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October 2nd 2016
Published: August 12th 2020
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Today is our first full day in Luang Prabang, after arriving here late yesterday afternoon. Today we have to be in the lobby by 8-30am as we have several places to visit this morning before we head off to visit the Kuang Si waterfalls this afternoon. Breakfast at the hotel is included during our stay and, Ted and I headed to the dining room at about 10 to 8. We had a minimal selection of choice a... Read Full Entry

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13th August 2020

Luang Prabang
Really enjoyed this blog Jan! Looks like Intrepid has changed their hotel in LP recently, as our hotel certainly didn't have the metal security fence - but we would have had the same feelings about it as you did anyway. The water levels at Kuang Si Falls falls seem to be much higher in October than in January, and with far fewer people. The loud large crowds wrecked our experience of it a bit, so it's nice to see that you had a nicer experience. Looking forward to reading the next instalment :) Ren x
14th August 2020

Luang Prabang ...
Hi Ren & Andrew, Thanks Ren. Yes, we were fortunate when we visited Kuang Si waterfalls as we were there during the wet weason, which runs from May until September, and there had been a lot of rain prior to our visit, and also lucky that there was hardly anyone there. We got caught up travelling during Chinese New Year once. Never again, if we can avoid it, for the same reason. It was interesting when reading your blogs on Laos, just how dry the countryside was during your visit. Loved your venture into the countryside on your dune buggy, looking for the caves. You seem to travel much the same way we do - always up for an adventure! :) We had hired a quad bike on Mykonos a few years ago and took ourselves off for the day. It too, had a few quirks - like us not being able to work out how to turn on the headlights when headng back home at dusk. That was an interesting episode, with the pedal to the metal, trying to get home before it became really dark! :) Mind you, the quad bike wasn't going to break any land speed records, either! :) Re the security fence at our hotel in LP - we aren't nervous nellies when we travel and, mostly, take things in our stride, whilst always being mindful of our safety at all times so, the fence didn't worry us at all and, we always have confidence in Intrepid having done their homework when sourcing premises and also activities. Have already started on LP No 2 so, watch this space. :) Janxx
14th August 2020

Another view of Luang Prabang
It's interesting to read about your trip to this city after reading RENanDREW's own account just recently and comparing your experiences! (Intrepid Tours must have a devoted following in Australia.) I also noticed Mr. Kit's name came up in both of your blog. How nice to celebrate a birthday while traveling -- the best kind of present!!
14th August 2020

Another view of Luang Prabang ...
Hello ... I think it is always interesting to hear, or read, of two different perspectives of the same place, We have done many trips with Intrepid over the years and they have never failed to provide a most enjoyable holiday. They are an Australian company, providing soft adventure tours, worldwide, for small groups.Thank you for dropping in and pleased that you enjoyed our two different experiences.
17th August 2020
Wat Mahathat

What a beauty.
One can only imagine the trauma of the destruction of Wat Mahathat during a typhoon during evening prayers...a perceived place of sanctuary no doubt. Then the uplifting of the spirits of the faithful on it being rebuilt. Thanks for sharing its story Jan...albeit briefly.
18th August 2020
Wat Mahathat

What a beauty ...
Hi Dave, It was really distressing to hear of such a tragedy occurring at Wat Mahathat and hard to imagine the devastation and destruction that resulted for those poor people. I always try to add a little bit of history in my blogs when it comes to points of interest, without getting too detailed for readers to have to get through. Hopefully, if it is something that has piqued their interest, they may wish to research it a little further themselves, if they would like to know more. It's a bit of a fine line sometimes - to try and add interest, (hopefully), without your readers losing interest, and you boring them to death in the process. :) Great to hear from you again and, thank you for dropping in. Please say hi to Denise. :) Jan

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