Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang is a gem! It’s a Unesco World Heritage City on a peninsula where two rivers meet – the Mekong and the Nam Khan. It combines the ancient Buddhist traditions of countless wats (temples) with French colonial style.
We got up before 6am to witness the daily ritual of monks with begging bowls walking the streets to receive donations of food from residents. Then, while the monks swept up the debris from the streets we retired to a French cafe for croissants and cafe au lait. The monks were soon relaxing too although I think they were waiting for classes to start. We stayed 4 nights to enjoy a thoroughly relaxing experience including a trip to a fabulous waterfall where we could swim even though it’s the end of the dry season here. Alan found time to visit the barber!
The downside is Luang Prabang’s popularity with travellers from all over the world and of all kinds from backpackers to luxury tourists. We were at the lower end, needless to say!
On Thursday we said our goodbyes to Janet and John who are staying on another 10 days. Unusually, for us, we took a flight, to Siem Reap in Cambodia where we’re visiting another World Heritage Site, Angkor Wat.
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