Ancient Luang Prabang Laos, a Lovely Northern Mekong River Town
A Walk Back into Time
Luang Prabang Laos, a Remarkably Well-Preserved slice of history. The first thing you will notice is how well preserved the sites are here compared to most Asian cities. The second thing you will notice is how calm and peaceful the people of Luang Prabang are.
How to Get There
There are several cities that are easy access by plane to this jewel of a find, including, Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Kuala Lumpur, Hanoi, Siem Reap, and Kunming China all of which have flights to this ever more popular small town. This place is quickly becoming a hotspot for tourism, so getting here sooner than later, is imperative. There are other really cool ways to arrive here, that can be romantic SE Asian destination incentives. From Northern Thailand one can cross the Mekong river in Chiang Rai into Huay Xai Laos, it is a great way to go, and a local experience that stays in your mind. From Huay Xai to Luang Prabang is a decent bus ride and do bear in mind the busses are sub-standard and do not have air-conditioning, the fantastic feeling of how locals live overwhelm you though. There is one other option from Huay Xai to Luang Prabang, and that is by boat up the Mekong river. There are slow boats and speed-boats. There is one-over-night stay involved, but an experience you likely will never forget. If you have the time and extra cash by all means take the luxury cruise which just over 100 USD.
The Scenery in Luang Prabang Laos
Sandwiched between the Nam Khan and Mekong rivers, Luang Prabang is nestled between the Himalayan foot-hills. The tallest of the mountains one can walk straight up the steps to Wat Chom Si that overlooks this jewel of a town. Being up there looking down, and reflecting on the journey here, as your eyes soak in the enormous beauty of the two rivers and city, is indeed a profound moment.
There are only around 60,000 residents here, and it seems a vast majority of them are monks. The colonial French buildings, the ancient temples and the grace of the strong Buddhist culture is intoxicating. There are 33 temples here on the UNESCO World Heritage list, as well as royal palaces, this is where the vast majority of tourists concentrate their stay. The waterfalls, and rivers make for excellent places to swim, so be prepared to cool down occasionally.
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