I got the VIP bus to Luang Prabang and was told it would take 5 hours. It was one puncture and a full 8 hours traversing those roads through the mountain, which is incredibly scenic but seems never ending. On arrival and having regained blood to my legs again I headed for the Rama hotel for some well deserved comfort before I climb back in a boat for the trip to the Thai border. I crashed out totally exhausted from my trip.
I woke up on day two and headed out for breakfast at the Joma Café which is also present at Vientiane for the best bagels in Laos. Then I wandered around for a couple of hours and admired the wonderful colonial French architecture. I also went to Vat Mai which although small has some wonderful carvings covered in gold leaf.
I woke up on the third day and to my surprise it was raining again so I had breakfast and camped out in my hotel room waiting for a break in the weather. The rain didn't break so I hired a boat to take me to the Pak Ou caves. On the way we stopped at the Lau Lau whisky making village where you can buy a bottle for $2. I got to the Pak Ou caves and have to say the lower of the caves is definitely the more impressive with about 2500 Buddha images and has an impressive view of the Mekong River. The upper cave isn't all that and is not really worth the climb up. There is a $1 entrance fee for the caves and it is expected to make a small donation and incense offering to Buddha. It carried on bucketing down for another 2-3 hours and eventually after getting back to Luang Prabang and camping out in the room again, it stopped. I took of advantage of the sun and headed for Mount Phousi and it is pronounced pussy which is hilarious as all the novice monks keep asking me if I have seen the pussy view. There is a small temple and stupa on top but the view alone is worth the climbing of the 329 steps especially at sunset. I have also had a look at some of the other temples but unfortunately I have not got to see the Kuangsi waterfalls because of the weather but will do it next time as I leave for Thailand tomorrow.
Steve's Big Trip. Ayutthava. Start. • Chaing Mai • Koh Lanta • Koh Samui • Koh Yao Noi • Angkor Temples • Battambang • Phnom Penh • Siem Reap • Sihanoukville • Champassak • Luang Prabang • Pak Beng • Pakse • Savannakhet • Vang Vieng • Vientiane • Xepon • Disaster. End.