Luang Prabang; the gloriously tranquil riverside town in the middle of the jungle, with breathtaking views and an extraordinary variety of butterflies! The buildings, bakeries and restaurants actually make it look like it could be a little village in France. It really is beautiful here.
Unlike Thailand, Laos hasn’t yet been completely obliterated by tourism, and long may it stay that way (ironic, coming from a tourist). Also, it’s the home of Lao Lao, or Laos Whiskey; the smooth whisky brewed locally from rice, finally a cheap drink that’s not beer hurray! The night markets are full of original, colourful and skillful products, made by all different Hilltribes. I wanted to buy everything, it’s probably a good job we only brought small backpacks. It’s just such a beautiful place.
We spent yesterday wandering the streets of Luang Prabang and the peninsula. We found a bamboo bridge leading to a tiny little village, where a local man was cooking outside his house. There was a HUGE storm in the afternoon, which we hid from, and then spent the evening eating food in a lovely little family-run street food cafe (hiding from another storm), and drinking lao whiskey in Utopia bar. It was utterly delightful.
We’re hungover today. We got carried away at Utopia bar drinking lao whiskey.
Luang Prabang is without doubt our favourite place so far. Today we went to Kuang Si waterfalls, about 45 minutes outside of the town, to visit the beautiful clear pools and waterfalls. The water was absolutely freezing, but it was a lovely place to sit and watch the world go by. We move on to Vang Vieng tomorrow. Today was our first experience of Lao roads, as we’d arrived here by boat, and we now know they’re a little iffy. I’m certainly not looking forward to the 5 hour drive down South, but I’ve got a new audiobook downloaded so I’ll listen to that.
Our time here has been absolutely lovely. So tranquil and relaxing. I will miss Luang Prabang.