Hive Bar and Restaurant that night. It also included a fashion show of traditional Laotian costumes by ETNIK followed by a fantastic performance by the B Boys Hip-Hop Show! The ribs were recommended to us and they didn't disappoint, definitely a place to visit if you're in Luang Prabang. After dinner we headed to a cool Backpacker Bar call Utopia which was really chilled! After a few hours I was flaking bad and along with a few others I headed back for some sleep while the rest of the group went to the Bowling Alley - the only place that serves alcohol after hours in Luang Prabang!
So after sailing down the Mekong all morning we arrived in lovely Luang Prabang, which is a UNESCO world heritage site. It's such a cool small city in North Central Laos and it was our destination for two days! We arrived around lunchtime and after a quick rest and a laundry stop, this hotel did laundry for a good rate and had a good rep. After a quick turn around were greeted with 30 bikes all ready for us for our bicycle tour of Luang Prabang. After my lovely friend Rena, nearly knocked me over within the first 30 seconds, we were on our way! After cycling for about 15 minutes we arrived at our first destination- Wat Xieng Thong Temple. It was absolutely beautiful, I know you see a lot of Temples in South East Asia, but each one of them is beautiful in their own right and each is just as interesting as the next. After stopping to soak it all in it was back on our bikes, and realised that the lovely guides had put a water bottle on each of our bikes - a nice touch especially in the afternoon heat! It was then onto our next destination which was a bit of a secret, we all just cycled behind our guide Kammy. A few of us in a race to get there first - not the safest idea now that I think of it, while we were racing ahead half the group got lost, but we eventually found them! Suddenly we stopped off at a little stall selling numerous different Snake Whiskeys. Not for the faint hearted and although incredibly tempting I politely passed. Although a few dare devils went for it and the verdict was rather mixed!
After that pit stop it was back on our bikes to make our way back to the hotel. It was an insane road with vans pulling up beside you, millions of other bikes and what seemed like one billion motorcyclists! It was an experience to say the least, but there's no denying it was so much fun. When we were all back in once piece a few of us decided to get something to eat and all went for the healthiest option which was Magnum ice creams. Don't ask me why but they're 10 times nicer in Asia- we were all extremely health conscious on holiday as you can tell! We then all went for a quick nap/Called home to let them know we were alive, before heading to the night markets for a bite to eat and some shopping! This was one of the cheaper markets along the way and is the only place you can buy metal souvenirs made out of bomb fragments. Laos was heavily bombed during the Vietnamese War- something they're suffering with to this day. I'll touch more on this when I'm discussing Vientiane however. After shopping we all went back to bed, as we were up at 4 am the next morning to feed alms to the Monks, which was probably one of my favourites things to do out of the entire trip! Up bright and early was tougher than I thought and the fact that it was pretty nippy didn't make it any easier, but how often can you experience giving Alms to monks at sunrise?
It was up bright and early to make our mammoth bus ride (8 hours) to Vang Vieng. I popped down the street before we headed off to buy some motion sickness tablets, and they worked a charm. Keep your eyes peeled for my next instalment tomorrow!