Luang Prabang, Laos

June 11, 2010 - Luang Prabang, Laos

Sabai Dee!! :)
We've been in Luang Prabang for the last 3 days.. its HOT and sticky with the occasional rain shower.. We've decided that we need to leave this place SOON before we settle into a TOTAL relaxed state and forget to leave for good!  You can forget about time and the outside world here.. Laung Prabang is far away from everything.  Its a little old French colonial style town in the middle of thick, lush green jungle. There are cute little French cafe's everywhere selling butter croissants with home-made blackberry or Pineapple jam (divine) and the fruit shakes are to DIE for! They make fresh fruit shakes - just pure fruit with crushed ice (its ice cold and awesome!) Our favourite is the watermelon or pineapple ones.. (pineapple is so sweet here!)

Luang Prabang is the formal Royal Capital of Laos and there are 32 temples scattered around town.  Its also Monk Heaven.. there are monks everywhere.. they walk around colouring the town with their bright orange robes. Tuk Tuk's wizz around town offering to take you to nearby caves or waterfalls.  Yesterday was particularly hot so Yeo and I decided to go to 'Tat Kuang Si' waterfall.. about a 30min drive out of town.  The waterfall was stunning.. it had many tiers and every tier ran into a cool turquoise pool.. we swam for ages.. if you stand still tiny little see-through looking fish bite at your toes. :)

On the way to the waterfall we went to a bear rescue and rehabilitation centre.  They save bears that have been trapped or hurt by poachers. Most of the bears in the rescue centre in Laos are Asiatic Black Bears (also called Moon Bears) they're not very big compared to say Grizzly bears and look quite cute! :) Its horrifying to hear what some countries are allowed to do to bears! :( I wont go into it but have a look at the 'Free the bears' website - they're doing a real good job to help!: 
Last night we walked around the night market in town.. they sell everything from silver jewellery to silk and awesome street food! We had big soft egg and pork dumplings and fried banana frittes.. both very tasty. Apparently the sweet coconut dumplings are very good too. 
This morning I woke up to see the 6 am 'morning alms' - people sit in front of temples waiting for monks to go and say their morning prayers and give them rice - hundreds of monks walk past with their rice bowls going into the temple.. they obviously dont get paid to be monks so the community feeds them.. Unfortunately, I was miss-informed and this 'ceremony' takes place at 5:30 am, so tomorrow I'll wake up even earlier to go and give my rice offering!
Luang Prabang is known for its good cooking classes, so I've convinced Alex to do a evening cooking class with me tonight :) we'll be making 3 Laos dishes each for dinner.. first though we're going for a hour long massage.. another thing that is very popular here are spa's - so we're obliged to try it out! Its 40 000 kip for an hour long massage.. that's: 4 pounds. (Everyone's a millionare in Laos!!) :)
Jinnie & Alex


Sunset over Luang Prabang
Bear sanctuary, Laos
The best fruit shakes, ever!
Hmong village, Laos

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June 23, 2010
Arrr guys it all looks AMAZING!!!!
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