Words can't express the beauty of its spirituality and natural river life.
Luang Prabang is situated where two important rivers meet. The Nam Khan and the Mekong rivers. Laos is one of our favorite countries and the historical city of Luang Prabang is on the top of our list.
Buddhism is at the heart of this small city, home to countless restored Buddhist temples. It's no surprise it has reached UNESCO world heritage status for a reason.
The temples, the monks, and Buddhist traditions, they are the foundation of tourism here. If you choose your times and locations wisely, you can enjoy it with fewer crowds and smaller budgets.
The old town is easy to get around, with limited traffic you can bike or walk anywhere
Yes, there are crowds of tourists, especially when we were there during the high season, but by picking your spots and times you can create your space to enjoy it.
We took it at a slower pace we stayed a couple weeks, to soak in everything this place had to offer instead of rushing from excursion to excursion.
We got a good perspective of local life at the open-air morning market, it has a pulse of any town. The amazing colors, flavors of the food are what make up a big part of the culture of Laos.
The nighttime food market is the ultimate food experience in Luang Prabang. It's a busy, smoky alleyway with an incredible display of BBQ feasts and vast buffets of vegetables, noodles, and treats.
While you're there, you can take in the night market right next to it. It's beautifully laid out, clean and hassle-free.
Dining in Luang Prabang has something for everyone regardless of a budget; you just have to seek it out.
Day trips outside of Luang Prabang are excellent. A great tip is to go early – before the heat, and for fewer crowds.
The Pak Ou caves, a 2-hour long boat ride in itself is memorable, with stunning landscapes along the way.The entrance to the caves is spectacular. The upper and lower caves are shrines of more than 4000 Buddha statues brought here by locals for hundreds of years.
The Kuansi Falls –beautiful waters from below. It's worth the steep hike to the top to see the view from above. After the hike down the smaller falls and pools below is the perfect place to cool off.
Our latest video shares our views of how best to enjoy Luang Prabang with highlights and views of: The morning market, the food market, the night market, The Alms ceremony,Wat Xieng Thong and Wat Sensoukaram, boat visit to the Pak Ou caves, Kuang Si Falls and hike, Phousi Hill views, restaurants and local establishments.
For more posts about traveling in Laos, you can find them all here.
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Troy is an ex-TV editor and producer originally from Canada. He quit his 20+ year career to pursue a life of long-term, slow and transformative travel. Now with his wife Dorene, he helps people who want to redefine their midlife by making conscious changes at TravelLifeExperiences. He also works with travel and hospitality brands to create and share their video stories at TravelLifeMedia.com