Thursday, August 9, 2018

Luang Prabang, in rainy season

We were pleased to have an excuse to return to Luang Prabang, as we hadn't been back for about 5 years.  The excuse was a friend from New Zealand venturing up to the wilds of Laos.

This year July had heavy rains and the Mekong was high and dirty.  We were lucky with the weather, our 1st day rained from start to finish, but after that it wasn't an issue.  It did mean two boys walking around town dressed in over-sized plastic bags.



They took a boat ride on the Mekong to the Pak Ou caves.  Plenty of scenery on and off the water.  From hand-crafted boats through to Lao Lao (whiskey) and over happy locals








 The town itself still had the same charm, but there plenty of tourists.  We didn't get any classic sunsets, but a couple of nights dining on the river was great to see local life passing by.

The terrible two did a cooking course at the Tamarind cooking school, just outside town.  They had a good mix of people in the class, and enjoyed it hugely.
We visited a few good restaurants and two stood out.  The Blue Lagoon and Manda de Laos.  Both of these places had outstanding service.

We stayed near the night market, just off the street for the morning market.  Here the locals did their produce shop for the day.  Our guesthouse, Le Bougainvillier was lovely.  Spotlessly clean, quiet, and with a lovely breakfast each morning



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