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2015 - MEKONG RIVER in LAOS, five days in Luang Prabang

Waiting in LP for the Mekong Sun river boat for a short cruise on the Mekong River


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Getting to Luang Prabang from Yangon was fairly easy .. a connection in Bangkok, which is becoming very familiar

Here is the view from across the road from my hotel .. not too shabby.

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then a left turn & a walk along the river looking for a spot to have a quiet sit down & a beer .. past the little park ..

& into the restaurant with this as the view .. the river on the left is the Mekong ,, the one in the foreground is a tributary.

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Maybe I will cross the bridge .. later ..

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instead I finish my beer & keep walking but alongside the Mekong now...

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A left turn & I head up alleyways into town ..

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Nice flowers & a Pagoda or two . . of course

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It was quite wet while I was here & I was struck by the number of people who drive motorbikes & hold umbrellas

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The ICON Klub .. closed now but maybe I will try it of an evening.

Looks a nice little town .. very clean .. people are more reserved than Myanmar .. not so many smiles or hellos but friendly enough

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I have five days here until my river boat takes me out on the Mekong . . . so still time for a look around town .. I have taken the road outside the hotel & turned right this time .. along the river that runs into the Mekong.

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Pop into the market for a bite to eat ..

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I am going to cross over the river now .. nice safe bridge.

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That is lovely little restaurant . . set into the trees, it cascades down the hill towards the river.

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Back across the river .. another lovely restaurant with a great view over the river

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Another pleasant evening stroll round town ..

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and the sun goes down on the Mekong ..

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ladies selling lottery tickets ..

I am going to take the ferry across the Mekong .. a bit of a mix-up paying for the ride . . the guy got the idea I was with the only other foreigner on board & I ended up paying for him too .. never mind . . it was only a dollar or two.

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A nicely paved road to walk along .. . .

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Time for a sit down here & a quiet beer . . this side of the river is not so pristine as the Luang Prabang side .. I wonder if there is any tourist accommodation over here.

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At the ferry where the captain sorted out my fare mix-up .. nice of him. .. he could have just ignored me.

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looking back at the girls working hard

& a nice little vegetable patch ..

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Up very early today to see the monks gathering alms .. something very touristy here in Luang Prabang but the locals participate too ..

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Monks gather in the grounds of monasteries ..

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There are many people selling food to donate to the monks ..

And tourists making donations ..

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And locals.

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That's goodbye to Luang Prabang for a week while I cruise the river on the Mekong Sun.

Posted by hasbeen 15:05 Archived in Laos

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Cool! Love your photos Steve. Especially enjoy street scenes and yours are fabulous :) Love the girl on the bike with an umbrella haha.
Good stuff.
Cheers
Ann

by aussirose

Thanks Anne .. it's nice to know someone has seen them .. I will get around to writing the rest of that trip one of these days .. It was very long.
From Laos I moved on to Australia so maybe you will see something familiar.

Steve

by hasbeen

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