Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Day 3 Luang Prabang

Hired a minibus and driver for the day and headed out of the town for the spectacular waterfalls a couple of hours away. Interesting drive through the lush countryside and small villages.


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Driver told us that the area had been heavily flooded 10 days before and that the waterfall had been inaccessible.


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Managed to get some good pics and met up with a couple of Autralians who were on their 5th trip to Laos - they were very good guides and knew a lot about the flora and fauna too.











At the bottom of the falls was a bear rescue sanctuary. Apparently bear spleens are much sought after in Chinese herbal medicine. The bears had a big open play area and seemed content.






We then headed back to the town, stopping off to visit a 'typical' village and take in some of the local sites before heading to a new hotel, just outside the town, which had a swimming pool.










New hotel very pleasant with bananas and papaya growing right outside our room.



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