Adventures in Asia

by Greg & Francie

Wonderful Luang Prabang

We have now been in Luang Prabang (see Lao Map) for several days and I really think it is my favorite place, so far, of the trip. 

One of the absolutely amazing things about Laos is that it was once a French colony.  So you have the really friendly people of Southeast Asia mixed in with really cool European architecture and great French food.  There are fresh baguettes everywhere you go for about 20 cents and amazing bakeries on each corner.  This morning Francie and I had a ham & cheese crepe, chocolate crossiant and a Lao coffee.  It was an expensive breakfast, by SE Asia standards, that rung in at five dollars.  We were celebrating that Microsoft purchased Francie’s old company TellMe!

The architecture actually reminds me of New Orleans.  The buildings, the large windows, the chest high walls that surround courtyards-so different from what you would expect.

Here are some pictures of the architecture.  Check out the novice monk walking down the street. 

LP Arch 1

A room in this hotel would probably set you back 80 dollars a night  (our room is $9). 

LP Arch 3

Another cool building. 

LP Arch 2

Besides all of the great shopping, interesting bars and outdoor adventures, there are a large number of Wats (Lao Temples) in Luang Prabang.  Today we were in a number of Wats including Wat Xieng Thong which was built around 1511.  Here are some of the pictures I took from our walk today. 

Big Buddha

Red Buddha 

Red Buddha

This picture is from the Wat Xieng Thong–the room had a stack of buddhas, a hydra and this cool mosaic wall in the back. 

Buddha in Shadow

We just ate some great Indian food and now we are very busy–we have to go to the night market and spend some Kip and then go have a few drinks at one of the cool bars.  I am going to sit down for a couple of very expensive Gin and Tonics ($2 each). We will have more posts from Luang Prabang since we don’t plan on leaving any time soon!   Hope everyone is doing great!

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March 15, 2007 - Posted by | Laos, Photography, SE Asia, Travel

2 Comments »

  1. So glad to hear you had some real food!
    The temples are very interesting as well.

    Comment by Cynthia | March 15, 2007 | Reply

  2. How absolutely beautiful — we’re jealous (in a good way.)

    Comment by Roger M | March 17, 2007 | Reply


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