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Asia » Laos » West » Luang Prabang November 20th 2017

Yesterday was a fun day with all sorts of activities at the Bamboo Centre to show the many ways bamboo is used in Laotian culture. We got a few tips for what we could do with the bamboo hedge at the beach! Traditional houses have walls of woven bamboo. It’s incredible how finely it can be cut into strips with a machete. We had a go at weaving a coaster but drew the line at a frog which was much more complicated. We failed at walking, let alone running and galloping, on bamboo stilts which are used to walk with during the wet season. The best part was the cooking class where we made fish steamed in banana leaves and bamboo shoots stuffed with minced pork. Both were mixed with herbs and spices such as such ... read more
Ingredients all laid out
Pounding herbs and spices
Sticky rice steaming

Asia » Laos » West » Luang Prabang November 18th 2017

It was at 4am that we first heard them. The alarm was set for 5am but wasn’t needed. The drums to awaken the monks for prayer could be heard two blocks away. In the darkness we walked round the corner and only about 50 metres to the next corner where we waited for the daily procession of monks to come by to collect their rations of, mostly rice, from the local people. Sticky rice has been prepared especially for the occasion and carried in small woven baskets. Another bell signalled that they had left the nearby temple and shortly, out of the gloom, appeared a line of bright orange, each monk carrying a leather and stainless bowl with a lid and held by the side with a shoulder strap. Into this the locals put a small ... read more
The monks appear out of the gloom
A local woman waits to give her alms
Tourists with chairs await to ‘donate’ sticky rice

Asia » Laos » West » Luang Prabang November 13th 2017

The slow boat arrived in Luang Prabang late Friday afternoon. A sawngthaew took us from the boat pier to the center of town. From there, I found my way to my guesthouse, checked in, rested a bit, and then took a walk around the night market. At the night market, I found a crowded little alley with lots of cheap eats. I ordered a khao soy, and I was surprised when I got a bowl that didn’t resemble khao soy in Thailand. It was delicious nonethless. I then turned in early as I was tired from the boat ride. Chasing Monks: Disgust and Loathing in Luang Prabang I woke up at 3am from a bad dream and couldn’t sleep after. At 5.30am, I gave up trying to sleep and I ventured out into the early light ... read more
Alms Ceremony
Alms Ceremony
Kuang Si Falls

Asia » Laos » West » Luang Prabang September 14th 2017

As the crow flies our journey into Laos's Luang Prabang was a mere 220 km however thanks to the Luang Prabang Mountain Range, it was in fact closer to 500 km. With the never ending twists and turns as well as the frequent potholes an incident was inevitable. At 3:30am we woke with a jolt as the bus clipped off one of the concrete barriers by the mountain's edge! Luckily the damage was limited to a warped wheel and a punctured tyre, and on we ploughed. A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1995, Luang Prabang is nestled between the lush green mountains at the meeting point of the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers. The French influence has been retained from the colonial period and is clear to be seen with the architecture on the streets and ... read more
Sunset by the Mekong River
The colourful streets of Luang Prabang
Giving an exhibition on how to drive in a straight line!

Asia » Laos » West » Luang Prabang September 10th 2017

D. 10/09-19/09 2017 Byen som jeg kun skulle have været i, i 4 dage, men endte med at blive til 9 lange dage... Den første dag cheekede jeg ind på mit Hostel, og fik som altid et dorm. Her mødte jeg Parker fra Calfornien, som jeg endte med, at tage på café med om aftnen, hvor vi fik os en milkshake/øl. Derudover mødte vi en asiatisk pige på cafen, som var på en salgs forretningsrejse, og hun endte så med at joine os. Senere tog vi ellers på aftensmarkedet, hvor vi mødte en pige, som Parker havde mødt i flyet til Luang Prabang. På markedet spiste vi streetfood, jeg fik mig noget grillet kylling, og de andre fik sig nogle blandede nudler med grøntsager (det var vegetarisk, så det skulle jeg ikke nyde noget af...). Senere ... read more
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Asia » Laos » West » Luang Prabang July 12th 2017

Often overlooked as the backwater of Southeast Asia, this sleepy perception might also be part of Laos's charm. I had been told to expect things to be much more laid-back than Vietnam; although truth be told, that isn't hard. I was also told that my overland journey there would be the bus ride from hell on a chicken bus where you're sitting in the aisles upon sacks of rice and manioc flour. Well about half of that description was correct; there definitely seemed to be more stock than people on the bus but at least the people could sleep in sleeper berths. I had my own little space right at the back amongst all the luggage and foodstuffs away from everyone else - sacks of peanuts were stacked like a fort around me. It was nice. ... read more
Standing Buddha, Luang Prabang
Pha That Luang, Vientiane
The Landscape Of Laos

Asia » Laos » West » Luang Prabang May 25th 2017

Our stop over in Chiang Mai consisted of buying an excessive amount of snacks, some water and dollars. We just spent that night at the guesthouse playing cards and drinking beer :D. The next morning we were picked up (an hour late) for our journey to Luang Prabang in Laos. After we went through the border we were dropped off on on what initially looked like a normal bus but we were pleasantly surprised that it was a sleeper bus and was amazing! It was basically a normal bus divided into upper and lower decks with sections for 2 people to lay down and sleep. A relatively comfortable journey and we woke up in the very gorgeous Luang Prabang, a city that runs across the Mekong River and its tributaries. We decided to walk from the ... read more

Asia » Laos » West » Luang Prabang March 1st 2017

Crossing the Mekong river into Huay Xia, Laos was easy enough. Once on Laotian soil, things got complicated. Trying to navigate the process of obtaining my Visa on Arrival was challenging and when I finally was stamped into the country about two and a half hours had passed. The whole passport stamping and paperwork involved - in any country - to me seems so senseless. Now the choice was to either head North to the jungles, or South down the Mekong River to the ancient capitol Luang Prabang. The decision was made and we booked our tickets for $220,000kip ($27.50USD - for the record, I love saying kip. It is the funniest currency name ever) for the two day journey along one of the World's great waterways. This was a journey I had been looking forward ... read more
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Asia » Laos » West » Luang Prabang February 20th 2017

We took most of the day off from the tour today. Drury and I were pretty tired so we decided to stay in town and relax and do a little sightseeing on our own. We slept in and got a little breakfast at the hotel before taking a tuk tuk into town. We walked a little through the town and decided to have lunch at a bakery. After lunch we decided to go get massages. Margo and Drury both got a foot massage and I decided to get an oil massage. It was a pretty good massage even though it was hot and the only thing dividing the rooms was a thin curtain. We did some shopping on the main street and Drury and I found some great wood art pieces we wanted, but we couldn't ... read more
Our hotel in Luang Prabang
Outside our hotel
Looking down the street

Asia » Laos » West » Luang Prabang February 19th 2017

Today was an extremely early morning as we met our group at 5:15am in the lobby of the hotel to give alms to the monks. We all got in our Tuk Tuks and headed to the temple close to the town center. It was still pretty dark when our guide Lou gave us a brief tour of the grounds of the temple and then told us what to expect and how to give alms to the monks. We all sat on these little plastic pre-school chairs in front of the temple all lined up in a neat row. We were then all handed a basket of sticky rice that we would ball up into bite size pieces and hand to the monks as they passed by. We were not allowed to touch the monks but were ... read more
Getting our instructions for the morning
Waiting for the monks to come by
The procession of monks




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