Hello en Lao: sabaidee
Lao money: kip 1 dollar = about 8,000 kip
the most reasonable meal, a plate of fried rice with egg and veggies = 10,000 kip
Laos has been influenced and controlled by the French in the past, and there are signs of this in Luang Prabang. It is a beautiful riverside town, quiet and full of cafes. Here the food is a mixture of spicy typical Lao food, stew like dishes you eat with sticky rice or fish steamed in banana leaves, as well as French cuisine (I found some tasty croissants and baguettes.) There are numerous Buddhist temples and monks dressed in orange robes add are spotted frequently. Every dusk there’s another amazing golden sunset over the Mekong River, where you can watch the fishermen netting for bait.
Just outside of Laos, you can visit Kuang Si waterfall (one of the best I’ve seen). Near the waterfall, there’s a bear rescue center. The Asiatic Black Bears were rescued when they were captured illegally as cubs. Now they live safely and are supported by Freethebears.org