The city did not seem much bigger than Newcastle, in that it was all very walkable. We had a great time going bowling – twice, swimming and walking along the river front, checking out the night market. Very relaxing, what about all those ancient temples and places of interest? I am afraid we are wat’ed out. We did no cultural stuff at all. After Laung Prabang there did not seem to be much else to say about a wat to the kids so, unusually I didn’t.
We did discover another delightful way of using condensed milk. It seems that condensed milk is used much more in Asia then anywhere else. I am not sure I could drink coffee without a good splash (and a half) of condensed milk sitting in the bottom of the cup. Maybe the coffee is just a lot more bitter here. Anyway, there we were walking along the banks of the MekongRiver looking at stalls, when we chanced upon a crepe stall. Yummy, we saw him make a very fine banana crepe, and just before he served on went a good pour of condensed milk. After the collective hmmmmm, we all ordered one; chocolate, cocoa, mango and another banana and all enhanced by condensed milk.
One disappointment; I was not allowed to the camera. There is a huge single speed scene here. Every night guys would come out to the river walk to practice and show off their tricks. I guess it makes sense in a flat city where money is tight to embrace the single speed thing. The bikes were way cool – matching chain to wheel to frame. Stubby handle bars, cow horn bars the lot. I could have taken pictures of them all. Worth a visit just for the bikes. Angela did not share my enthusiasm.