Oct 20 We arrived at 4pm. We were the first ones thru the E-Visa line. Our guide was waiting for us and told us a little about where to eat, ATMs, the night market and the schedule for the next day. Laos is country #99.
Oct 21 First up is a walk thru the Morning market which we both really enjoyed - meant for the locals. Next was the Wat Mai, built in the 18th century and is the largest and most richly decorated. The Royal Palace museum is located near Wat Mai. Built in 1904 by the French for the exisiting Laos King.
Luang Prabang is home to 72 Wats. Can you hear Gary groan? We visited one more, Wat Xieng Thong. Situated on the northern tip of the peninsula of Luang Phrabang, Laos. Wat Xieng Thong is one of the most important of Lao monasteries. It was a royal temple from 1560 to 1975. The outside has a tree of life that is not to be missed.
Oct 22 We head out of town to visit a Hmong village that was moved from the mountains to it’s current location. We saw them take the cotton plant and make it into clothing. I doubt they are making their own clothes but it’s good to remember how it was done. We also saw a typical house, house hold goods, musical instrument and the cross bow used for hunting. Great demonstration.
We then arrived at the Kuang Si Falls. It reminded me of the Plitvice Lakes in Croatia. Lovely way to spend the day!
For dinner we walked to our tour guide’s restaurant “2 Hands” meaning everything he has done with his own 2 hands from the tables to the fresh food. Our meal was excellent.
Oct 23 We motored up the Mekong river to the Ou Cave. We made a stop to learn about the making of home brewed whiskey. It is rather harsh so we didn’t buy any.
Lots of tourists at the cave. It reminded me of a cave in Hua Hin we visited several years ago. Along the way, you can see the New Silk Road that China is building. It’s a railroad line from Beijing to Singapore. Look out for China!