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Anyone for bowling?

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After an epic lie in this morning, we finally ventured out of our room to try out the free breakfast at the hostel, which was supposed to be on until 10am. 9.30am and they were out of food - must be good, must get up earlier in future! But this was a good excuse to get out into town and try the delights of JoMa cafe, as recommended by Sarah and Felix. LUSH! Its amazing how we always manage to find one fantastic Western food place in which to have one of our daily meals! Necessary at this point, as rice/noodles three times a day would be a killer this far into the trip!

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After some delicious sandwiches and salads (SALAD! YUM!) we started our wander through the UNESCO heritage town of Luang Prabang. It is beautiful! The French influence in Laos is easily seen here in the architechture, but somehow, despite the flood of tourists, the town has retained its Laotian identity. Wooden shacks, monks in bright orange robes, rickety bridges across huge brown rivers, beautiful temple ruins... all very lovely! We even visited a museum, aren't we good?!

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This evening we met a friend from Chiang Mai for dinner and tried water buffalo - tough but tasty! After a few drinks, curfew hit. Yes, that's right, the town has a curfew. So all bars shut by 11.30pm to give their patrons and employees time to get home before midnight. However, the local bowling alley is located just outside the town limits and is not therefore subject to the curfew. So what else could we do but head over there for a game to end our evening of fun? Who knew bowling made such a good end to the night?! But as all the crowds of loud, youngsters began filing in we escaped home to blogging and bed.

Jo xxx

Posted by Tam-Jo 00:48 Archived in Laos Tagged luangprabang

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