Boat on the Mekong River, Luang Prabang, Laos

March 31, 2009

When I started the previous boat posting on the Mekong River, you could probably guess where next to the boat photos. I’ve been around the Mekong River many times last year. Luang Prabang was one of destinations. The town is located alongside the Mekong River. How couldn’t I get the boat photos?

Here are some photos taken on a boat trip to Pak Ou Caves.

Boats at Pak Ou Caves

Boats at Pak Ou Caves


Paddling boat on the Mekong

Paddling boat on the Mekong


A modern coffee shop in Luang Prabang

February 15, 2009

img_6159JOMA Bakery Café is another coffee shop I visited in Luang Prabang. Decorated in a contemporary style, serve fresh baked goods daily and coffee and chill-out atmosphere are experiences you can get at the place. The shop is also well known for the fair-trade certified, organic Lao Arabica coffee. It is located at Chao Fa Ngum Road, just one block from the Post Office.

Because of word of mouth and travel guide books mentioned how delicious products and nice atmosphere of the shop are, I then have to become one of inspectors.

How was my comment?? Well, twice visits at Luang Prabang branch and one last time at Vientiane branch before I completed my trip …no more words 😉

Load of products

Load of products

Chill-out downstairs

Chill-out downstairs

Gallery atmosphere upstairs

Gallery atmosphere upstairs

Outside view

Outside view


A local coffee shop in Luang Prabang

February 13, 2009

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During my trip in Luang Prabang last year, I visited two coffee shops. These places are oftentimes mentioned by travellers. They are totally different coffee shop styles though. The one I’m now showing you is in a local style, named “Pa-Sa-Ne-Yom Coffee Shop”. You can see this shop style on the street. I don’t know about others traveller particularly Western and European, but this shop is really well-known amongst Thai people. There’s even a phrase like “If you travel to Luang Prabang but you don’t have an experience at Pasaneyom Coffee Shop, you are not into Luang Prabang indeed”. Well, how could I miss it then!

The shop is located at Souvanbanlang Street alongside Mekong River, at a corner of T-junction near a ferry to Xieng Maen.

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Waiting...

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Long fritters (Banana fritters) in a row

I can finish them all!

I can finish them all!

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Owners


Sunset at Phu Si Hill, Luang Prabang

January 12, 2009

Sundown

Sundown

Going up to the Phu Si Hill around 4 or 5pm and staying there till the sunset time is kind of a treat. I did not miss the chance but what I did fail is that I could not get a chance to climb up in the morning. I believed that it would be one of my favorite photos in the Day and Night Photograph Collection thence…deplorable 😦 

Till the last moment

Till the last moment


Phu Si – A breathtaking viewpoint in Luang Prabang

January 11, 2009
Golden pagoda at the top

Golden Pagoda at the top

 

Phu Si (Mount Phou Si) is a hill located at the center of Luang Prabang town.There are two entrances to walk up to the top of the hill either taking 328 steps at the Sisavangvong Raod, opposite the front gate of Royal Palace Museum, or backstairs at a side road of the Nam Kan River, you then enjoy panoramic views of Luang Prabang town.

Salute

Salutation

Northward view - Nam Khan River at the left hand

Northward view - Nam Khan River at the left hand

Turn to the right side from above photo

Turn to the right side from the above photo

Runway of Luang Prabang airport

Runway of Luang Prabang Airport

South - Mekong River View

Southward view - Mekong River


Mr.Bollonet and the customers

January 9, 2009

I found a man who seemed to be a favorite person for the kids when I was at Pak Ou Caves. He was a good tactician to entertain all those kids.

Mr.Bollonet

Mr.Bollonet

Sister and brother

Sister and brother

I got one!

I got one!

I got two!!

I got two!!

Small one for me

Small one for me


Kouang Si Waterfall

January 5, 2009

kouangsiimg_6067I actually paid 125,000 kips for a day trip to travel to Pak Ou Caves in the morning and Kouang Si Waterfall in the afternoon. A van transported us from a local tour office to the waterfall for distance approximately 30 kilometers south of the town.

 

Tat Kouang Si is a wide, many-tiered waterfall tumbling over limestone formations into a series of cool and turquoise pools. The beautiful waterfall is easy to access. Walking along verdant pathway around 700 meters, the stunning view of over 20 meters height waterfall reveals to your eyesight. Admission fee 20,000 kips

Commanding height

Commanding height

Tiers

Tiers

Lower floor

Lower floor

Turquoise pool

Turquoise pool