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Winter Vacation 2008/2009 - to Luang Prabang, Laos

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Today was our last day in Chiang Mai. We left for Luang Prabang this afternoon. Our flight wasn’t until 3:00 pm which meant our morning was full of errands, laundry, sending souvenirs home, and exchanging books. It wasn’t an exciting morning but a necessary one.

We got a tuk-tuk to the airport for a hundred baht (the driver wasn’t budging on his price). He dropped us off at the airport and we went through all the checks to board our Laos Airline flight to Luang Prabang. If the 777 from our first day of vacation was a ghetto plane, this plane was an abandoned ghetto plane. It was a school bus with wings. There were about fifty seats on the plane. They had to board the plane from the rear because there was no access door at the front of the plane. I figure the only door up front led to the cockpit. There was also only one flight attendant on the plane. She got help from a man in a uniform; I hope it wasn’t the pilot. After a short one hour flight we arrived safely in Laos.

The visa to enter for Canadians cost US$42 and everyone else was about US$35. Courtney said she read that Canada charges an exorbitant amount for Laotians going into Canada and this is retribution. We were waiting at the counter to get our passports back when the immigration officers broke out into laughter, and started passing a passport around for everyone to look at. For some reason, they found Courtney’s passport photo to be hilarious. Looking at crazy passport photos has to be a highlight for the border guards.

We got picked up and checked in to our hotel which overlooks the river. Our hotel owner’s family owns and operates buildings all along this street. His sister runs an English college, his uncle has another guest house. It’s a whole family affair.

We sat for a bit then wandered into Luang Prabang. It’s a small city, 26,000 people, which you can easily walk around. We wandered for a bit trying to get our bearings. It was easier than in Chiang Mai. We paused at this wat up the street; the lighting was excellent.
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On our walk we were struck by hunger pangs and picked the closest restaurant. This one was overlooking the Mekong River.

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I also got visited by a stray cat that crawled up and fell asleep on the chair next to me.


After dinner we strolled. Laung Prabang is a sleepy town compared to Chaing Mai. The vibe is very low-key and relaxed. The streets aren’t crowded with motorcycles and tuk-tuks and there are a lot more families and children going about their business. We sauntered through the night market and weren’t harassed or asked to buy too many things. I had to GO really bad, I mean really bad, which forced us to stop and buy some dessert. A nice caramel and banana dessert. Then it was back to our hotel.

Posted by agc_cwm 20:18 Archived in Laos

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