Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang - What a beautiful city

The peninsula is a UNESCO protected area with 33 temples. What makes the city so special is the mix of charming temples and chic old french colonial buildings. While walking down the small and cute streets there is no way of resisting to do some temple hopping. At every turn a new temple shows up and most of them are free of charge. But be aware always cover your shoulder and knees! The old quarter on the peninsula which is bounded by the Mekong and Nam Khan River is the place were most sights can be found and it invites you for just strolling around.

Our guesthouse was right at the river-front with a nice restaurant where we had a sun downer before dining at the night market. In the morning french flair is in the air: You find freshly baked croissant and many french cafes all around the place and it's impossible to leave the place without having a good cup of coffee and croissant. Our favorite cafe was a bakery called "Le Bonneton" in the Main Street.

The next two days we not only explored the old quarter but also did a Mekong River tour, visited to the famous Kuang Si Waterfall and the Pak Ou cave. Especially, the waterfall was great. After seeing more than a dozen waterfalls it's hard to impress us but the menthol blue Kuang Si waterfall with its many cascades managed to do so. By accident we found an amazing swimming spot without anyone else. Ok, we had to risk our lives by climbing up in one of the sidearms but it was worth it 😉 Contrary to the waterfalls the river cruise is nice but the cave visit is just a waste of time and money.

Every day after sightseeing our batteries needed to be reloaded. Is there a better way to do so than with a a foot, back, neck and shoulder massage for only a few dollars? We enjoyed quite some relaxing massages in one of the several spas. One of our visits was very weird though: Evas masseuse must have had some stomach issues as she burped so hard that walls vibrate. At the same occasion Niels masseuse asked him if he likes her and told him that he is a very handsome man (hope this wasn't going into the direction that we thought) - this was especially disturbing as Eva was laying next to me....

It would have had been very easy to spent more time in this lovely city but for us it was time to move on after only 3 days.

View over Luang Prabang

The entrance to the temple cave - the only thing we wouldn't high recommend doing around here..
At the beginning of our climb...

Beautiful pool terraces

Climbing to our secret spot!

View from our secret spot - including someones foot...

The owner of the foot... being very happy that she did the climb!

Some impressions from the "city"
Street food...

One of the many restaurants directly at the river - all of which we visited were amazing
Amazing breakfast...

Our accommodation was absolutely nice. Staff was very friendly and helpful
Inside one of the many temples we saw this... very special atmosphere...