The boat journey from Pak Beng to Luang Prabang took about 8 hours and it was really cold, and i do mean cold. The Swedes being very positive said their is no such thing as bad weather just bad clothing!! Well either way we were bloody cold, and we had all of our warm clothing on! It was a bit of a shock to the system after being in the sun for so long. This mean't that this part of the journey wasn't as enjoyable as the day before, we just sat huddled up trying to keep as warm as possible. Nick impressed Matthew as both were in choirs, he went through the entire ballad of little Musgrave and Lady barnard in Olde English. He asked me what some of the meaning to the words were, but my olde English was probably worse than his and was'nt much help. When he started on 5 ways to kill a man I was pretty bored, I hope he didn't notice.
Once we arrived in Luang Prabang it took us a while to find some accommodation at a reasonable price, Laos wasn't turning out to be as cheap as we expected! We finally found a really nice room with a really hot shower and stayed in the same place as Nick and Caroline, it was good to have some travelling companions for a while! On the first night we just went for something to eat, a few drinks and then back to the hotel to get warm.
The next day we got wrapped up and went for breakfast. We found a sandwich stall that did the best sandwiches ever for about 50p each. Then we went to look for the most historic temple in laos. On the way we walked by the river and the views were great, even though it was cold we both took a liking to Laos straight away. The temple was really interesting so we spent a while there, then went for lunch, got chatting so didn;t really end up doing anything else for the rest of the day.
It was slightly warmer the next day so we decided to get a tuk tuk to some caves where they store all the old Buddha's. It was ok, but we are not really into caves. We then went to the waterfalls and this was an amazing site. The waterfall and the surroundings was spectacular. The best natural beauty we've seen so far on this trip. If it had been a bit warmer we would have probably gone for a swim, but by this point it was getting really cold again. This site really sold Laos to us. It seems to have a bit of everything. Religious temples, natural beauty, friendly locals and a lot of unknown history.
We went for a curry that night to warm us up a bit, booked our bus to Phonsavan and had an early night.