Danny and Anna's Round The World Trip 2005 travel blog

Wat Pra Tard Kong

Wat Visounarath

Ban Phanom village

The hottest day so far in Laos if not SE Asia and we decide to hire bikes and see what exists in the Louang Prabang vicinity. A bad move which is easily identified by the heavy panting after little more than five minutes. The intention was to cool down with the wind draft but today the wind was non existent and we felt like we were on fire.

Anna decided she couldn't go on after we reached the first temple Wat Pra Tard Kong and so I was left to ride around my own. I should have probably gone back as well because by midday the heat was getting unbearable but I didn't want to feel like I wasted the bike hire fee and continued on looking for more sights to feed my hunger. (Tight, stubborn, silly all spring to mind!)

Next I headed towards a local village Ban Phanom which was close by and rode around the mud streets saying 'Sadabee' (hello) to the village children and stopped off for noodle soup for lunch. Very good it was too and being half the price of similar soups in LP itself made it taste all the better.

I was going to turn back after visiting Ban Phanom but I saw a sign for the grave of Henri Mouhot the French explorer who discovered Angkor Wat and decided to go and see his grave. The bike ride was a hard slog along a windy, bumpy mud road but I eventually found the grave nestled in amongst overgrowing trees. It was a bit of a disappointment as I expected a plaque or some sort of description but instead was presented with a simple white grave.

On the way back to the GH I stopped off at the oldest Wat in Laos - Wat Visounarath and in the grounds started talking to a monk who answered many of my questions on Buddhism. After spending some more of the afternoon in the next temple Wat Aran I decided it was time to head back and shower!

Day 78 complete

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