Luang Prabang in a few photos

27 Mar

As I write, we have spent a week in Luang Prabang. On Monday, I ploughed a field with a buffalo. On Thursday, I participated in a Hmong shaman ceremony. And, yesterday I bought chopsticks made out of bomb remnants. Exciting times, and I should have given you seven paragraphs on each of the days we have spent here. But, instead of mile-long paragraphs, which I would undoubtedly end up with, I will rather show you some photos of this brilliant place. And, of course tell you the monk joke – my first and probably only – that I learnt in Luang Prabang.

The monk that was given a watermelon

Once, there was a man who really wanted to go to heaven. So he brought a big watermelon to give to the monks in the morning. He put it into the bowl of one of the monks, whose bowl was then completely full. The monk could not carry anything else than the watermelon and had to return to the temple. The monk ate only watermelon that day. So instead of going to heaven, the man went to hell.

 

Mr Chum's snake whiskey

Our stay in Luang Prabang would not have been the same without Mr. Chum. For years, he has been serving up Laos' finest and cheapest whiskey to tourists from glass jars filled with snakes. He even has a stack of guestbooks for his little bar on the river front.
 
 

The waterfall

Hard to miss, as every tuk tuk driver in town will suggest to take you there.
 

 

Street food

In a narrow side street to the night market, you will find lines of BBQ stalls. Cheap and tasty…until our stomachs started doing acrobatics.

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