Day 3 – 1 Apr: Xieng Khuang – Luang Phrabang
Early morning, we visited Central Market of Phonsavanh to watch different Hill Tribes bartering and exchanging merchandise. We did not buy any dead squirrels or civets or small birds or rats, but we did try some sour fruit & buy a red bungy cord for Thomas. Then we drove to Luang Prabang which is about 270 KM away. On the way, we went to a cave with a 2000 year old Buddha in Thampra and visited a Hmong tribe minority village along the road. We “enjoyed mountain splendid natural scenery, forest and landscape” through the smoke from the “slash and burn” – where farmers are clearing mountain sides to grow crops. We are now staying in Luang Prabang for 3 days.
– our bus (for 13 people) had a flat tyre
– we saw a monkey at a viewing spot
– Thomas listened to Harry Potter read by Stephen Fry (available on the pottermore shop) most of the journey
– 70% of Laos is mountainous