the silent wilderness surrounding this cleared speck on the earth struck me as something great and invincible, like evil or truth, waiting patiently for the passing away of this fantastic invasion.”
– Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness
I gave myself plenty of time to wander around the touristy area of Luang Prabang — the section of town full of redeveloped houses turned to hotels and surrounded by rivers. On my first day, I wandered to edge of town to the bamboo bridge — I thought it’d at least provide a view for sunset.
As I discovered, the opposite side of the bridge has the sunset view and there was a toll to walk across the bamboo bridge. Not wanting to pay the $1.50 toll, I walked along the rocky shore at the confluence of the Mekong River and Nam Khan River and watched the mix of locals and tourists.
While standing around in the shade, contemplating the bridge toll, I watched two novice monks walk in my direction — I only realized it was two as they approached because the second younger monk was hidden from view behind the one in front.
It was a peaceful scene to enjoy before wandering through Luang Prabang in search of dinner (or multiple smaller meals) and a possible tour option for the following day to Pak Ou Cave and Kuang Si waterfall.