My second full day in Luang Phrabang was similar to the first. I walked the
and as far as was
leisurely; no hiking. I walked each and every street, side street and pathway,
talking with locals whenever I could. Old
I passed many temples along the way, including Wat Xieng Thong, the town’s most famous temple and actually not very far from the guest house where I was staying.
Here’s some video of Wat Xieng Thong, shot by Richard Randall in late 2011 or early 2012, during a time of temple renovation: http://youtu.be/1K3rRNcJS1s
The temple is located very near the confluence of the Mekong and the
where, according to myth, the original town began: Khan rivers
I ate off the street – that is, I bought food from street vendors, staying away from restaurants that were three times as expensive. I did continue to visit
Mekong side restaurants in
the period between lunch and dinner, when they were generally empty or
near-empty. The timing was good for great views of the great river, a beer or two, and usually some conversation
with a waiter or waitress off from school for the summer.
Although tempted to buy stuff, I was content to just walk the night market again, seeing if I missed anything the night before: