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Houay Sangta

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  • Day162

    Beauty, buddhas & baci in Luang Prabang

    February 6, 2019 in Laos ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    Our last stop before heading “home” to Thailand was Luang Prabang in Laos, another UNESCO World Heritage Centre on our South East Asian tour. We took a riverboat down the mighty Mekong, saw caves littered with age-old Buddha statues, frolicked in 2 beautiful waterfalls, avoided buying scorpion-infused Lao whisky, and were recipients of blessings at a Baci ceremony, a traditional Lao ceremony led by family elders to bring your spirits back together, for luck and strength... oh, and of course, enjoyed a few temples! Luang Prabang is a lovely town absolutely packed with tourists like us, all doing the same things... I would return here, but would spend more time exploring other parts of the country next time.Read more

  • Day71

    On quitte le Vietnam... À nous le Laos !

    November 6, 2019 in Laos ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    C'est en bus que nous quittons le Nord du Vietnam depuis Hanoï : plus de 24h de route de montagnes direction Luang Prabang 😮

    Un "trajet de l'enfer" qui s'est plutôt bien passé, même si comme prévu nous nous sommes fait extorquer de quelques € à la frontière et que les dernières heures ont été assez longues !

    Luang Prabang est une ville très calme avec des alentours splendides !
    Nous avons adoré les cascades de Kuang Si qui nous ont rappelé les lacs de Plitvice en Croatie avec leur couleur d'un bleu azur (malgré que ce lieu attire évidemment beaucoup de touristes...).
    Le marché de nuit et son atmosphère décontractée.
    Les ballades le long du Mekong et la vue depuis le mont Phu Si.
    On a également vu beaucoup de maisons rappelant la colonisation française de par leur architecture.
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  • Day10

    Luang Prabang

    December 24, 2019 in Laos ⋅ 🌙 25 °C

    Fröhlichi Wiehnachte wünschet mir eu allne!💫

    Mir sind 300km und 15h spöter in Luang Prabang mit em Slowboat acho. D‘Fahrt isch entspannend, abentürlich und wunderschön gsi. D‘Landschaft hett eus verzauberet!

    Am erste Tag, hemmer no e chlini Panne gha, de Motor isch zmitzt uf de Strecki usgfalle und drum simmer 2h verspötet ahcho. Natürlich ohni Licht am Boot, was chli kriminell gsi isch😄.

    De Abig vom 24.12 händ mir mit zwei Dütsche und ere Holländerin verbracht. Zämme znacht gesse und go Billard spiele - perfekt!

    Uf de zweite Bootsfahrt hett jede vo eus en eigne Autositz gha und d fahrt hemmer mit UNO spiele und Landschaft gnüsse verbracht.

    Absolut es unvergässlichs Erlebnis gsi!

    Schlönd eui Büüch voll mit feinem Esse, mir lönds eus hüt au guet gah miteme „tüüre“ Hotel (28chf für 2 Persone) und ere feine Pizza!
    Merry Christmas😘✨
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  • Day19

    Luang Prabang - Day 1

    July 18, 2019 in Laos ⋅ ⛅ 35 °C

    I will start with how last night ended. After supper i had a beer at a sleepy pub and when it shut down at 10 i started heading home. On the way, there was about 20 Lao having a huge feast near the street, and they were being a bit rowdy. My instincts drew me to walking by close to them, I smiled and said hi in passing. Next thing i know, they're scrambing to get me a chair, fixing me a plate of food and pouring me a beer. It was the dak lak wedding all over again. Everyone was obsessed with me, challenging me to chug beer after beer... and lots of laughs. Omg it was such a hilarious good time. I offered several times to pay for the beer i was drinking but that went no where fast. Not sure what time i stumbled out of there but it ended with hugs all around. Bit sad to leave nong khiaw as i think seeing them the next day would have been awesome.

    This morning took a VERY bumpy 4 hour bus ride to Luang Prabang. Felt really nauseous so checked into hotel and lay down for a few hours. I never want to take another bus ride in this country again. Blech.

    Walked around the old quarter popping in and out of a gazillion buddist temples and monestaries plus the royal palace. You can't throw a stone in this city without hitting 3 temples. They're everywhere. Crossed a ridiculously ricketty bamboo bridge that really had myself questioning that decision.. but it somehow held together. This city is immaculately clean and all the buildings have a similar look with white exterior and deep brown wood trim.

    Wanted to hit the night market tonight and check out some really interesting open air lounges but the skies really opened up tonight, so doing much of anything has been challenging. I was just thinking about how lucky i have been with rain lately, so this was overdue, especially this being rainy season. So found a quiet pub near my hotel and chatted with bartender for a couple hours and off to bed. Tomorrow is supposed to be dry...
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  • Day33

    Immer no Luang Prabang

    February 14, 2019 in Laos ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    Ez gohts denn wiiter uf Vang Vieng

  • Day29

    Phousi Hill, Luang Prabang, Laos

    March 18 in Laos ⋅ ☀️ 90 °F

    360 Degree views of Luang Prabang, the Mekong river and the forested mountains
    Phousi Hill, also called Phousi Mountain is a small mountain in the center of Luang Prabang, located on the peninsula between the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers.

    Phou Si, which means “sacred hill” is about 100 meters high. Although it is quite a climb to the top, it is worth the effort. From the top you will have great 360 degree views of Luang Prabang, the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers and the forested mountains.

