20.01.2013 - 21.01.2013
The book party had been confirmed for 22nd Jan so we still had a couple of days to kill in Luang Prabang and we were more than happy to take it slowly and have some time out. We needed to catch up on the blog and get a few things. I had lost yet another replacement engagement ring! Having left the real one at home it turns out it was a wise decision as I have either lost or broken 4 since travelling, that's nearly one a month! We found another one randomly in a book shop (which has since turned my finger green...oh well will keep an eye out for number 5!).
In the centre of Luang Prabang is Phu Si and we had heard that it gave great views of Luang Prabang particulalry at sunset. We decided to make our way up early at 4.30pm to get a good spot. It is 100m up steps to the top where the temple That Chomsi overlooks the city.
On the way up kids tried to sell us jewellery and there were women selling tiny birds in little cages so you could release them over the city. I think that the birds are taught to be homing and so even if you release them they ll be back in a tiny cage for the next tourist to buy to 'set free' the following day so we didn't get involved.
The view over the city was stunning and the first time we realised how big it was and that that the mountains surrounded it in all directions.
We had over an hour to wait till sunset and randomly we bumped into the girls Dan had gone climbing with the day before. It was fun chatting with them and helped to pass the time, as did taking loads of photos!
It was a good job we had got up early as in no time 100s of other people had made the climb and were jostling for position to get the best sunset shot!
On the way back down it was interesting to see the night market from above with red and blue awnings as far as you could see.
We headed to the Lao Lao Garden for some dinner and pool. Whilst looking through their menu we found a section which was a Q&A about Laos which was quite interesting so thought would share them here...
I also liked some of the sayings they had at the bottom of each page, particularly this one...
"Worry does not empty tomorrow of its troubles, it empties today of its strength"
As we were deciding whether to move on a cat decided to jump on my lap and buried its head in my arm to go to sleep. It was the snuggliest cat ever and ended up sleeping on my lap for about an hour, which meant I didn't mind staying whilst Dan watched the footie on the big screen!
After seeing the views we had decided that the next day we would rent some bikes and explore a bit further out of town. Without a detailed map we just made our own way and at one point we somehow found ourselves at the airport!
With no real direction we enjoyed aimlessly cycling around and we stopped for lunch and I saw a wine with the below name, how could we not give it a try!
In the evening we crossed the rickety bamboo bridge to check out the bar we had heard about on the other side of the Mekong but as we had an early start in the morning we didn't hang out too long. We had a book party to go to