Last Days in Laos: Luang Prabang

We arrived in Luang Prabang a little worn out from the crazy van ride from Nong Khiaw. Luang Prabang is a UNESCO protected penninsula of 33 buddist temples. The first order of business here was to secure our Vietnam visas, so we went to the Vietnam consulate and got the $60 process started (cheaper than the $100 application from the US).
Over the next 5 days, we toured the streets, night market,  a museum, and a waterfall park. Sylvie also found a clinic to get her #4 rabies shot.  Despite the very hot and humid weather, we used the free bikes from our lovely guesthouse to get around the city and the bamboo bridge for short walks into town.
Above: Tuk-tuk driver catching a nap between rides. Below: Garbage collection
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Above: Sylvie riding on the bridge along with motorbikes
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Above: our favorite hang-out in Luang Prabang, a French bakery
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Above and below: bamboo bridge, very rickety
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Above: vendor sleeping in her stall at the market…
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Our visit to the UXO museum was surely an eye-opener:
Lao People’s Democratic Republic has the unwanted distinction of being per capita the most heavily bombed nation in the world.  Between the years 1964 and 1973, the United States flew more than half a million bombing missions (known as the “Secret War”), delivering more than two million tons of explosive ordnance, in an attempt to block the flow of North Vietnamese arms and troops through Laotian territory. It is estimated that up to 30% of all ordnance did not explode. Those unexploded bombs (UXO) continue to remain in the ground, injuring and killing people, and hindering socio-economic development and food security.
Certainly not in any of our history classes. We felt humbled and slightly embarrassed.
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Kuang Si waterfalls was absolutely a fabulous visit and just a short tuk tuk ride outside of Luang Prabang. We went there in the early morning hours and it was very uncrowded with good lighting. The falls were flowing beautifully and the setting was lush and peaceful. Besides the waterfalls, the park also houses 23 Asiatic black bears that were confiscated by the Lao Government from illegal poaching and trading.
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9 Responses to Last Days in Laos: Luang Prabang

  1. Gene says:

    We ate at that same bakery! It was a nice place to sit in the shade and enjoy a treat or two.
    I like the waterfall shots. Did you hand-hold those for the long exposures? I think we went to those same falls too.

    • speters14 says:

      We ate at that bakery 3 times, soooo good! Yes we slowed the shutter speed and hand held those…not bad, we can’t take credit though it’s just a good camera with a decent stabilizer.

  2. Terrea says:

    Love the red flowers with the red monks’ robes. And that waterfall!!! You two look more energetic and happier in these pics. Hope things are going more smoothly overall. How many more rabies shots, Sylvie? Gawd!

  3. Kathy godare says:

    Laos was certainly prettier than where we were in Vietnam! Home now trying to recover. Enjoy. Love your shots!!!

  4. Sarah says:

    Hi There! Wondering the clinic used for the 4th rabies shot? As that is exactly what I need. Please do let me know!

    Thank you so much,

  5. Sarah says:

    Hi There! What clinic did you use for the 4th rabies shot? I am in need of that exact one. Please do let me know!

    Thank you very much!

    • speters14 says:

      Hi Sara

      I don’t know what the clinic name was but it was a private clinic/pharmacy not to far (we were on bikes) from the Vietnamese consulate. It was recommended to us by the owner of the B&B we stayed at. I would ask the hotel you are staying at or bed and breakfast places where a “tourist”/private clinic can be found. The doctor who gave me the shot spoke good English. Good luck, hope you find a place. Not fun having to deal with this while on the road,

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