Laos Holiday Blog IV

Day 4 – 2 Apr: Luang Prabang – City Tour After breakfast we visited the National museum, where the King used to live. He had a very big bedroom & was given a piece of moon rock by the USA and an old Lao flag which they said had been taken to the moon and back. Our guide thought that this be be true but may be a lie. We visited the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun and the shrine of Wat Aham & Wat Mai; the last before lunch – & most impressive – was a visit to Wat Xieng Thong. This one had an excellent roof & some Laotian stories were depicted on the walls in shiny glass mosaics. One story was about 2 swans & a turtle – the moral: don’t lie. Another story was about a bird, a deer & a tortoise – the moral: solidarity & teamwork. After lunch: We walked around the town & then “climb up to the top of Phousi Mountain for an enjoyable exploration of the sacred, gilded stupa as well as a beautiful sunset view of the city and the Mekong River” but the trouble was the view was obscured by the smoke from all the forest burning in the mountains all around us. We explored the Street Night Market, “where you can find the lovely collection and handmade textile by local and hill tribe people surrounding Luang Prabang”. We tried some more local food at a restaurant called Tamarind. Thomas likes the sausages. (You may have noticed that some of these sentences are from our tour pack) Interesting stuff: – monks are getting ready for new year which is mid April by white washing the temple walls – we are trying out all the coconut ice creams, so far the best was at lunch today

 

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2 comments

  1. Granny Devon · · Reply

    I think you are very brave to try any of the local food – including the ice creams.

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  2. Granny fixit · · Reply

    It’s lovely to get the daily reports of your trip. I am enjoying them. I am very surprised that you have found sausages on the menu, I wonder what was in them.

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