So our final stop in Laos has gone by in a bit of a blur because for the first time in over two months we have both been unwell.
We had a decent 6hour minibus journey from Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang but then had to find some accommodation (that we could afford). We found the guesthouse that our friends were staying in but they didn't have any rooms left so we asked next door and they wanted $80 (which is pushing 60 pound a night!! well over our budget!). Anyway we eventually found somewhere nice and clean and within budget.
That evening we headed to the market, which was amazing. An array of colourful bedding, cushions, clothes, jewellery, paintings and much more, every girls dream, every mans nightmare! One street off the market was filled with food vendors. The main theme was bbq so basically you were given a plate and was allowed to fill it up with as much pasta, noodles, rice, veg etc as you wanted and that cost just 10,000 kip (which is approx 85p) and then bought barbequed meat separately but that was still dirt cheap. Dave had belly pork and buffalo liver but i was feeling unwell so i just tried a bit of liver, beaut! My worst fear came true approx 23.30 that night when i had to rush to the bathroom, boo! This went on lots of times for the next 4-5 hours, both ends, it was ridiculous. Dave was panicking and was all ready to take me to the hospital, blooming drama queen, lol. Not really, bless him for worrying.
The next day i woke up to an empty room and was shocked as to what was going on but bless dave, he had been out looking for us a new, better room that had a t.v so we could just chill out. Other than going for breakfast (a slice of toast for me) and having a little stroll we didn't really do much.
The next morning we decided it was a good idea to get up at 05.00hrs and wait until 06.00hrs to watch the buddhist monks collect their morning alms. Really need to understand the reasons they do what they do because right now i am just plain confused.
Over the next couple of days we didn't really do an awful lot but we did go to an amazing waterfall called Kuang Si. The water was so clear but so blue it looked almost like something out of a fantasy film. You could climb right up to the top of the waterfall, it was hard going at times but well worth the views. The water was absolutely freezing aswell, not as nice as it looked. On the way back though, Dave started feeling unwell and then it all started. Exactly like me. So he didn't go out that night or pretty much all the next day.
On monday we climbed up to the top of Phu Si hill where there is a temple and stunning views of the town. The main attraction, though, is the views of the sunset over the mountains. There was loads of people up there all waiting for the same thing but we had a good view. Would say perfect but there was a dirty great big pylon just at the bottom of my view spoiling it a little bit (look out for it on the pictures).
So that's it. We flew to Chiang Mai in the north of Thailand on tuesday which is great but that's a whole different blog so you'll have to wait a day or two for the next episode.
Lots of love xxx