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Laos - Luang Prabang

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When we arrived in Luang Prabang from our Mekong cruise we were separated in to minibuses to be ferried to our respective hotels. We were the last to be dropped off but we couldn’t find our hotel! After driving around for nearly an hour we decided to stop off at a hotel and ask for directions.

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Turns out the hotel we asked directions for was the hotel we were looking for! They had changed their name but had yet to update their details on the booking websites! Cheers then! We had passed it several times already!
Tired and hungry we dropped the bags off and headed in to town to explore the night market and find somewhere to eat. The market was quaint with wonderful trinkets of interest and exquisite pieces of art which we wished we could take with us.
Then down a small side alley we found a what could only be described as a busy street food court. The smells were delightful emanating from foods we could not describe!

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We chose an ‘All You Can Eat’ stall, paid our thirty thousand Kip (£2.84) and went on to fill our plates with as much as we could. The food was delicious but neither of us could tell you exactly what most of it was!
The following day we explored the small colonial city rich in a troubled and diverse history as reflected in the architecture on show, having suffered invasions from the Vichy French, Thai armies and Imperial Japanese forces.

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But today the only invasion came from paying tourists. (Of which there were many!)
Here is where the Nam Khan River meets the Mekong.
The temples in Luang Prabang showed remarkable attention to the smallest details in the buildings and surrounding areas.

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We finished up our exploration with a steep hike up Mount Phousi in the centre of the city to watch a spectacular sun set.
The following day we jumped on a Sŏrngtăaou (Pronounced ‘Song-chow’. A pick up truck re-purposed to hold passengers in the back.) and headed out to the Kuang Si Waterfalls.

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Before we entered the waterfall area there was a sanctuary for Sun Bears (Or alternatively called Moon Bears.) that had been rescued from poachers. Unfortunately these bears would not survive in the wild if they were released as they had been taken as young pups but were clearly well looked after here and appeared to be happy in their surroundings.

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The Kuang Si Waterfalls, much like the sticky waterfalls of Bua Tong in Thailand were formed from the mineral deposits left from the flowing water. Hannah, as usual, couldn’t wait to jump in to the jade waters in one of the lagoons that allowed swimming.
There were several magnificent waterfall formations winding up to the dazzling main waterfall at the top. Being the crazy explorers we are (And a glutton for self punishment!) we chose to climb the cliff-side to the top of the waterfall.

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At the top it appeared that the jungle had been flooded as the water had settled here before crashing over the waterfall. An eerie experience.
After a short while we climbed down the other side back to the foot of the waterfall and made our way back to the Sŏrngtăaou which took us the forty five minutes drive back in to Luang Prabang.

Link to our Luang Prabang Gallery here.

Posted by philosipha 19:24 Archived in Laos Tagged waterfall street_food

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