Luang Prabang, A Sleepy City

The Northern Laos city of Luang Prabang is a World Heritage Site and rightly so.  Situated on the Mekong River the draw to this town is its beautiful Wats and French architecture.  The people are friendly and aren’t pushy, even when they are trying to sell you something.  The streets are relatively quiet, full of old mansions turned guesthouses, cafes, and shops selling handicrafts and antiques.  We were surprised by how many tourists were in this town…so many French people!

We just finished up a week of exploring this charming city.  Unfortunatly for us half of our week were kept pretty low key because of sickness.  We all suffered head colds at different times and the boys each had a bout of food poisoning.  The poor little guys each woke up in the middle of the night within minutes of each other, one vomited in the bed and the other had diarrhea in the bed.  Oh, did I mention this was in the bed that all four of us were sharing?  Yeah, not a good night.

Anyways we really did enjoy our time in Luang Prabang on the days we managed to get out and explore it.  We spent our time walking the streets, shopping for a bit of silver jewellery, climbing Mount Phousi and checking out the views, renting bikes to explore farther afield, and enjoying the many great restaurants, cafes, and noodle stands in the town centre.  The boys loved playing on the shores of the Mekong and I drank a whole lot of coffee.

Here are some of the pictures from our explorations!


French bread is available everywhere…..we at a lot of nutella sandwiches.


View from Mount Phousi


Bomb planter


The night market!


Can you imagine wearing this necklace?


Sunset over the Mekong.

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We are now in Vientiane, the capitol of Laos arranging for our  new Thai visas.  It seems we aren’t done with Thailand just yet!


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  1. Tracy says:

    Lovely photos. Sorry you were so sick there but I’m glad you still enjoyed your time. I enjoyed Luang Prabang but not as much as other places in Laos. It felt like it was changing so quickly … I’m almost scared to go back in a few years. Still sitting on the banks of the Mekong eating dinner or wandering the markets talking to locals about their life … those things were still wonderful and I think they always will be.

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