Saturday, December 19, 2009

Luang Prabang

Our second stop in Lao was Luang Prabang, the old royal capital of Lao. It was a long windy bus ride, Luang Prabang is north of Vientiane and in a mountainous region. The city, along the Mekong River is another UNESCO world heritage city. One of the main 'tourist' streets, lined with restaurants, shops and tour agencies.Views of the city from a hilltop temple. We watched a beautiful sunset there.

We rented bikes (nice mountain bikes with gears this time) and rode out through beautiful countryside to a waterfall 25 kilometers outside of the town.

This was a lower pool where we could swim.
We were ready for a swim by the time we got there, though it was chilly water!
One of the many temples Luang Prabang is famous for--they were all beautifully and ornately deocrated inside and out.

A second wat (temple) on the same grounds.
The back of this temple had a beauiful 'Tree of Life' mosaic on the facade, smaller temples on the same site were also covered in mosaic stories.

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