We decided to have a simple lunch of fried noodles and stopped for lunch beside the stalls along the Mekong. We have a simple system to gauge where we will have our meal, 1) by the price of the fruit shake ( this should be from 5,000 – 6,000 kip ( RM 2 – RM2.40) and 2) a standard plate/bowl of noodles should be 15,000 – 18,000kip. Above this level, we will move on to the next stall. Most of the stalls have the menu /price list displayed at the front of the stall
Fried vermicelli ( more vegetables than noodles!)
The noodles cost 15,000 kip ( RM6) per plate. Rather tasty but a bit salty.
After lunch, we headed back to our room and had a rest as it was too hot for sightseeing anyway. And re-started our touristy activity at about 3pm and went on our bikes to make arrangements for our trip to Pak Ou Cave and KuangSi waterfall tomorrow. After surveying 3 tour companies, we decide to go with a particular one ( cheaper by 10,000kip) for 105,000kip.we were told to assemble in front of the tour company at 8 a.m the next day. We paid the required sum and as it was already 4p.m, we decide to return our bikes before we visit Mt Phousi.
There are 2 main routes to go up Mt Phousi, we decide to follow the recommendation of one of the guidebook which suggested the use of the route opposite the Royal Palace Museum which is a more straightforward way .
The steps were wide and not too steep, so, it wasn’t a too difficult walk uphill, about 10 mins walk, we arrive a an area where we paid 20,000kip for the entrance ticket. There was a round stupa a few steps beside the counter . There were some offerings place by devotees around the stupa. A flock of chicken was loitering around as well.
There are a total of 328 steps from the base to the summit of Mt Phouse , where Wat Chomsi is situated.Along there way there were lots of cempaka trees.
The golden stupa of Wat Chomsi can be viewed from many locations in Luang Prabang,close up- I had expected it will be a rather big golden stupa but errr..it wasn’t as big as I thought lah.
Inside the main shrine hall.
Mt Phousi is said to be a good location to view the sunset, but we were a bit too early but still we get to get a view of Luang Prabang beneath us .
For our descend , we decide to take a different route and halfway downhill, we came to Wat Tham Phu Si which was referred as a small cave temple . Inside one of the cave.
Along the way downhill, it was rather picturesque, with many golden Buddha statues in various poses.
We end up next to the Khan river bank, while taking a breather we struck up conversation with a group of young joggers who were resting , they turned out to be university students studying English literature. There are 3 Uni in Laos.
We took a slow stroll back to the direction of our guest house and had a stop at ‘Stay Another Day’ read about it here –a fair trade project to help the locals, there were a lot of interesting items on display /sale-paintings, handicrafts, clothes, toys etc, we also got to try a variety of teas made from lemongrass, Baekm mulberry, rosella and ginger.
We walked to the night market and as agreed earlier, we took a seat at the stall selling grilled stuff – sausage , fish, ribs, chicken , buffalo meat etc .
We chose to have grilled sausage, grilled chicken drumstick and grilled ribs served with sticky rice- the meal cost us 30,000kip ( RM12) cheap horrrr..? the drumstick was well marinated and tender, ribs were really tasty and the sausage was stuffed with flavoured meat, only grouse would be that the sticky rice was rather hard.