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’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.
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.