We started our first full day in Laos with a run up to the temple (Wat) we found the day before, and sat at watched the morning mist rise off the forests. It was amazing. We came back and ate some awesome local noodle soups for breakfast. Walking around the town and going for our run we have realised that we are the attraction in town. Apparently this town only started getting tourists a couple of years ago and most locals still don’t have any English whatsoever, and stare at us in bewilderment. In the afternoon we decided to visit the temple again to see the sunset. We left it a little late and it was a bit dark when we got up there, still worth it though and a really beautiful view. We think we could spend all day every day up there. We also saw a traditional ceremony with the monks inside the temple chanting. In this silent, majestic setting it was very surreal. Then we had dinner at the night market, we had even more fruits we have never seen or heard of before and they were delicious. We also had the most massive green Papaya salad ever. We are yet to take any photos of the night market as this far north the locals consider it quite rude to take photos so we will wait til we get to know them better and then take some. (We have already extended our stay here for at least another week.) After dinner some friends we met here, Eric and Emma, told us about their afternoon trip to Muang Sing and it sounded so cool that we have all decided to rent a van and go there today for a couple of days along with two other girls Miriam and Trina that we met. As we had spent part of the afternoon helping our new Laotian friend Bun-Mee with his English, we got him to book us the van so we’re good to go. So… watch this space. Did we mention Laos is incredibly awesome and we are loving it here?
View our location map in Luang Namtha
Yesterday we walked down to the Thai Border, got stamped out of Thailand, and got a tiny boat across the Mekong river to Laos. We got our visa’s for Laos and organised transport and then proceeded to wait for our van to arrive to take us to Luang Namtha, in northern Laos surrounded by National Park. Over the 4 hour journey in the van, we drove through some really amazing tiny villages and so many rice terraces and mountains. After lunch we decided to go for a walk around town and decided to walk up to the temple. From up there we had the most amazing view and complete silence, it was one of the most amazing experiences of our entire trip so far. We didn’t have our camera and loved it so much that we will most likely go up there again for an entire afternoon and take some photos. When we came back into town we discovered the most awesome night market right across from our guesthouse (we are just so lucky with things like that on this trip!!) and tried heaps of food we have never seen or heard of before – black nuts, small fruits, blue vegetables, we watched them making fresh rice noodles and then ate them, all in all it was just a fantastic afternoon and evening and has made us totally love Laos already. The view up at the temple was like nothing we had seen before, it was just so perfect. We can’t wait to back up there and see some more of Luang Namtha.