6 May 2014
While we didn’t spend much time in Laos, we really enjoyed our time there from the beautiful landscapes to the slow and relaxed way of life. But once again it was time to back our bags and start to explore a whole new city and culture.
We went into town in the morning to enjoy some of our favorite spots one last time, enjoying one last breakfast, and another delicious noodle soup and some bread for lunch before we made our way to the very tiny airport in Luang Prabang.
It was then on to the prop plane for our hour and a half hop to Siem Reap.
Upon arrival we made our way to immigration to pay our visa fees and get our stamp. In our grand plans we just assumed we would get cash at the ATM at the airport and be on our way. Well, that was not in the cards for us, as the one ATM was broken. With some hand gestures to one of the guys who worked at the airport he nicely paid our fees for us and then showed us the way to the ATM outside the airport to pay him back. Now the first thing I thought of was that we were going to have to pay some crazy commission to this guy. But I was wrong he even helped at the money changer, who did not want to give any small bills, since ATM’s here only give out USD 100’s. And with that we only paid an extra $5 since at that point we were just grateful that things worked out.
It was then out to the taxi stand where our driver, Narin Chum, started on his history lesson about the area the moment we got in the car. Turns out he was also a tour guide and a driver. With so much great info we decided to have him drive us the next day to see some of the temples further out from town. It was so simple, just a handshake and a promise that he would be at our hotel bright and early to start the day temple touring!
After we settled into our room we wandered the neighborhood to get a sense of the area and find some good places to eat.
Today’s Travel: One last walk around town for breakfast and lunch in Luang Prabang then off to the airport for a flight on Vietnam Airlines to Siem Reap
Accommodations: Shadow Angkor Inn. At this very new boutique hotel, we were lucky enough to get a great rate. As we opened the door to our room you could smell that everything was new and we were probably the first guests in the room, it had that new room smell. The room was large and had plenty of space for storage. The look of the room was very modern with all concrete floors and desk, white stone and grey tiles in the bathroom and a few wood touches to round out the space it has both form and function. The hotel even though very small still has the boutique staples of a pool and rooftop patio. Since everything is still so new it appears that there are plans for a rooftop bar/café. But for now it is just a nice place to take in views of the city.