/pics/2005/2005-03-12_Laos/2005-03-11_Luang_Prabang/00_Soup.jpg Breakfast! I came back to Luang Prabang this second time to buy a bunch of the beautiful hand-made silks and see some things I missed the first time. 35 KB  
/pics/2005/2005-03-12_Laos/2005-03-11_Luang_Prabang/03_Kwang_Xi.jpg A friend (Richard Hudson) had told me that the nearby waterfalls (Kwang Xi) were worth going to. So I took a look this time. He was right! 48 KB  
/pics/2005/2005-03-12_Laos/2005-03-11_Luang_Prabang/08_JC_Kwang_Xi.jpg The Kwang Xi falls were similar to the Erawan Falls in Kanchanaburi, Thailand. Many stepped falls that one could explore alone and swim in. These were a bit bigger and in some cases more developed (sometimes with wood steps, etc). 45 KB  
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/pics/2005/2005-03-12_Laos/2005-03-11_Luang_Prabang/20_Kwang_Xi.jpg This is near the top where I cut off the path. 65 KB  
/pics/2005/2005-03-12_Laos/2005-03-11_Luang_Prabang/32_Kwang_Xi_Do_Not_Enter.jpg Someone had recommended that when I see the "DO NOT ENTER" sign, that this marked the most beautiful area, so of course I had to take a look! They were right! 50 KB  
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/pics/2005/2005-03-12_Laos/2005-03-11_Luang_Prabang/33_Monks.jpg Just some monks doing repair work. The monks in this town are known to be very friendly and chatty. I think they send 'em here from all over Laos. I was surprised to find out that many of the youth are just "doing the monk thing" for a few months to appease their families and win Karma points. 46 KB