09.01.2013 - 09.01.2013 23 °C
We spent most of the early part of this morning running away from tuk-tuk drivers who were chasing us with offers of rides to Kuang Si Waterfalls.... we were actually planning on going to the waterfalls today, but we were not about to pay the extortionate fares quoted to us on the way from JoMa cafe to our hostel. They soon wised up to the fact that we knew they were trying to rip us off and quoted us a more reasonable price, but we were too annoyed with them by then to accept! Some may call us stubborn, I like to think we stick to our decisions! Unfortunately for us, the tuk tuk driver we booked through our hostel turned out to be one of the drivers that we had refused earlier..... awkward!
Anyway, skipping past that, off we headed on the 40 minute ride out of Luang Prabang to the falls. First stop, the bear rescue centre. Very interesting. Onwards! Before we even got to the waterfall we stumbled across a number of unbelievably blue pools which looked very inviting, except for the fact that it was a cold day and the water was freezing!!
The waterfalls themselves were amazing, and the hike up to the top was very enjoyable, even if we weren't exactly wearing the right footwear (I went native in the end - barefoot!). After an iced coffee at the cafe we decided to go for the plunge! Soooooo cold!
On our way back to Luang Prabang our tuk tuk broke down - typical! But it gave us a chance to wandered around the local village while our driver changed the tyre! Then back in Luang Prabang we managed to get into an argument with a woman about bus trips. We were hoping to book seats in a minivan to Phonsavahn for the following day but were informed that you needed to book seats a day in advance. It seemed to us that the lady behind the desk just did not like us and did not want to book us tickets. We fell back on our old faithful tactic of sitting down and refusing to move. After a lot of pleasantries, some very logical arguments and the eventual realisation that we were not leaving without bus tickets, the lady finally gave in and booked us on the minivan. WIN!
Tonight we plan on heading out to look around the night market and I'm sure we will end up spending a fortune on souveneirs again! We are totally back in our travelling groove after the Christmas break!