Friday, November 6, 2009

Luang Prabang We Love It

This is our last day here, we have found this town to be one of the loveliest of places we have ever visited.
The wonderful ambience,the beautifully kept streetscapes, the superb ancient temples, the gorgeous river side setting with mountains in the background, the yummy food, the lovely people, the cool evenings and mornings,the monks procession, the Buddha caves, the royal palace, the peace of not having many vehicles, lovely guest houses and small hotels, the charming laneways..........the flowers......
Well. what more can we say, you must come here soon.

Some shots from our stay in Luang Prabang

Our car awaits to drive us to the airport, a $20 splurge, a five minute drive one way.

View from hotel restaurant

Street gardens

Lanes connecting streets in town are beautifully planted

Euphorbias ar very commonly used here

Temple in Royal palace grounds

Royal palace museum

Ancient Buddhist Wat

Many Buddhas

Even more Buddhas

View from restaurant where we had lunch on Mekong River

Our next house....gorgeous !!

We are coming back in November 2010 for an extended stay before it gets too touristed, and before we can no longer afford to travel

Tum tum is yum yum !!!!

We have had some beautiful food here in Luang Prabang, beautiful restaurants in lush tropical settings.
Last night we went to the TUM TUM CHENG restaurant which also has a cooking school.
What we had:
  • River weed crackers with sesame seeds
  • TUM TUM secret soup ( chicken & pumpkin coconut & spices )  YUM YUM !!!
  • Lemon Grass Pork
  • Fish cooked in banana leaf with coconut & spices
combined with Beer Lao YUM YUM !!!!

Other food we have sampled.
  • Wild mushroom warm salad with spices.
  • Buffalo Laos sausages
  • Crispy spring rolls
  • Laos fish cakes
  • Duck Curry
  • Beef larp
  • various noodle soups for lunch
Most restaurants are very inexpensive, mains about $3 to $6