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Luang Prabang

Written on: Saturday March 1st, 2008

A journal entry from: See you next year!

In undeveloped Laos Luang Prabang is the most touristy place we have seen. Literally the whole old town is dedicated to separate you from your dollar. And because it is a charming old city filled with wats and old houses, enclosed by the river on two sites and a lot of attractions surrounding it, it works really well. For most people, at least.

One of the advantages of such tourist places is the wide variety of food available. Our dinner the second night was consumed in a restaurant catering only to foreigners and was claiming to use only fresh products and treated water and so on. And it's not that we pick restaurants for this, but it said so with big letters on the menu, so that's why I remember. So great was my surprise, and my displeasure, that six hours after eating there I was rushing to the toilet. And again and again and again. So the next two days I spent in bed, with Ingrid playing nurse (I see future career opportunities here!), watching television and reading books.

And to be honest, I didn't really mind that I was spared to go out to visit all the sites. As I said in the beginning: for some people it works really well. But for me personally, it was a bit too much.

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Roy

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P.S.  At the moment of writing this we are in Chiang Mai, Thailand after a hike in luang Nam Tha and a short stop in Chiang Rai.