EXPLORING THIS UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE CITY
20.01.2018 - 14.02.2018 28 °C
Luang Prabang is a UNESCO World Heritage City and has a few very special experiences and places worthy of visiting. So today, I took in those highlights.
One of the most sacred Lao traditions, the Buddhist Alms Giving Ceremony occurs every morning at sunrise, as the monks, collect food for their meal of the day.It is meant to be a be a highly revered ritual for locals, it has become a real tourist attraction, and my experience felt more authentic once I left the main road that was packed with tourist not respecting the rules that are clearly posted, and headed to the back roads.
I was curious about the little garbage cans along the way. Monks would take things out and toss them in the garbage. It seems wasteful but I guess if they only get one meal a day, the have the right to keep the best things.
One of the most respected holy sites in Lao; Pak Ou Caves have a history dating back thousands of years. Packed with over 4,000 Buddha icons, the caves, a shrine to the river spirit and Lord Buddha, are set in a dramatic limestone cliff at the point where the Mekong joins the Nam Ou River. There are two caves to visit, the lower cave called Tham Ting and the upper cave Tham Theung, both boasting miniature Buddhist figures that are mostly made from wood.
Kuang Si (Xi) Waterfall is the biggest in the Luang Prabang area with three tiers leading to a 50-metre drop into spectacular azure pools before flowing downstream. This place was really beautiful. I was really tempted to swim but I am admittedly paranoid about some of the parasites that lurk in local waters in this part of the world, so decided to pass.
The evening was spent exploring the night market again. Here's a view from the hotel roof top.
And having a delicious bowl of Kao Soy, or Khao Soi as it is known in Myanmar, is a Burmese dish that is also popular here and in Northern Thailand. Delicious.