Day 285 – Mount Phou Si in Luang Prabang

The fish from the night market didn’t agree with John as yet again he had stomach troubles. I ate half the fish but didn’t seem to have any problems. We took it easy in the morning only heading around the corner to get some food. With John having to stay near the bathroom, we also sent the morning doing some research into a day trip to the famous Kuangsi Waterfalls.

Laos has been previously occupied by the French and their influence still remains in the country – in the buildings as well as in the food, namely the baguette! The baguette has become part of the locals diet and there were loads of stalls selling baguette sandwiches with pretty much any kind of filling. We grabbed one each for breakfast. It was ok, nothing amazing, but a great budget eat.

Cheap French stick sandwiches

Cheap French stick sandwiches

One of the many temples in the town

One of the many temples in the town

We headed back to the hostel and proceeded to have a good nap. I think around 3 hours while John continued to visit the bathroom which we now found out was infested with ants.

After the nap we headed out to a really nice hotel / restaurant for an afternoon snack at a place called Arthouse Cafe.

Really nice food at the Arthouse Cafe, Luang Prabang, Laos

Really nice food at the Arthouse Cafe, Luang Prabang, Laos

The food gave us some energy and by now, John was feeling much better, so we decided to climb up the hill in the middle of the town called Mount Phou Si. At the top there is a small temple with a great view. It wasn’t too steep to climb up and we reached the peak fairly quickly. The view from the top wasn’t disappointing.

The steps up Mount Phou Si

The steps up Mount Phou Si

The view to the south from Mount Phou Si

The view to the south from Mount Phou Si

To the North from Mount Phou Si

The view north from Mount Phou Si

Another class pose with a water bottle

Another class pose with a water bottle

After a little rest at the top we headed back down. By then, the night market was all set up along the street and we headed back to the food market to have a buffet. John was still eager even after the dodgy stomach – it was 80p a plate after all. There are several of these buffet style stalls to choose from and you literally grab a plate and pile as much as you can on it for a measly 80p. What a bargain! The food is all pretty standard with noodles, rice, variety of meats and veg.

The night market set up with the Haw Pha Bang temple at the Royal Palace in the background

The night market set up with the Haw Pha Bang temple at the Royal Palace in the background

About Julia Chan

I’m Julia and I've just returned from the adventure of my life. I went travelling around South America, the South Pacific and South East Asia for 12 months, and I'd do it all over again if I could! Julia on Google+
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