After three days of an exhausting (but simply amazing and incredible) we were in no mood to anything strenuous and considering that we had fallen in love with Luang Prabang, we decided to stay until the end of this leg of our trip and just relax and do nothing more.
There was still quite a few a things to see in and around Lunag Prabang, but we still had a week to fit them all in, so we take things at our own time. Though recovery from the arduous trek was our immediate priority.
To make the rest of our stay even more relaxing we had booked ourselves into a guesthouse right by the river, which was owned by the same people who owned the last place we had stayed in before going on the trek, the Sayo Guesthouse. We had checked prices of some places along the river and most were considerably out of our reach $75 upwards (one was around the $200), then we found this one which only cost $15, and for $15 we got an excellent room with all the normal facilities and right on the river.
Our objective for the days following the trek was taking in the amazing sunsets that everyone kept telling us about, one from the hill in the centre of town called, ahem, Phou Si (I swear I’m not making it up) and the other from one of the boats offering sunset cruises
We would spend the day lazing around the city, walking around, and having the amazing fresh fruit shakes on offer and lounging around until it was time to go to Phou Si to catch the sunset.
When we got to the top, the viewing point was filled with people who had come to do the same as us, but some people just seemed to be there for take a photo and leave straight away without wanting to take the amazing sunset on offer. Yes, I took quite a few photos, but we stayed well beyond the sun had set.
The following day we decided to check out the sunset from the Mekong whilst doing and evening sunset “cruise” as they like to call it. This time it was a much quieter affair as we were joined by a young French couple who, like us, wanted to take in the great sunset from the Mekong.
The cruise lasts and hour and is very relaxing taking you past little communities living along the river, which is a world away form what you see in Luang Prabang
It was two great ways of seeing the sun setting over the mighty Mekong River and we recommend any one to take the time to do this when in Luang Prabang,
This post was based on our day of the 7th, 8th, and 9th of October 2012.
Hotel: Sayo Guesthouse – Double room including AC, TV, Fridge and ensuite bathroom $15 per night (see our review of hostel here)
Phou Si Entrance Fee = $ 2.5 per person
Sunset Cruise = $5 per person