    When the weather is clear you can see all the way up to the golden stupa of the Wat Phra Phome Phao Santi Chedi forest temple on the mountains East of Luang Prabang.

    On top of Phousi Hill is a narrow platform with a small Buddhist temple and a golden stupa. The hill is a popular place to watch the sunset; the narrow platform fills up quickly and gets pretty crowded.
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  • Day12

    Mount Phou Si

    May 14, 2017 in Laos ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

    For our last day in Luang Prabang we woke up in good time and enjoyed the last free breakfast.

    Due to the heat of the day approaching we decided to head out asap so we wouldn't melt away in the sun.

    We set off to Mount Phou Si which was only a 10 minute walk from our hostel and climbed the 400 steps up. Having experienced such a trek up on our last viewpoint escapade this one was significantly easier and quicker. After 10 minutes we were up the top and soaking in the beautiful views around us. With a nice breeze it made being up top bearable and worth the walk.

    Having been in Laos almost 2 weeks I'm certain many people underrate it and will skip it out if they are short of time. Visiting the country I think this is so wrong and Laos is one of the most beautiful places I've been to on my travels and being so underdeveloped everything is still very natural and undisturbed. I couldn't recommend Laos more and I can certainly say it's exceeded expectations.

    The evening was also a very sad one as it was mine and Simona's last night with each other before we went our separate ways after the best two weeks together. We both couldn't have loved Laos more nor had more of a laugh together and the weeks have flown by. We both agreed though that Vang Vieng was our favourite place (hence the long stay) and felt we could of stayed longer. However we promised each other we would both return another time and relive our week there.

    For our last meal we had the vegetarian buffet again, being so cheap and delicious it couldn't go a miss and seemed very suited to finish on a good food.
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  • Day118

    Alms giving, Bike tour and night out

    January 26 in Laos ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    Today we were up at 5.30am for Alms giving to the monks. 60% of the Lao population are Buddhist. Lao people wake early to cook sticky rice and at about 5.45am they come to the street to wait for monks to give food. After offering they will pour water to trees for their ancestors and also leave three small mounds of rice, I did the same.

    There will be about 150 monks passing through. Lao people do this for good prosperity and respect. Monks can not cook their own food and all other food they give to homeless.

    Monks also only eat twice a day. 7 am and 11-12 pm. Females can not touch monks, or they will have to pray for two months, so we had to be careful when giving them the offering.

    Two hours later, we went on a bike ride and stopped off at a temple, a clothes weaving place and a school where people learn English. We spoke with a monk in training about what he wants to be and what he likes. Cassie and I also had lunch at Joma, I had a mango salad which was delicious, given me ideas for when I get home.

    Later on, we went to dinner at a place called Utopia which is on the river front and also went for unusual Tapas at 525 bar, giving Mayfair Jazz bar vibes.
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  • Day161

    Education Day

    February 5, 2019 in Laos ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    Today we visited a rural school outside of Luang Prabang, in Laos. There were only thirteen students in the middle school building, and only three of them were girls. We got there during their English lesson, so it was really funny listening to them struggling to pronounce words that we use everyday. For example, they would pronounce the word ‘ceremony’ like ‘see ree maa nee’ and ‘a bottle of spirit’ like ‘uh battle uf speet’. Then, they tried to teach us how to say the same words in Lao, but it was even funnier for the students to hear us trying to say those words! We ended up making sounds we didn’t even know we could make, and we had a lot of fun. After that, we went to a conversation workshop called Big Brother Mouse, for Lao students who wanted to practice English, and for English speaking volunteers/tourists. What we did there was set up some chairs in the backyard of this tiny building, and Lao kids from the age of 12-25 would come and sit down and interact with you.
    - Chloë
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  • Day154

    Enjoying Luang Prabang

    August 11, 2019 in Laos ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    In the pretty city of Luang Prabang, the former royal capital of Laos, today a nice touristic spot, we could finally rest and relax, without riding our bicycles for more than 2 or 3 kilometers...

    So, without trying to visit many spots, we :
    - had a lot of tasty food,
    - walked the morning and night markets,
    - visited the royal palace & some temples,
    - attended to a traditional theater/ dance show, a Lao interpretation of a Maharabatha episode, which we unfortunate did not fully understand,
    - watched an Avenger movie in a bar/restaurant/library managed by a quebecan grandmother,
    - met a french guy named "Pilou Pilou", who was working on a cruise boat and partying with some priests on Saturdays, then going to church with them on Sundays,
    - had street food with a japanese girl and a lao guy,
    - played Jenga in a restaurant,
    - felt the vibes of Luang Prabang nightlife in a cool riverside bar named "Utopia",
    - crossed the river to explore the surroundings, a bit off the main touristic roads,
    - climbed to a sunset viewpoint but found that there were too many tourists so watched the sunset from another spot,
    - squatted a colonial house to write our postcards,
    - planned on going to an early morning yoga class but never went (it was too early),
    - bought some "cassoulet", "terrine", and "pain au chocolat" (mostly for myself) in a French shop,
    - opened our red wine bottle in a restaurant, with the assent of the French manager, even though he was selling the exact same bottle,
    - watched some funerals during 2 days across the street, thinking it was a wedding and realising only afterwards what it was, etc.

    Overall, our 2,5 days in Luang Prabang went by really fast ! We then had to split up, each of us taking a night bus but to different destinations : Laetitia to Vientiane, to catch her plane back home, me to Hanoi, Vietnam, to be there on time to meet new visitors from France !
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