Flotsom From LPB

Posted on October 15, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Hey hey,

As my partner in crime has said, I should jump in here with some extra
stuff about Luang Prabang. It’s all fading into the distance for me as
we have just spent the last 5 days in Vientiane with family and all of
today travelling on yet another bus. However, I should point out some
of the other things we did in LPB.

So, towering over the center of the old town is Mount Phou Si, at the
very top of which is a wat (temple). When you are at the wat, you have
a great view over greater Luang Prabang, even if it is sometimes
obscured by oddites:

The wat itself isn’t much to talk about, but further down the Mount
there is a selection of buddhas (one for every day of the week), a
small temple in a cave and one of Buddha’s footprints, now housed
underneath a temple roof. Rachel should have some pictures of these up
soon.


One of the day-of-the-week Buddhas.

Speaking of wats, the most inspiring I think I have seen thus far is
Wat Xieng Thong, at the edge of the old town, on the confluence of the
Mekong and the .

There is detailed, beautiful art everywhere of which this is just a tiny sample:

As always, more will be added to our Flickr streams when we get the
time. The wat was the royal wat, founded on the river by one of the
kings of Luang Prabang. As such, it also happens houses royal funeral
chariots and boats, which are no longer used.

The final thing I should add is our night of eating from the night
food market. Held next to the post office in town, a stretch of stalls
about 200 m long on either side of the road hawk steamed fish, phad
lao, noodles soups and local sausages. I got us 4 of the latter along
with some steamed rice, and Rachel bought some grapes from another
stall. Cheap food, and local food (although not as cheap as the
eat-all -you-like vegetarian options) – perfect for a taste of the
city.

We went and sat down on the sidewalk next to the hilltribe night
market, ate with our hands and watched the traffic go by. When we were
done, I got up and bought some cake from another stall (banana cake –
yum), whilst Rachel had her grapes.

Nothing like food to make the world seem even better right?

Right – I should be off. We’re in the border town of Savannakhet and
fly to Cambodia tomorrow morning. We’ll try and dash of a post there
about Vientiane and (as a wee preview), Rachel has some hand made
craft to bring home with her. Which she may have helped create.

Gosh. Can you cope with the excitement? I suspect you probably can.

’til next time folks!

James

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