Buddhist monks walk the streets to collect the morning alms from the local people
Luang Prabang was just as spiritual as we expected…The population of the city is around 56000. The monks can be seen walking quietly all over town. The temples and monasteries are beautiful and numerous (more than 30). We walked up several hundred steps to see the well-known Mount Phousi in the town center. When you arrive at the top the view is amazing. The Laos people think that if you set a bird free at the top of this mountain you will enjoy happiness and good luck in the future. Other attractions we visited were the Royal Palace (years ago Luang Prabang was the capital of Laos), Wat Sen (temple), Dexter (a cafe/reataurant in town with tasty food) and Utopia (relaxed and friendly bar/restaurant for backpackers). Outside the city we got to see the Kuang Si Waterfalls wich was stunningly beautiful. On our way out we saw some weird-looking animals who looked like a mix between cows and pigs, the body looking like a cow with shorter feet, sometimes with a curly tail and fair skin. 🙂 Back in town we also enjoyed the night market and the national day in Luang Prabang. Alongside calm salesmen and women the children were playing and having fun. Lights and music made the whole experience even more relaxing. In Laos near all men are, once in their lives, living as a monk for a year or longer (some remain monks all their life) to get a good upbringing and attitude. That is something all people could benefit from in my opion… One morning we got up at 6 o’clock to witness the monks walk the streets to collect their morning alms. It was a nice and quiet happening where around 20 monks (outside one temple) walked slowly past the local people giving them food… It was all over in minutes – and we went happily back to our beds to sleep some more hours. 🙂 We finally experienced several trips by boat on the Mekong river alongside Luang Prabang wich we all enjoyed very much. The people we met were very friendly and grandparents seemed to have a close relationship with their grandchildren as moreover being the ones to look after them. We certainly enjoyed our stay and would have nooooo problem revisiting this peaceful place on earth…
Our pictorial hotel garden and lakeview alongside the Mekong river in Luang Prabang
Luna Noor in Kuang Si Waterfalls in Luang Prabang
The national day in Laos
Majestic Angkor Wat
Oh myyyy! What an incredible journey we have had in Siem Reap! Our top priority was of course Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom and Bayon. Still we also got to visit the nearby floating village (where people lived in their homes on the river/lake) and the national war museum. In addition to get to see and visit all these fantastic places we also got to try out the local massage (niiiiice) and to see the night market. Riding the Tuk-tuk made our hot bodies get a rest during the very hot days. Angkor Wat is the largest religious temple in the world. It was originally built as a Hindu temple under the Khmer empire but was gradually transformed into a Buddhist temple. It was originally designed as the Mount Meru, the home of the Hindu Gods. Angkor Thom was the last capital of the Khmer empire and covers an area of 9 km 2. Inside this city is situated Bayon (“the four faced temple”). Such a beauty and fantastic handicraft…
Ib, Luna and Siv in front of Petronas Towers on a sunny day 🙂
Kuala Lumpur took us by surprise as we had no idea it was such a dynamic, clean and high-tech city! As it is the capital of Malaysia and has near 1.8 million inhabitants – in addition to loooots of tourists, the city is teeming with life. We quickly understood this was a city we had too little time (3 days) to explore. We soon agreed Malaysia and Kuala Lumpur is a country and city we would love to revisit some time in the future. This time around we had the pleasure of visiting the city center, Petronas Towers and Batu Caves.
I Kambodsja besøkte vi Angkor Wat som er det største religiøse monumentet i verden. Det var svært, varmt og kjedelig! Men vi møtte på noen munker. En av dem var veldig hyggelig og gav meg og Emeric et armbånd og så kastet han vann på oss mens det hørtes ut som han latesnakket Det var interessant! Etterpå spurte vi om vi fikk ta bilde av ham og det fikk vi, men vi måtte passe på å “IKKE RØRE HAM” (hvorfor vet jeg ikke).
Jeg er født i grisens år i følge den kinesiske kalenderen og betyr lykke
I Malaysia besøkte vi byene Penang og Kuala Lumpur. I Penang badet vi og fant en ny Bambusforest ved siden av bassenget. En dag gikk vi ut for å ta en to-etasjes buss. Vi ventet i 45 min. på bussplassen, men da skjønte vi at vi til slutt måtte ta en taxi. Vi kom oss endelig på bussen i sentrum. Så kjørte vi til en statue og et tempel. Det var kjedelig, men det var noen interessante butikker der. Så dro vi til et sted der det var MMMAAAAAANNNNNNNNNNNNGGGGGGGGGGEEEEEEEEEEEEEE skillpadder. Vi spiste også kjempegod pizza hos Pete J Vi dro rundt i byen og så på gatekunst, pluss at vi fant en butikk jeg tror Tina ville eksplodert på. Den heter Cat’n’Dog. Og er det en ting jeg har lagt merke til i mange land, er det at det er så forferdelig mange strømledninger i gatene.
Jeg er litt dårligere til å slå hjul nå enn når jeg dro, men jeg greier det fortsatt
I Kalkudah hang vi i hengekøye, spiste grei mat og badet, både i havet og i bassenget. Vi kjørte også vannskuter. Det var kjempegøy. Jeg og Ib dro i ca. 40 kilometer i timen helt på slutten. Ib og Emeric bodde på et annet hotell enn jeg og pappa og mamma. Vi hadde det beste hotellet. 😉 Vi tok ganske ofte blomster i håret. Når vi kom inn en dag etter å ha spist lunsj, så vi at det var to håndduker som lignet på en svane. Jeg fant på mange ting man kunne bruke badeballen til for eksempel solhatt, sko, vannballong, øredobbel og suppeskål. Når vi var på gutta sitt hotell, badet vi. Jeg, Emeric og Ib lagde et tog når jeg var først så gikk Emeric og Ib under vann. 🙂
Luna Noor posing with street art in Georgetown
Penang is a state on the northwest coast of Malaysia. It has about 1.7 million inhabitants and is highly urbanized and industrialized. Georgetown is the capital city on Penang Island. Mostly Malay and Chinese people live there, but also Indian and other ethnicities. The religions that are practiced are Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, Cristian and Taoist faith. We got to visit/see some of the top attractions like Georgetown (streetart) and the Goddness of Mercy Statue and Gurney Drive Other than doing sightseeing for one day (hop on- hop off bus) in Georgetown we were quite lazy and stayed by the pool or the seaside nearby our hotel… 🙂
Luna Noor and some other beautiful flowers in Penang
Temple nearby Goddess of Mercy Statue