Luang Prabang – can we imagine living here ?

Luang Prabang  is an UNESCO World Heritage city.  It is a small, dream-like town on the Mekong and Nam Khan Rivers, in a beautiful mountain setting.

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Temple at Royal Palace
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Entrance to historical Royal Palace

Our four days was spent strolling and exploring the town, stopping in many cafes overlooking the river, stumbling from Wat to Wat and visiting a waterfall.  The town has a magical feel with streets lined with old French colonial houses, cute cafes offering crusty warm baguettes and a very good coffee, boutique hotels  and  many art galleries.

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Beautiful colonial home
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Boutique hotel

 

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Charming street
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Fantastic view

There are over 30 temples in Luang Prabang with  the smallest one and our favorite Wat Chom Si  located on the main hill in the city with incredible views of the whole area.

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There are over 300 steps to the temple
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Stunning sunset everyone was waiting for

It’s also everyone’s favorite temple to watch the sunset.   It was a beautiful but there were just too many people.

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It’s not enough to be tall
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Far too many people for the romantic sunset

Luang Prabang is the perfect place to see one of the most sacred Lao traditions, the Buddhist Alms Giving Ceremony.   We woke up at 5am to be ready by 5:30am to participate in this tradition.   While we truly  enjoyed witnessing all the orange robe monks ranged in ages from 9-80 years old,  peacefully wandering the streets, it wasn’t as spiritual nor magical as we were expecting.   During the ceremony there was an overwhelming number of tourists running, shouting and taking pictures.   Despite that we  would still recommend to everyone to experience this tradition.

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Tourist running to take pictures

During our stay we visit one of the waterfalls Tad Sae.   With our new friends we hired tuk tuk for 200,000 KIP and off we went. The waterfalls were indeed spectacular, with stunning turquoise water gently tumbling over limestone rocks.

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Ready for our trip
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Turquoise water
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Boat ride

We spent couple hours at the waterfalls while our driver waited for us.  Since we left in the morning we had the best weather, with the sun poking out of the clouds making the temperature very comfortable.  Later in a day got hot again.

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Night market and street food play a huge role in the daily live of  Luang Prabang.   We loved the freshly made crepes  or fruit smoothies for just  10,000 Kips /each.

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Freshly made crepe to order
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Fresh fruit for smoothies

We spent all our evenings with our newly met friends and had a great time.

We love the city, and without a doubt is truly compelling, but no we wouldn’t want to live there.   Maybe another visit would be enough for now.

Practical information

Our Pakam guesthouse was a good find, at the price $25/night (including all fees and taxes)

There are number of day trips to waterfalls at around 40,000-50,000 Kip /person.  This price includes only transportation.   The entrance to the water falls is 10,000 Kip and  a boat ride $5000 Kip