Not my favourite place in Laos, but worth a few days.
The whole French involvement makes for some beautiful buildings and amazing food. It also makes for a lot of French people (I love the French, but any nationality in large doses).
Markets were nice, cheap and repetitive as usual. The temples are quaint, and the views from the monastery are fantastic (I especially loved watching the planes land).
The best part about Luang Prabang is the range of treks available. Just like Vang Vien, there’s biking, hiking, kayaking, spelunking and a whole tonne of other activities. It just doesn’t seem as cool to come back from a kayak tour covered in filth when the rest of the town is having afternoon tea in white slacks.over 4 years ago