I maintain Luang Prabang is such a sleepy town that it inspires relaxation and laziness–that’s how day 3 of our travels was spent: sleeping in, wandering around the largest temple on the peninsula, and trekking to the top of another temple in the evening to watch the sunset. For dinner, we stopped at Tum Tum Cheng Restaurant, also a cooking school. While the prices were a bit steep for the small portions, everything was tasty Lao cooking, the glass of wine was an excellent value (more like two glasses), and the outdoor courtyard was lovely.
On June 23rd, Emily Ben and I woke up early to the site of young monks receiving alms of sticky rice and walking quietly through the streets of Luang Prabang. Then Emily and I went on a run a bit more toward the outskirts of town, and after breakfast we left to ride elephants and go to the smaller waterfall. While many in our group found elephant riding uncomfortable and disappointing (while we did go through a jaunt in the waterfall, most of our ride was through on a jungle-loop path), the small waterfall proved to be an enjoyable climb and swim. Just overlooking the waterfalls was a cheap, Lao restaurant where we feasted on fish, curry, greens, and beer.
In the afternoon we finished up some shopping, dining at Phousi Guesthouse (although there seem to be two on the peninsula), which we would not recommend (bugs, small portions, disappointing food: “Meat of Paradise Luang Prabang” turned out to be a sad version of beef jerkey), before heading out of town the next morning.