Saturday, December 3, 2016

One Week in Luang Prabang

We arrived in Luang Prabang on the slow boat earlier in the day than we expected, which we were very happy about, as it gave us a chance to look around while the sun was still up.
We didn't have a place booked to stay, but we found one easily, right in the centre of town.
The whole town of Luang Prabang is actually a Unesco World Heritage site, and you can tell walking through the town that it has been very well preserved. The sidewalks are paved in beautiful red brick, and the buildings have a kind of European charm, with their painted shuttered windows, and vines and flowers growing next to them.
Here are my top five favourite things about the city, in no particular order:

1. Kuang Si Waterfall
We took a minibus from a travel agency in the centre of town, to travel to this beautiful natural wonder. The falls are many tiered cascades of turquoise blue water, with serval spots where you can swim in the pools. Even if you don't want to swim, there are plenty of trails to walk around, and sitting areas to just enjoy the peaceful atmosphere. At the end of the falls you can also visit the Asiatic Black Bear Rescue Centre. We really enjoyed our day trip to the falls.

2. River bed beach
At the end of the peninsula,  where the Mekong and Khan rivers meet, there is a beautiful park with steps leading down to the dry river bed "beach". This is where the river is at its lowest point in the dry season. At this point, there is a bridge to cross over to another part of the city. We just walked down to the water's edge, and I felt like we had found a little beach in landlocked- Laos.

3. Night market
Though definitely not as big as the Chiang Mai night bazaar, for example, this night market has a good atmosphere and is easy to navigate. At either end of the main street, and down most of the side streets, there are food stalls selling fruit shakes, crepes and baguettes, as well as Lao food. In between these stalls are the market stalls selling souvenirs, clothes, tea, Lao coffee, jewellery, and more.

4. The Mekong river at sunset
There are so many cafes and bars along the river where you can just sit and relax, and enjoy a fresh fruit shake or Beer Lao, and watch the sun go down by the palm tree lined riverside. This is a place where you can sit and daydream about the mountains and jungle beyond the river.

5. Mount Phousi
We took Charlotte in the ergo baby carrier up the many hundreds of steps up to see this fantastic view of the city. It was a good walk up, and although the steps were quite steep, it was worth it to enjoy the panorama.

Thanks for reading :)
Hannah xx

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