Saturday, May 30, 2009

22-25 May – Luang Prabang, Laos

We spent some days in the old royal capital of Luang Prabang, now a World Heritage, on the banks of the Mekong River.
The town is full of French colonial style buildings, now turned into guest houses, boutique hotels, restaurants, souvenir shops and trendy cafés where WiFi access comes with your cappuccino.
There is a nice food market and an exhaustingly large night market where tourists can satisfy all their souvenir needs.
Luang Prabang is famous for its many wats (Buddhist temples). Orange clad monks can be seen all over town, walking under their umbrellas or pedaling their bicycles.
In the villages around Luang Prabang, people are making a lot of handicrafts, using all the resources nature can offer. The Mulberry tree, for example, is used for many things. The leaves are food for the silk worms. The berries are eaten raw, dried or in yummy mulberry jam. The bark is used for making paper. The kids tried their hand at this, thrilled that they could create their own paper.

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