Luang Prabang 

I don’t know anyone who has been to Laos, so didn’t know much about Luang Prabang before arriving here. I had heard it was quaint, pretty developed (relatively speaking) and had a big French influence.
Those things were pretty spot on – it’s the cutest town and I certainly do not feel like I’m in Asia! 

Luang Prabang is the old capital of Laos and is definitely more upscale then the bordering villages. The town was built right on the Mekong River, so you have beautiful European architecture, with the river as a backdrop.

There are 33 temples in town alone and monks are everywhere, similar to Thailand.

The Main Street is filled with tourism shops, restaurants, cafes, spas and handicraft stores. 

There’s a night market here (pretty sure there’s one in every town in Asia!), where we’ve eaten dinner the past two nights. For 15,000 kip (about $1.75), we’ve gone to a buffet where you pick out ingredients and then they fry it up in a wok for you. So good! Lao food is very similar to Thai food – lots of rice, noodles, veggies and meat.

With the French influence there are also a ton of bakeries with delicious pastries and baguettes!

I loved just wandering around – there are so many small alleyways to discover and explore.

Luang Prabang is definitely the most developed town in Laos and offers a variety of activities – cooking classes, temples, yoga, trekking, boat rides, elephant riding, etc.
I’ve really enjoyed it so far and it’s been a great town to explore for a few days.


5 thoughts on “Luang Prabang 

  1. Looks like a cute little town. That’s a lot of temples for such a small town! Nice location right on the MeKong river.
    I had forgotten about the French influence in SE Asia.
    What a deal that is for dinner at the night market.
    Any idea what the population is?
    Love ya!


  2. What a pretty town! You can definitely see the European influence in some of their buildings. I love all the motorcycles and bicycles. Definitely the way to get around! It sounds like a great town to spend a few days in with lots of activities. And what a great deal on dinner expenses! And being right on the river is a nice perk too. Enjoy your stay there. Love you!


  3. Looks great and love those little narrow lanes to wander down.
    I’ve just had Desiree and her Texas friend Amy, stay over here last night. They’re heading toward Auckland then Amy to France and Desiree off to Cambodia.


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