First of all i want to start by telling you that i am writing this blog in a small town called Nong Khiaw which is on either side of the mekong river, with the sun shining, sipping on a beer Laos with the prettiest view of the little river town and the sky high mountains that surround it....but thats all to come in the next blog :)
Laos itself was once under french rule and this has had a huge influence on Luang Prabangs architecture so when you walk along the river bank the streets are lined with beautiful hotels and resteraunts that look like they have been plucked from a french town, not at all the aisan vibe we have gotten used to. So once we had orientated ourselves on our first night we were up bright and breezy ready to take on this new town. We started out walking around to try and get our bearings and soon walked pretty much the whole of the town by lunchtime, we visitied another beutiful temple which Damo loved...ha. After a good few hours walking and sight seeing we popped back to skype my mum and for those that dont know thats when it all went down the sh***er quite literally! we both got really sick, North and South Korea (as my brother liked to put it) so that totally whiped out our whole evening, we figured we had done quite well to make it three weeks without the dreaded traveller trots and this was just our time. Although i wasnt quite so understanding at the time whilst i was fighting damo for the toilet! anyway enough of that :)
So day two and christmas eve! we had booked a day trip to go and visit some caves which we dragged ourselves out of bed to go and do. First we had to get on a slow boat up the river, this was the most basic wooden engined boat ive been on yet, and it took a good hour and a half, which when feeling well would have been no problem but we both felt as though we had been on the voddy all night and had the hangovers fom hell...if only! The caves were pretty spectacular, they arn't very deep but are filled with over 4000 buddah statues, the first recorded drawing of the caves was from the 18th centery and all the statues were there then, they were pretty old and it all made for rather spooky feel. Once we made it back to town and attempted to eat some food we dragged our sorry selves back to our room where we spent the rest of the day and evening, there was even a party going on in our guest house as it was christmas eve but we were both way too whiped out so living it up like the rock n roll stars we are we were fast sleep by 8!
Christmas day! day three and we are both feeling better, yaay! So fisrt thing we do is treat ourselves to a big western breakfast of waffles! there was no way we were feeling in the mood for anythng remotley aisan today. So after feeding up we went on a trip to some waterfalls. The most beautiful waterfalls you could imagine, a photo just cant do it justice to how absolutely spectacular they were. There was a number of small pools working its way down from the main waterfall at the top which just takes your breath away, and the water was so blue it actually looked like they had tiled the water bed in terquoise tiles! There were a few of the larger pools that were open for people to swim in, the bigger one had a rope swing which people were jumping in with, we didnt bring our swim stuff because yeh it was warm enough for shorts and tshirts but not hot enough for swimming, however, this obviously didnt matter to damo once he saw the swing so he went in anyway with his shorts on and spent the rest of the day wet but he said it was well worth it. We have both said that although there was nothing christmassy about our day it had still been our most favorite day of the trip so far. So after returning home and skyping all our crazy beautiful families we headed back out to the towns view point to try and catch the sunset which we realised we had missed when everyone was walking down the steps whilst we were walking up, but it didnt matter it was still worth it just for the views, pretty special.
Our christmas dinner consisted of garlic bread and pizza, a pretty good pizza too! We then had a lazy walk back through the towns nightly handy craft market, which Hannah you would have loved! row after row of hand crafted linen, scarfs, woodwork, lanterns god there was tonnes of beautiful handmade stuff. We decided to round up our perfect day in the perfect way...with a big fat peanut and chocolate donut!
We have loved our stay here, we just feel sad that we had to waste so much time on the loo and not taking in more of this beautiful town, our favorite place yet :)