Monday, November 3, 2014

Luang Prabang, Laos. Day 1

We arrived in Luang Probang on Saturday, Nov. 1 and stayed at the very nice Sada Hotel.  This hotel has the biggest beds we have ever seen.  After lunch and unpacking we went to the local temple - Wat Xieng Thong.  Luang Probang has 30 active temples and is located on a peninsula between th Mekong and the Khan rivers.  It is a world heritage site because of three reasons - the French architecture, the natural beauty, and the culture that has been preserved for years.  

We are using local transportation while in this city and it is nicer that our huge Bangkok bus because we can get to any part of the city in a few minutes. The local transportation is Tuk-tuks which is a motorcycle on the front end with a covered pickup attached in the back and can carry 6-7.

After the temple visit our group climbed Phousi Hill which is located in the center of the city.  There are 328 steps to the top and you have a great view of the area and the sunset.

It is so hot and humid here but the locals are dressed in jackets.  When we came off of Phousi hill we were all drenched in sweat.  I walked thru the night market which was very extensive.  Their speciality here is textiles and handmade paper products.   We had another wonderful dinner at a local restaurant before returning to the hotel for the evening.

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