Luang Prabang, Laos
Home to the nicest water falls of south East Asia, Luang Prabang.
A very old town located in the north of Laos on the Megkon river filled with temples and munks. A great place to visit as it has adapted to accommodate it’s more recent boom of tourism but still holding its strong culture. Luang Prabang has many very nice resort/hotels as well as cheaper guest houses. I stayed in a guest house the first couple nights for $15 USD per night then moved to a nicer room with a patio overlooking the Megkon for $25 USD a night. One thing I noticed from northern Thailand to Laos is the difference in prices, Laos was more expensive all around expect for accommodations which were on par to a Little more expensive for the nicer places. The old town is quite small almost all walkable with many temples to visit, restaurants and a nightly market. As always I suggest renting a motor bike to get out of old town and explore a little bit more of Laos. Being a very mountainous country there are many beautiful roads to explore with amazing views from up high in the mountains, it’s so remote you can drive for hours with out seeing a signal sole. One of my favourite things to do up in the mountains was to shut off the bike and just sit in peace and listen to nothing but nature. I rented a bike and we drove for hours just getting lost, and what we found was truly amazing, the views, feeling so remote, the locals living in the mountains, huge fires on the side of the road, countless awesome feelings were experienced exploring Luang Prabang by getting out of the town.
On top of that some must do’s in Luang Prabang were the caves, the view point in the centre of the old city, the bamboo bridge, the famous Laos restaurant Taramindo, and the nothing less then amazing waterfalls. The water falls were my favourite, I can’t describe with words how beautiful they were with crystal blue water, tear after tear running through this thick jungle. There are many ways of exploring the waterfalls, by tour where you get 2 hours at the water fall for 50,000 kip. By mini bus being much more expensive or on your own schedule with a motor bike. The motor bike in my opinion is the way to do it, 2 hours just isn’t enough time to hang out at this location. The motor bike rental was 120,000 kip then anther 20,000 kip each to enter the falls. I stayed at the water fall until dark as I couldn’t get enough, swimming the crystal clear water, taking photos, and just taking in the natural beauty. I would say Luang Prabang is worth the visit just for the waterfalls but along them comes many more awesome experiences.