Overland Through Laos travel blog

bus view of river

mekong from Phousi hill

monk studying Wat Phousi

shrine That Phousi

Dave In action on Phousi Hill

Wat Mai interior

Wat Sala Pha Bang

Monks in Wat Mai S

20th September.

We had the option of minivan or VIP bus to LPrabang. At the Bus strtion was a minivan about to leave. It looked cramped; so I felt that the bus would be a better option. We had to wait 20 mins; but the bus arrived on time; wasn't too crowded and passed the minivan later anyway. The drive was spectacular passing by one mountain vista after another . The good road passed over some impressive high mountains with thatched villages on some of the ridges. The six hour bus ride was a very enjoyable one. The only main stop was at a cool village where was time for a snack and a toilet stop if one could find one!

It was a further 3 spectacular hours on the bus to Luang Prabang. It's a sizable place at the junction of the Mekong and Nam Khan Rivers. We soon found a tuk tuk to take us the Tom Tom Chang Guest house run by a Hungarian Friend of Janos . She was in Vientiane so couldn't see her. The Place was nice; but with no internet or internet café nearby; a place nearer to the old city would be better.

The old French colonial part of the city Is well kept ans attractive with 3 main roads with pedestrian lanes crossing them. Many touts were around offering accommodation. The Sakkarene Guest house looked OK For $12 with Aircon and a decent size room was a good choice. The rooms opened out onto a bright courtyard. There was no bar or restaurant ; but plenty nearby.

A walk down to the Mekong river brought a nice sunset and the interest of locals playing petanque. The town is a very pleasant place indeed with a lot of tour operators running trekking, kayaking and caving tours. You could even have a course learning how to be a Mahout and look after elephants. There was no shortage of food either with western and Asian in well kept restaurants. The Luang Prabang Bakery was a good choice with decent pizzas and pastas.

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