Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Travel day

Day 78:  Quietude

After breakfast at our hotel, our tuktuk driver dropped us off at the airport for our next destination: Laos. After a full day of travelling, we arrived in Luang Prabang and made our way to our hotel, which was a little out of the centre of town and former residence of the Prince of Luang Prabang. We dropped our stuff off and took the hotel shuttle to town to walk around a bit. The night market in Luang Prabang is so extremely different from anywhere else in Southeast Asia. The people have their storefronts laid out on the ground but you don’t hear a peep out of anyone! No one hassles, no one bothers – you could hear a pin drop! It was such a nice change from the constant bombardment of sellers we’re used to. We could actually walk through the market and just look at stuff without feeling any pressure to buy! 

After we walked through the market, we went for dinner in town, which was equally and as unbelievably quiet as the market. We had heard about how peaceful Laos was but we didn’t know it was this quiet! It was such a wonderful change from everywhere else we’ve been in Southeast Asia. Another different thing about Luang Prabang is that the town has a curfew! So after dinner, we took our shuttle back to the hotel and went to bed. So far, even with just the little we have seen in Luang Prabang, we love the feeling of this town, and its peaceful and quiet energy. 
 Quiet night market

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