We got up and went to the Vietnamese consulate for 8am this morning. I'm glad we went early as it did start picking up around 8.15! It was so easy to sort our visas out. We filled in the forms, gave them to one person who gave us a receipt and then saw another person to pay. It would have been super quick if we didn't have some idiot in front who couldn't seem to get his head around how a visa works and kept asking the same questions like he would get a different answer if he kept asking! Even with this we were still out of there at 8.25 and the visas turned out to be cheaper than I expected as well. We can go back Thursday morning to pick up our passports, which gives us loads of time before our flight that day.
With the visas sorted we went to a phone shop to see about Shane's phone. They quoted £60 to fix the screen so we decided to have a think about it, as we didn't actually know if the screen was the problem. We went back for our free breakfast where Shane had another poke about in the charging port, but this time a load of broken up rice fell out! We plugged it in and it turned on! There's a bit of water damage on the screen but nothing that effects using it!
We decided to go to the UXO visitor centre to start with today. This explains about Laos and all of the unexploded bombs left from WW2 but mainly the Vietnam war. I thought it was important to go and better understand it, similar to seeing the killing fields in Cambodia. Laos is still the most bombed country in the world and people are still affected by the bombs as they limit the land that can be used and still injure and kill people every year. We watched a film which interviewed four young people who had been injured by UXOs, which was pretty emotional. I'm glad we went and understand the situation Laos is in a bit better, even if it's hard to hear.
After this we wandered into town and towards Phou Si mountain. Luckily this one has proper steps so although it was quite a walk we didn't have to climb it! At the top there was a small temple but the most incredible 360 views of Luang Prabang! He steps then wound down the mountain a bit where we stopped to look at some Buddhist statues and Buddhas footprint, which is a massive footprint looking indentation in the mountain. Another temple was at the bottom and then we were back on the streets. We checked the time thinking it was late afternoon but it wasn't even 1 yet! It had got really hot so we headed back to sit and cool down. We are going to go out to grab some food and probably wonder around the night market again! We had a late one last night as the girl in our dorm would not stop talking, so we sat outside until we thought it was late enough to come in and go straight to sleep! The guys we have today seem nicer and a bit more considerate so hopefully shouldn't have that problem again!