in 9 hours we only covered 220km!!
The scenery had changed again, gone are the sharp jagged limestone karsts now we were into rolling rounded mountains that went on and on. one road cut across some of them but most just had a footpath winding across them. All of them were covered in dense jungle with a small wooden hut every now and agian in a cleared area now filled with banana trees. We would pass through villages where the houses were now not on stilts but on the ground with no windows - it was colder up here and no risk of flooding from the monsoon. the little hill tribe villages were filled with different people all who stopped and stared when they saw us!
When we finally got to Luang Prebang we ate a lovely dinner with rod, isobelle and sean. tom and i went local and had buffalo skin dip, dried river moss, cracked pork (massive pork scratchings!), stew and sticky rice. it was all gorgeous - stew was mega spicey though!
Luang Prebang is beautiful full of old french colonial houses, buddhist wats and night markets - it was quite touristy but a lovely place. We went to Wat Xieng Thong - LP's most important wat and visited Tat Kuang Si waterfall which had lovely bathing pools of aqua water
enough gushing you ve got to read toms installment on Nam Tha (well you dont HAVE to) that he's writing next to me!
Hope everyone is well and you'll be pleased to know tom has agreed (under duress) to shave after becky, chris and sarah have seen his 'beard'....only a few days to go now, really looking forward to seeing them!!