The night before, I started feeling like I was coming down with a cold. During dinner I had started losing my voice and this morning it was mostly gone. I joined my German friends for breakfast, which turned out to be noodle soup with chicken and vegetables and green tea. Hoping this combination would help a bit. Luckily I brought Day and NyQuil incase something like this happened.
The day was pretty relaxed. We just walked around and looked at a number of Buddhist Wats. The city of Luang Prabang is sort of a hub for Buddhist monks. But unfortunately, because of all the tourism, many monks have left the city to go to monasteries further outside town where there is less distraction. I suppose having people taking pictures of me all day would not help me meditate and live a quiet life either.
Because there are so many temples, I’ll just highlight a couple of them. First was Wat Sen. It was built in 1718 with 100,000 stones from the Mekong River.
The next important one was Vat Xieng Thong. This is one of the most important monasteries in Laos. It was built in 1559-1560. Until 1975, it was a royal temple and the pale where Lao kings were crowned.
From here, we walked along the river. The scenery is amazing and there are many restaurants and guest houses that run along here.
Finally, the last place we visited was on top of Mount Phou si. What Chom Si is at the summit and looks over the whole city.
After walking around all day, we headed back to our guest house to grab a nap and then head back out to watch the monks sing and pray. We also bumped into our Aussie friend to grab dinner. We went to a place were we could grill our own food. We had a mixture of beef, chicken, pork, shrimp, squid, and veggies for dinner. So delicious!
After dinner, we went out for a bottle of wine allowing us great WiFi internet, power plugs that worked to juice my devices, and great conversation. Amazing the friendships that are made while crossing paths with others traveling the world like you!
Today was just a travel day from Luang Prabang to Phonsavan, Laos. The trip took about 7 hours through the mountains of Laos. It was a very bumpy and turny ride. I felt fine, but I think a lot of people would be afraid they would die while trying to pass trucks around bends and avoid hitting anything that crosses the road. Good times for sure! Here are a few photos I was able to take on the drive.
Looking forward to seeing what’s in store tomorrow! I have an 8:00AM start with a day packed with places to see and then I’ll be taking a sleeper bus to Vang Vieng.