Thurday 22nd April
Been in Luang Prabang for 3 days/nights now and loving the place. It’s a small chilled out town (population 26K) that has a strong French colonial influence in it’s food and architecture. It has an 1130pm curfew so not late night partying which helps to keep the great feel that it has.
We’ve spent time walking around the old part of town, which is effectively a peninsula between the Nam Kan and Mekong rivers, spotted a few places to give the fly rod a flick and we’re doing that tonight before dusk. They have some great night markets here where you can buy anything under the sun, they block off the main street and put up gazeebo’s and lay out all the goods. There is also an awesome food night market where we’re been to try all sorts of grilled food including spicey grilled chicken, pork riblets, bufallo sausage and the much sought after grilled baby bird….
There are a heap of temples in Luang Prabang, we’ve checked one out already and plan to get around a few more. The picture to the right is me doing “the asian squat” outside one of the temples. The “asian squat” is how many people sit in Asia, they don’t use chairs or sit on the ground, they squat on their ankles – so I’ve been trying to perfect it. The difference is they can hold it for hours and hours. We’ve been trying out many different types of food in luang prabang; our staple breakfast is a freshly baked baguette filled with bacon, egg and salad complimented with Lao coffee – a really strong brew mixed in with condensed milk rather than standard milk – bloody amazing and total cost is $2.80NZD.