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Solid wood carved doors at Wat Luang

Wat Luang

Monk inside Wat Luang

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Evening prayer at Wat Luang

It was hard to get going this morning but we had a lot of chores to do. We went to the bank, worked on the website and then went to scope out a hotel to spend my birthday. The place we were interested in was the Champasak Palace Hotel, originally built for a prince and renovated into a hotel in the 1990s. In particular, we were interested in the presidential suite, which sounded lovely. We went to check it out and it was exactly what we were looking for, no doubt about it. We reserved the room and with that task complete we went to see a couple of wats around town. We wandered into one and here we met several great people, monks included. We chatted a long time and eventually all made our way into the wat for evening prayer, where we sat in the back. Afterwards, we and our new friends (a Hungarian, a Malay and a Swiss) walked around aimlessly and then decided to eat at the Indian restaurant. We had a pleasant evening with Koon from Malaysia and Danny from Switzerland, chatting about the usual topic of travel. Danny was headed to Champasak tomorrow, as we were, so we made plans to meet at the restaurant for breakfast.

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