Luang Prabang Day 1
Arrived 11:30am from Bangkok on Bangkok Airlines using our Air Pass – a full service airline so we got breakfast. Views over the countryside pretty amazing.
In less than half an hour we had got our visa on arrival, cleared immigration & customs, changed some Aussie dollars into Kip and were on the way to town. Taxi cost 50,000kip (about $6.50AUD)
A little detour via a similarly named guest house and we arrived at Villa Chitdara – what a little gem. One street from the Mekong & one back from the main street. Everything in walking distance, friendly staff and our room faces the street so we can watch Tak Bat - the morning alms procession.
Out on a wander round town to get our bearings, lunch at alittle place facing the Nam Khan incuding Beer Laos cost about $8. Walked round to where the Nam Khan meets the Mekong and then checked out a couple of Wats. I had taken a long sleeved shirt to cover up but I continue to be amazed at the number of young women travellers who go in wearing thin strapped singlet tops.
It is monsoon season so it is hardly surprising that a big storm had been brewing all afternoon and hit just as we headed out for dinner. It came in really quickly and we had to take shelter in a little restaurant to put on the ponchos. Finally after taking them on two previous trips we get to use them. Much merriment among the restaurant staff and patrons when Tony managed to put is on back to front and had the hood covering his face.