Luang Prabang, Laos, Asia
I woke up this morning to the sound of rain pelting the tin roof awning just outside my window. It wasn’t exactly what I was hoping for since I wanted to do a bit of sightseeing and a dry day would have been nice. I lazed around for a bit hoping the rain would go off but at 10am I decided to do something. I went up to Joma Bakery and had an awesome breakfast that set me up for the day.
I first stopped by the National Museum which was pretty interesting. I wasn’t allowed to take any pictures inside, which is a bit of a shame, but it was one of the best museums I’ve been too so far. I stopped by a few temples and had a look around, although most of them are charging for you to get inside now. They really have the tourist trap set. There was a free photography exhibit on at one of the temples, so I had a look there too. It was showing Buddhist monks through time in all different places around the world. The pictures weren’t anything special, but it was still cool because it was showing something you very rarely see. In Luang Prabang you can’t want 15ft without seeing a monk walking down the street, doing laundry near their temple, or doing what appeared to be homework. I’m wondering if it’s some sort of pilgrimage for monks to come here, because there are just so many of them.
I spent the rest of the day just walking around the markets and shops and having a couple drinks in the cafes. I also stopped to get my hair cut, which was interesting. I hadn’t really considered how difficult it was going to be telling someone how to cut my hair when we don’t speak the same language. We got there in the end though. The rain went on and off all day and of course came back on at night when I was hoping to get some pictures of the town at night. No luck there, but that’s okay. Luang Prabang was a great place to chill for a few days, but tomorrow I’m off to Siem Reap, Cambodia to meet my Dad. Should be fun!