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Luang Prabang Province

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  • Day10

    Kuang Si Waterfall

    May 12, 2017 in Laos

    The main attraction in Luang Prabang has got to be the Kuang Si Waterfall and having visited I can now see why.

    Having heard lots about it, the waterfall certainly didn't disappoint. We got up in good time as we wanted to get to the waterfall before the rush of tourists. This was definitely the right decision when we saw the amount of people that had come by the time we chose to leave.

    Before heading up to the waterfall you walk through a bear sanctuary where bears are rescued and looked after. The reason they need to be rescued it due to people taking bile from their gall bladder and using it for Chinese medicine. The captivity they are kept in to do this is horrendous and this organisation has saved over 900 bears over all of SE Asia.

    For the first hour it was empty making the waterfall seem even more beautiful and peaceful. To walk up the waterfall took us around 20 minutes and each part of it was as stunning as the other. I've never seen anything with such blue water it was breathtaking. I can't say there will be another waterfall from my travels that will live up to this one.

    We then decided to hike up along the waterfall and ended up trekking for 3km to find a lagoon and cave. Covered in sweat and exhausted I can't say the walk was utterly worth it but it was once we got down and had a swim in the refreshing waterfall.

    Arriving back in the main town we headed back and treated ourselves to a yummy and well deserved lunch.

    Heading back to the hostel we relaxed then headed to night market which was huge and couldn't of had more choice. I had to hold back on many occasions to stop myself buying things I would never use. For dinner we found a vegetarian buffet for only £1 (absolute bargain) and then finished up for an early(ish) night after a tiring day.
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  • Day12

    Mount Phou Si

    May 14, 2017 in Laos

    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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  • Day11

    10 Pin Bowling

    May 13, 2017 in Laos

    Woke up to the sound of it pouring it down with rain so we decided it would be a good day to explore the cafes in the town and sort out the rest of our time in Laos, flights and some diary writing.

    Mid afternoon we thought it would be a good idea to head back to the hostel and decided to go to Utopia, a bar / restaurant to watch the sunset. The bar overlooks the Mekong river and the hills of Laos, being a beautiful backdrop to enjoy some food and drinks. The food was delicious, I chose to have the fish and chips and it was not a disappointment. The fish was fresh from the Mekong and certainly hit the spot.

    After demolishing our food and drinks we decided to pay the night market another visit but ended up returning to Utopia later in the evening for some more drinks as only bar in the town that's open. Closing at 11.30pm, everyone heads to the bowling alley as only place that stays open.

    We played an intense game of 10 pin bowling and shockingly didn't lose, not remembering the last time I picked up a bowling ball.

    Tired after a good day we made our way back to the hostel to make sure we were awake for the free breakfast the next day. I've noticed when looking back on my blog entries a lot of what I do revolves around food, but I'm going to say that's not a bad thing.
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  • Day44

    Luang Prabang, Laos

    February 5, 2017 in Laos

    Luang Prabang is a small quaint town in Laos known to backpackers for years however we didn't know very much about it and wanted to check it out for ourselves.

    Laos was occupied by the French for 50 years up until 1949, which is evident in Luang Prabang through the architecture and modern day relaxed culture. While there were nice restaurants, wine bars and riverside cafes all around town, it didn't quite feel like the authentic Laos we saw traveling, more of a western resort town.

    Although it was nice to have this small town feel we wanted to see a more local side of Laos so we rented a scooter to drive around the outskirts. This is where we saw the true beauty of this country that has rolling mountains and greenery all around. We drove an hour to the Kuang Si waterfall which was even more amazing in person than the pictures we'd seen. It was fun to hike up to the top of the fall where we could walk around in the water and Mitch could show off on the tree swing before accidentally falling in to the watering hole! Thank god it was really really hot so drying off wasn't a problem.

    On the way back from the waterfall we made a few pit stops to enjoy the scenery and to even do some local people watching while taking a break at a roadside eatery where I had to take a picture with the cutest little Laos girl dressed in her traditional clothing. Once we got back to Luang Prabang we enjoyed a beautiful sunset over the river and decided it was time that we take a chance to eat some street food while in Southeast Asia. We scoped out the most popular BBQ stand and enjoyed some pork, chicken and sticky rice. And lucky to say our stomachs were just fine the next day!
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  • Day32

    Luang Prabang

    October 11 in Laos

    Laos, "das Land des ruhigen Pulsschlags".
    Tatsächlich fühlt es sich irgendwie so an, obwohl wir natürlich noch nicht so viel gesehen haben. Luang Prabang ist die alte Hauptstadt des einstigen gleichnamigen Königreiches im Norden von Laos. Sie liegt in einem Tal am Zusammenfluss des Mekong und des Nam Khan. Wunderschön!

    Nach Erkundung der Stadt haben wir am Nachmittag an einem kleinen Projekt teilgenommen. In Luang Prabang gibt es viele Kinder/Jugendliche, die eifrig versuchen, ihr Englisch zu verbessern. Dazu können sie jeden Nachmittag von 17-19 Uhr zum "Big Brother Mouse"-Projekt kommen, um mit Ausländern (Touristen) ein bisschen auf Englisch zu reden.

