Travelling with a camera to Luang Prabang I can see why it is officially described as the best-preserved city in Southeast Asia. Unusually, the whole city was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995. Check out my VLOG.
Luang Prabang sits in northern Laos, in a valley at the joining of the Mekong and Nam Khan Rivers. Mount Phou Si is 100m high and provides great views of both rivers in the centre of the Old Town. The hill is a local religious site, and houses several Buddhist shrines. Be warned, it is quite a climb, but well worth it. The city is an exceptional example of traditional Lao architecture also mixed with European influences. It’s well known for its many Buddhist temples and monasteries called ‘wats’. Some are the most important in Laos for varying reasons. You can’t miss them when you are out and about.
- The beautiful architecture and history.
- A great place to sit & people watch while enjoying a cocktail, dinner or homemade ice cream in the former Royal family’s official ice cream parlour.
- One of the only 2 original Citroen’s (model 11 / 1952) in Laos sits outside. It was custom ordered at the same time as one made for the King, which is currently exhibited in the Royal Museum in Luang Prabang.
There is a humongous daily night market in the city. The goods are top quality and extremely cheap for us westerners. You are never hassled here, ask for a price and they will tell you – no pressure sales. Haggle if you wish, but please, don’t quibble over 20p, the Laos people don’t have a lot monetary wise. By the night market is food street. Freshly cooked food with locals and tourists enjoying the freshly cooked fare. A little further out of town is Phousi Market – anything and everything for sale here. Mainly used by the locals, however, tourists are welcomed and it is a great place for street photography.
Crossing the bamboo bridges and watching the daily alms giving ceremony are a must – see my other blogs to find out more.