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Night Market: Fish Dinner

This is one in a series of photos taken at the night market in Luang Prabang, Laos. The Market is super cool, with fantastic shopping and a ton of places to eat. This is a picture of some of the fish that were for sale, there’s a nearby river, and i’m pretty sure the fish come from there, so it’s really fresh. The market is a nice, mellow place to hang out. Don’t get me wrong, it’s definitely a bit on the bustling side, but the attitude is pretty calm, and all of the vendors are friendly. Theres a ton of really cool hand made stuff to buy, as well as some antiques, and pretty much any sort of not-cheesy souvenir you’d want to buy (this includes a pretty impressive array of teeshirts). The food that we had while we were there was really good too, and since it’s market food you can eat it on the go, or sit at one of the tables set up in the food alley if you’d rather relax and eat. If you’re a skeptic when it comes to street food there are also plenty of good restaurants around in town.

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On the Shores of the Mekong

This picture was taken on the river bank of the Mekong in Laos, somewhere outside of Luang Prabang. We came on this spot while riding elephants on a joint elephant ride/ waterfall visit outside of the town we were staying in. Luang Prabang is a beautiful place, and it’s a great central location to stay and visit some of the outlying areas like this. Tours to visit the waterfall, ride elephants, visit the whiskey village, and visit the Cave of a Thousand Buddhas (Pak Ou Caves), can be arranged in the town of Luang Prabang. The Mekong is gorgeous, and there are lots of spots along the banks that offer beautiful views like this one. You can see the Mekong when you’re in town, but you get really nice views like this outside of town, and it’s great to explore and visit some of the outlying areas. I would recommend an elephant ride as a great day trip, I love elephants and it’s definitely an interesting experience to ride them through some of the more jungly areas outside of town.

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Asleep at the Wheel

This picture was taken in Luang Prabang, Laos. Here you will find a lot of these little vehicles, which go by different names depending on where you are, but in laos they are Tuk Tuks. These little carts are hooked up to motorbikes, and are actually a really effective (and fairly cheap) source of transportation. In Luang Prabang it’s pretty easy to get around on foot, but if you are going for a location a bit out of town, these are really fun to ride in. You can find them all over, but over by the river, just on the other side of the buildings on the main road in Luang Prabang, you can find these guys relaxing, or hanging out, and you can haggle with them on the price of a ride. Some of them, like this guy, even sleep in hammocks in the back. Pretty clever if you ask me!

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These pictures were taken at the amazingly beautiful Tat Kuang Si Waterfall, just outside Luang prabang, Laos. The waterfalls are absolutely gorgeous, and, you can swim in any of the pools that are marked for it (there are signs to tell you which pools you can or cannot swim in). The you can find a place in town to set up a visit here, and often the trips are a joint package with some of the other sight seeing stuff in the area. Just outside of the waterfalls there is an area where you can see asiatic black bears (in captivity); this area is a rescue center through Free the Bears. The group rescues bears that were captured for use in traditional medicine. The area is really cool, and the waterfalls are just stunning. Absolutely worth a visit!

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This series of pictures shows some of the many flat baskets that you can see around Luang Prabang, Laos. While the contents of the baskets varied, it looked like it was always food. Dried chili to be ground into pastes, dried sticky rice, and dried Morning Glory. I don’t know exactly why all of these things need to be dried, but I really liked the way the baskets were just set out on the sidewalks. Luang Prabang is a really pretty little town with a lot of interesting things to offer tourists, and with some really fantastic food!

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This picture was taken in Luang Prabang, Laos, at a restaurant on the main street called Khmu. The first dish is fried Mekong seaweed with a chili paste, and the second is stir fried Morning Glory. Both were absolutely delicious, as was the Chicken Susee (not pictured). Khmu is a fantastic restaurant, and if you don’t want to eat from the street food carts, this is a really good alternative. The street food carts are really good too, but this is better for a sit down meal.

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Elephants!

This picture was taken outside of Luang Prabang in Laos. Luang Prabang has some really nice stuff to offer tourists; great shopping, good food, nice temples, and some excursions. We went on this excursion where we rode elephants and got to see an amazing waterfall, where we went swimming. The elephant riding was lots of fun, and there are different deals you can work out. Some you only ride for an hour, some are all day training sessions with elephants where they actually go in the water and bathe. Whatever your preference you should be able to find a place and set up a day trip on the main road area in Luang Prabang. This elephant was a baby, so obviously we were riding a much bigger one, but this little guy was really cute, and curious!

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