    Der Laden war proppenvoll. Und schnell gesellten sich fünf aufgeschlossene und sehr sympathische, laotische junge Menschen im Alter von 12 bis 21 Jahren zu uns, die alle in Luang Prabang zur Schule* gehen/studieren, und es kam zu sehr interessanten Gesprächen. So wie mit Daa (16), deren Eltern Farmer sind und 600 km entfernt leben. Oder mit Weir (16), der mal was mit IT machen möchte, aber weder persönlich einen PC besitzt, noch in der Schule Zugriff auf einen hat.

    * 40 % der Bevölkerung haben laut Wikipedia keine Schule besucht.
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  • Day33

    Luang Prabang

    October 12 in Laos

    Unser Tag begann heute schon um 5:30 Uhr. Aus angemessener Entfernung beobachteten wir den Almosengang der Mönche. Täglich am frühen Morgen gehen sie barfuß durch die Hauptstraßen der Stadt, um ihren Tagesbedarf an Lebensmitteln von Gläubigen zu sammeln. Die Mönche dürfen traditionell nichts besitzen und sind deshalb auf Lebensmittelspenden aus der Bevölkerung angewiesen.

  • Day3

    Früh am morgen den Mönchen Reis gespendet. Nacher ritt auf einen Elefanten mit fluss Durchquerung. Jeder hatte seinen eigenen Elefant und wir sind direkt auf deren Nacken gesessen. Meine elefantendame hatte zeitweise sogar die Augen unter Wasser
    Am Nachmittag fahrt zu der Höhle der tausend Buddhas

  • Day52

    Luang Prabang

    August 4 in Laos

    The bus to Laos took just a few hours longer than expected but we were still glad to have made it there after 27 hours of driving. Two people were left behind at the Vietnamese border because they had an eVisa which doesn't allow you to cross this border...
    We didn't have any issues but the process at the Laotian border was ridiculous: There were like 6 stations and at each one you needed to pay one or two dollars. The last station was to get the temperature, why exactly isn't clear 😂
    We checked in at our "Villa" pretty late and then headed out again to get something to eat. Almost all restaurants had already closed so we were happy to get some fried rice and noodles before going to sleep.
    The next day we rented a scooter to get to the sightseeing highlight of Luang Prabang, the Kuang Si Falls. Usually they have a blue color, but because of the recent rainfalls the water was wilder and greyish. Still a pretty impressive sight! There is also a bear sanctuary as a part of the park with over 20 rescued bears from poachers and the horrible practice of extracting bile. This is used for some sketchy alternative medicine mainly in China and Thailand. These magnificent animals were luckily rescued but many more are still hunted and tortured.
    Later we went to the Royal Palace in the city center and then early back to the hotel as I wasn't feeling well...
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  • Day204

    Alms Giving Ceremony

    February 8 in Laos

    In Luang Prabang geht langsam die Sonne auf und ca. 200 buddhistische Mönche beginnen ihren Almosengang durch die Straßen. Hier geben Gläubige (& Touristen) sticky rice oder kleine Essenspakete an die Mönche aus. Den Gebenden bringt es Glück für den Tag und die Mönche erbitten sich so täglich ihr Leib&Brot.

    Einzig die aufdringlichen Chinesen stören die absolute Ruhe mit Ihren Blitzlichtkameras.

  • Day205

    Muang Ngoy .... what a trip

    February 9 in Laos

    Nach einem Morgentrek zum 2. Viewpoint in Nong Khiaw, ging es mit dem Boot den Fluß rauf nach Muang Ngnoy. Eigentlich sollte diese Boottour, durch eine tolle Landschaft, nur 1 Stunde dauern. Eigentlich...

    ...hätte der Motor des völlig überladenen Böttchens nicht mitten auf den Fluß, 10 Minuten vor dem Ziel, den Geist aufgegeben! Ewigkeiten & 3 Reparaturversuche später kam ein weiteres Boot zur Hilfe. So mussten wir noch auf dem Fluß rüberklettern in den anderen Kahn inkl. all unserer Gepäckstücke. Da das neue Boot noch kleiner war, sind sich alle ein bisschen näher gekommen 😅 ... 3 Minuten später ist dann Panik ausgebrochen, da das Boot zu schwer war und Wasser ins Boot geflossen ist. Schnell an Land gerettet, Hälfte runter vom Boot und wieder warten auf das nächste Boot. Als wir dann endlich aufgeteilt waren, konnten wir "entspannt" zum kleinen Örtchen schippern & dem Baby an Bord auch endlich die Windel gewechselt werden 🙈.

    Aber hier gefällt's mir. So schön urig! Morgen Trek ich zu den Dörfern und verschenk mal ein paar Klamotten, damit ich nicht mehr so schwer schleppen muss 😊
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Luang Prabang Province, 루앙프라방 주

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