Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Luang Prabang to Vientiane, Laos

On this day we wandered around one last time in the wonderful city of Luang Prabang, memorizing the sights and smells, and trying to capture it all. We saw monks strolling the streets, little altars, and interesting people everywhere hanging out in the charming caf├ęs and shops.

We visited the Royal Palace Museum, done in Beaux Arts style with a huge throne room, gifts from visiting royals and a magnificent interior with walls all painted red and decorated in glass mosaic murals top to bottom.

We enjoyed a last lunch in that city, then headed up to the airport for a 35 minute flight over the razor-edged mountains between here and Vientiane. The journey by car takes 10 hours.

After unpacking at the hotel we took a walking tour around the city, including a stroll by the River, where Daniella jumped into the middle of a badminton game with two young men, and took a few energetic swipes at the birdie, much to the amusement of the surrounding crowds! Before dinner, we headed on over for our "Real Deal, Vientiane Style" (written up in a separate post!).

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