Random Luang Prabang

19 04 2016

This is the final post for my visit to Luang Prabang, Laos between February 27 and March 2, 2016.

Just random random shots…





Buildings and Their Facades in Luang Prabang

18 04 2016

What I’ve gathered here is mostly French colonial type of buildings and facades with a couple of slightly more traditional Lao houses thrown in at the end as such is what you would encounter if you’re a tourist in Luang Prabang, Laos.

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A commonly seen sign

A commonly seen sign

Lao architecture explained  Hope it’s correct!

 





Kids of Luang Prabang, Laos

17 04 2016

I did not have direct contact with any of them until the last day when I went on a trip to the “caves” which to me seemed more like a tourist trap though for the Lao people, may not be so, difficult to tell.

Anyway, here they are, kids from and outside Luang Prabang, Laos.

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The girls above were not as innocent as they may appear to be.  They tried to sell me a bag of old banana chips after deliberately getting on the same boat as me and I said no.  I asked to take a picture of them and they in turn asked for money so I immediately deleted the photo I had just shot of them.  I still wanted a photo of them so suggested that I buy the chips but that they would pose for me as well.  I wouldn’t dare pay them for just being in the photos.  I paid them what they asked for the banana chips which in hindsight was wrong.  I should have negotiated but these things tire me out when I’m on vacation trying to have fun…!!

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A boy at a paper/souvenir store

Young monks crossing the river

Young monks crossing the river

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“Nori” in Luang Prabang

16 04 2016

We use the term “nori” for our (Japanese) dried seaweed that is commonly used in wrapping rolls of sushi or onigiri.

They have something similar called “kai phaen” in Luang Prabang, Laos though it is much more strongly seasoned which reminded me more of the Korean variety of nori.

A lady selling sheets of kai phaen at the morning market

A lady selling sheets of kai phaen at the morning market

I had to try it so had it for my second lunch after the noodles on the day I was leaving Luang Prabang.

I had to try it so had it for my second lunch after the noodles on the day I was leaving Luang Prabang.

Served with "tsukudani" like condiment

Served with “tsukudani” like condiment

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The Best Noodle House in Luang Prabang

13 04 2016

Such is what I read about this little casual noodle place on multiple guidebooks and travel sites.  My final very enjoyable lunch in Luang Prabang, Laos happened here.

Lunch is served.

Lunch is served.

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The view across the street from the noodle shop.

The view across the street from the noodle shop.

I had read that by about 2 pm the noodles are gone and they close the shop so I made sure I went early enough to avoid any disappointment.

I had read that by about 2 pm the noodles are gone and they close the shop so I made sure I went early enough to avoid any disappointment.





To Market! in Luang Prabang

12 04 2016

My favorite activity on any trip: going to the local food market to check out what people sell, buy and eat.  This is the “morning market” in Luang Prabang, Laos.

Whoa. Rats. To eat, as pets...?

Whoa. Rats. To eat, as pets…?

From the Mekong?

From the Mekong?

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Morning Alms in Luang Prabang

11 04 2016

This was on the day I was leaving Luang Prabang when I got up early to catch the monks in their alms giving ceremony at the crack of dawn.

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Still dark outside

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But quickly the sun is rising.

They have already begun.

They have already begun.

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Tourists participating

Tourists participating

These stools were occupied with Chinese tourists earlier.

These stools were occupied by Chinese tourists earlier.

What you can offer.

What you can offer on sale.

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Locals in the ceremony

Locals in the ceremony

All of this going on on the main street in town while the road is blocked from traffic.

All of this going on on the main street in town while the road is blocked from traffic.








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