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Day Eight – Luang Prabang

Posted on Monday, October 14th, 2013

Dave!And so today we left Hanoi and Vietnam to fly to Luang Prabang in Laos.

Despite a haze off in the distance obstructing the mountains, the area is incredibly beautiful. The airport is pretty much an airstrip on the outskirts of town, and walking across the tarmac lets you soak in the scenery...

Luang Prabang Airport

Disney wasted no time in getting things rolling by leaving the airport and driving directly to the Luang Prabang National Museum, which was formerly the Royal Palce...

National Museum Luang Prabang

A new temple is being built to house the Golden Buddha of the Royal Palace. Since the Buddha is not there yet, photography was permitted inside...

National Museum Luang Prabang

National Museum Luang Prabang

National Museum Luang Prabang

Unfortunately, photos were forbidden in the palace itself...

Royal Palace Shoes!

Lunch was at the Coconut Garden, which was a fantastic restaurant with some beautiful decorations hanging around the courtyards (that made me regret that we weren't returning there for dinner to see it at night)...

Coconut Garden Restaurant Luan Prabang Laos

Coconut Garden Coke

Coconut Garden Restaurant Luan Prabang Laos

After a delicious lunch, we were off to visit a couple of temples. The first of which had me more than a little worried about an electrical fire starting...

Temple in Luang Prabang, Laos

Temple in Luang Prabang, Laos

Outside, some novice monks were making arts and crafts in spectacular colors...

Novice Monks at a Temple in Luang Prabang, Laos

Novice Monks at a Temple in Luang Prabang, Laos

Then we were off to yet another one... the Vatxiengthongratsavoravihanh Temple (say that three times fast!).

A Temple in Luang Prabang, Laos

The sun was setting behind a Buddha on one side...

A Temple in Luang Prabang, Laos

While shining on an incredible golden building on the other side...

A Temple in Luang Prabang, Laos

Temple elephant break!

A Temple in Luang Prabang, Laos

In what I can only consider to be a huge stroke of luck, the tour was running late, which meant we got to see the monks being called to prayer. The chanting was mind-bogglingly beautiful...

Monks Call to Prayer at a Temple in Luang Prabang, Laos

Monks Call to Prayer at a Temple in Luang Prabang, Laos

Eventually a dog fight broke out during prayers, so one of the young novices was tasked with getting them out of the temple. Much like herding cats, the pour guy had his hands full...

Monks Call to Prayer at a Temple in Luang Prabang, Laos

And... dinner time.

But not before we received THE DISNEY PIN OF THE DAY!

D8 Disney Pin

I'm not sure what this is supposed to mean, but I do like Huey, Dewey, and Louie, so there's that.

Tomorrow is absolutely packed, and requires a 4:30am wake-up, so I suppose it's best to turn in early.

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  1. martymankins says:

    Wow. I like the detail they put into their temples.

    BTW, hope all is safe there. Just read the news about the plane crash there in Laos.

  2. love, love, love following along on this trip with you. thank you for sharing!

  3. Jens Kiel says:

    Absolutely breathtaking pictures. Thanks a lot for sharing, Dave!

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