Luang Prabang is so picturesque, with all the charm of a quaint European town mixed with the wonderful, magical essence of Asia. It once was the capital of Laos, but now stands as a beautiful well preserved destination to visit . A popular pastime is simply lounging in a quiet cafe with a baguette and coffee.
We decided to check in into a quiet guest house for 2 nights, giving us a few days to explore the cute township and the surrounding area. First on our list was to explore the night market as soon as we arrived in the evening.
Markets in Asia, are so interesting so many things to see but also a lot of unuseful things too.
Our aim was to find some Street food, this wasn’t hard. Admiring the colours and presentation whilst taking in the smells. I was easy tempted by everything. Sampling a delicious chicken breast on a stick, vegetables spring rolls, noodles, stir fry veggies and a smoothie. In total spending around 50,000 kip around 5.50USD for both of us.
The weird and wonderful of street food in Laos
The following day after an early night we wandered around the morning market. This town has such a french influence. You will find crepes and baguettes sold everywhere.I had to purchased a chicken and avocado baguette for breakfast for 1.10USD .
I was happy to be eating my favourite sandwich combination for the first time in the last 7 Weeks. Laos has definitely got something good going compared to Thailand!
We invested in hiring a scooter for the day. Setting us back 80000 kip to explore the countryside and also a visit to the Kwang Si waterfalls. This was a short drive away from the town and a highlight of our stay.
It was a stunning area, the aqua coloured water was so enchanting with the cool water flowing over the limestone formations. Many people were swimming in the main area, a hot spot for backpackers, which we avoided and decided to wander further up to a beautiful and bigger waterfall.
In the afternoon we drove our scooter through a village, where we received many stares of fascination. We seemed to be the only travellers around. We flew our drone over the Mekong, giving us some beautiful footage. It also attracted local attention. Spending some time with local farmers whilst helping them build a fence for crops. They laughed and giggled at Markus when lifting giant pieces of wood.
This adorable little boy showed me a collection of bracelets.
After a few chilled days in this beautiful town we decided to head further south the following day to Vang Vieng also known as the party town.