Traditional Lao-style clay stove.One of the highlights of our stay in Luang Prabang was taking a Lao cooking class through Tamarind restaurant. We’d had the opportunity to eat delicious Lao food — so it was time to learn how to cook it.
Predictably, we had some good food in Thailand, but we were also wowed by some excellent meals in Luang Prabang as well. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised given that it is a major regional tourist destination. And after checking out the fresh meat, fish and produce at the daily morning market, it’s easy to seeContinue reading “Luang Prabang | Food”
In Luang Prabang we stayed at the Mekong Riverview Hotel, a lovely bed and breakfast on the outskirts of Luang Prabang town, where Kail stayed the first time he visited in 2011. Since then, the Mekong Riverview Hotel has expanded to include a second building and a riverfront restaurant.
I enjoy shopping on trips, less because I want to buy stuff and more because I like exploring local markets (like Khan El Khalili Bazaar in Cairo and the Merliot Vegetable Market in San Salvador). Our R&R to Thailand, Laos and Cambodia was no exception — especially in Luang Prabang.
Our final morning in Luang Prabang, we woke before sunrise to watch Tak Bat, the morning alms round during which monks collect food from the local people. It is a centuries-old living Buddhist tradition that has become a major tourist attraction — and a somewhat controversial one.
After a few days diving and enjoying the beach in Thailand, visiting Luang Prabang, Laos was a very different change of pace. Luang Prabang is a relaxed, peaceful town on the Mekong River, filled with Buddhist temples, cafes and restaurants, boutiques and quaint B&Bs.
Kail and I just returned from an R&R in Thailand, Laos and Cambodia — our third of five trips during our one-year assignment in Kabul. It was a fantastic trip and felt like a true break, I think partly because it was slightly longer than our previous trips (to Nepal and the Maldives) and becauseContinue reading “Thailand, Laos & Cambodia | By the Numbers”