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Who says a watched pot never boils?

Wat Mai — Luang Prabang 

Just have to have the patience of a monk I guess. 

A young monk boils some water for lunch at Wat Mai in Luang Prabang. Not quite sure what he planned to cook, but I did see a package of ramen.

Luang Prabang in a day? It’s possible, but I wouldn’t recommend it

One day. That’s all On and I were going to have to explore as much of Luang Prabang as we could.  

It is possible, but I wouldn’t recommend it. After all, why would you want to spend over eight hours on a bus getting up here to have just one day to explore the city and then, get on another bus and head back to Vientiane the next day? 

I suppose I thought it would be kind of like Vientiane in that you could easily walk from one place to the next and see as much of the sights as you could in one day. I wasn’t too far off base with my assessment. There is a one-day walking tour map in the Laos Lonely Planet guidebook that features some of the more popular and “must-see” attractions like the Royal Palace Museum, Wat Xiang Thong and Wat Mai, so it is possible. 

Still, there is a lot of other cool things you can do here and you also might want to spread out your sightseeing over two-three days and just enjoy being in the idyllic surroundings of Luang Prabang. 

On and I were up early this morning to begin our exploration of the old Luang Prabang city where most of the temples and other heritage sites are located. It’s pretty chilly outside this morning. A lot colder than I thought it would be here for this time of the year. It’s also overcast today. Don’t think it is going to warm up a whole lot today. 

Our guesthouse includes breakfast—On is hungry this morning, but for me I just want come coffee, and lots of it to warm up. 

After breakfast we sort out our bus tickets back to Vientiane tomorrow and then it was off to our first temple.

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