Saturday, July 9, 2011

Waterfalls and Lao Street Food

On a 103 degree day in Luang Prabang, Dana and I finally listened to the suggestions of the myriad tuk-tuk drivers who roam around and offer trips to the nearby waterfall.

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However, after learning that the waterfall was 36km away, we decided to go VIP and take a minibus (for some reason, all the tour agencies advertise buses/cars with A/C as "VIP").

Good thing, because the drive was long and bumpy, and it would have been no fun in the back of a rickety tuk-tuk.

Arriving at the waterfall, the weather was already much cooler. It was relaxing to walk around, look at the bear preservation that is in the same park, and spend some time hiking around.
There were some funny signs at the entrance to the park. Apparently some Western travelers have some hygiene issues.

From K - Luang Prabang Mkt and Waterfall


From K - Luang Prabang Mkt and Waterfall


We even finished off the waterfall trip with some rides on the tree swing. So fun!

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From She Flies With Her Own Wings

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On to the important part: the food!

Lao street food is very similar to Thai food. My favorite spicy papaya salad also makes an appearance is Laos, but here it's made with miniature eggplant and without the crushed peanuts. Still extremely delicious at $1 for a freshly made salad, mixed together in the giant mortar and pestle.

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The vegetarian summer rolls are also delicious.

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I decided to pass on these.

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Dana asked the street food vendor: "What is this?"

The answer they gave: "Insides".

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On a more delicious note, these are the best things ever. Bits of banana covered in sticky rice and fried.

From K - Luang Prabang Mkt and Waterfall

2 comments:

  1. looks delicious! I had a dream where I took a leave of absence from med school and went and caught up with you guys.. if only!

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  2. I wish you could come visit! It is so fun and interesting to travel here! Hope all is well and you had a nice break after studying so much!

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