After You

After You is a popular Dessert Cafe that we visit often - more often than I write about here

A place that is always a pleasure.

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Phone Number: 02 363 3576
Approximate Price: $$$$$
Address: The Mall, Bangkapi
Hours: 11am - 10pm

3 days in Luang Prabang - day 3

Our last day involved a later morning and we met 

Damian at Belle Rive for breakfast. Damian came to work with me 5 years ago when I worked at Cape Panwa Hotel - now he is the Managing Director of this special place.

The highlight of the breakfast was the delicious local coffee - thanks.

Then we were off on a trip to the temples on the other side of the Mekong River. 

We took a local boat over

and then we climbed the steep steps. 

There were some friendly dogs and their puppies on the way.

We were not sure of the names of the temples (here is the Google Map outline). Then we were asked to pay some money (10,000) each. Which was not expected but there were tickets BUT we did not give to the children asking for money. I have read that you are able to avoid them on some paths?

The temples were definitely in need of some restoration and / or looking after but it was certainly worth the trip up there.

Wat Chomphet Santi

This was the first Wat when we made our way up the steps from the local boat - and this was in the need of much restoration but what a beautiful view!

There was a monk watering his plants - really quite peaceful and special. I did not begrudge the money.

Wat Long Khounenaaran

The second Wat was also reached on steps but thankfully they were not steep.

and inside.

This Wat also asked for money - which we gave - there was more care taken here and the surrounding areas seemed to have a number of monks - the temple looked in need of some restoration but very nice.

Wat Tham Sakkalin

The third Wat was a very real delight as it was covered in images for the teaching of Buddhism - quite lovely. 

There were also two children which looked like they were playing on a phone sitting behind the Wat.

Adjacent to this were more steps up into the mountains and here were gates which had a gate in front - we did not enter and were not approached by anyone.

We walked back to the boat - where the locals were weaving - some baskets we think. Then it was back to Dennie's to get our bags to get to the airport.

Where we got a flight home in the early evening.

A wonderful trip - this must be done if you visit here - we are going again.

Previous Visits to Laos
 - Visa Run


Driving on the footpaths

I do wonder whether this is still in place - I do not know but I wouldn't.

3 days in Luang Prabang - day 2

We were up very early for the monks walking along the road outside Dennie's Guest House - at 5am!!! We were eagerly received by a local lady and her child and we purchased some sticky rice...

Then the monks arrived and received the sticky rice from us.

After the offerings were made I searched for a local coffee - but there were not any open (only Western places). So returning back we visited the Zurich Bread Cafe and RestaurantThen into a Van and a Day trip.

First we stopped where there were the local people weaving and making paper - at the Xangkhongposa Weaving and Paperhandcraft Village.

After this it was the Ban Xanghai: Liquor and Silk Village - this stuff was supposed to help a man and his personal bits (well the jar with the snakes in).

Then the highlight of the trip was the Park Ou Caves. A wonderful cave which we reached in a local boat and then climbed the stairs into an area full of Buddhist statues. 

We also walked up to another enclosure - a truly amazing place to be found. 

But it was full of children who wanted money from us.

We also released a bird.

Then it was time to visited the Bear Rescue Centre which was a very good idea

and the Kouang Si Waterfall where there were a plethora of tourists who did spoil the area.

Lovely if it was peaceful. 
Then lunch at Carpe Diem - a French Restaurant nearby - it was very nice.

There was a Butterfly Farm nearby where my wife daughter visited and I had a cup of green tea and waited for them. Back into the van - stopping at a Cafe Amazon for an iced coffee and where we could see the airport.

Then back to Dennie's Guest House - stopping off to look into some shops 

- Ock Pop Top was very nice but expensive. After a shower we had a wander and found a restaurant serving local food - Khaiphaen

I had the sausages which were okay but not spicy enough and Chuen had the crispy pork and pumpkin which was delicious...

Then off to the Night Market - with an enormous amount of things - but not unlike many local markets in Thailand.

Apart from things made from the bombs of the 'secret war'.

Previous Visits to Laos

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