Was it perfect. Pretty close.
The staff and manager are very welcoming and helpful. The transfers to and from the hotel were on time. Daniel warned us not to go to the airport too early and he was right because about 7 minutes after arriving we were checked in and waiting to go. The airport is very small.
We tried all the restaurants recommended by Daniel and they were excellent except L'Elephant which is run by an unpleasant french manager/owner? and which served the only "fast food" we got on our trip maybe the only microwave in Luang prabang!
We did the cooking course at Tum TUM Cheung? because we ate there 3 times it was so good. We were the only 2 on the course and it was very thorough, well presented and the Chef Linda was excellent. The day started with a trip to the market on the far side of LP not the one close to the main tourist street in LP. We went round all the stalls and the various herbs and foods were pointed out and it was explained what was used and when. We only saw one other group of tourists there who we reckoned were also on a cookery course.
Breakfast is served in the hotel reception area or you can eat at the table outside your room (we were on the first floor). Fresh juice, good coffee plus freshly cooked omelettes etc and pancakes. Excellent.
The room was excellent, good linen, free soft drinks and water in the fridge and a quality bathroom. The beds were 2 singles with electric adjustment (up and down top and bottom etc.). They were very very comfortable.
The only bad thing was the toilet which was in a separate closet in the wall at the end of my bed. I am 6'3" and when you closed the door it was up against your knees. Not uncomfortable, worse than the worst legroom on the world's cheapest airline.
We stayed for 5 nights and at the start my wife wondered what we would do but at the end of our stay we had lots still to do and I genuinely did not wish to leave. Maybe that is why Vientiane was such a disappointment. I would recommend anyone to skip Vientiane and stay longer at LP.
LP is quite dozy and that grows on you. Walking along the roads with little worry about traffic is most pleasant. I would probably not like LP during its high season when the hotels and restaurants are full. LP was not what I had been expected in many ways but it was certainly different and definitely laidback (with the exception of the loud and foul mouthed English group we had the misfortune to be seated next to one night).
The main street is on both sides a string of bars, craft shops, cafes, restaurants and travel agencies. Tourism is a big deal here. There is nothing undiscovered about LP but it does have its own charm which is found in the people, the side streets, markets and temples.
The monks have the patience of saints. One morning we sat near a temple and watched a never ending stream of visitors arriving, snapping the monks and wandering on. As a photographer I didn't bother.
On our last morning we did go out to see the alms giving in a quiet back street and we were approached by several women who tried to sell us food to give to the monks. In my desire to keep a respectful distance and out of the way I backed into the entrance to a house. Unfortunately it was the house of a dog who was up to that moment lying in the middle of the road in the path of the monks. He saw me and decided to express his opinion that I should move. So all in all I still managed to upset the alms giving and created a minor disturbance causing the younger monks to look back to see what was happening. An embarassing moment, until the dog like the monks just ignored me again.
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