Luang Prabang

The old part of Luang Prabang is quaint, charming and so … full of visitors and its attending amenities. Every old building a restaurant, hotel, cafe or shop, interpersed with temples steeped in history. Still, it’s a lovely place to spend a day, walking around the old part of the city and strolling into temples shaded under gorgeous trees, topped by a walk up to Phousi hill to catch a panoramic view of the tree canopied city. That is, if you can call it a city.

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Luang Prabang sits at the intersection of the rivers Khan and Mekong. The river Khan is seen in this photo taken from atop Phousi hill.

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The evening mist lace across the undulating hills in the distance.

From older photographs seen at the Palace museum, there seemed to be more trees in Luang Prabang. But the old city still feels luxuriantly green as one walks along the river with gentle waves lapping against the shore.

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King’s reception ‘room’, at the Palace in Luang Prabang.

Art work on resplendent gold relief wall at Wat Mai, Luang Prabang

Art work on resplendent gold relief wall at Wat Mai, Luang Prabang

Nearby popular sights include Pak Ou caves and Khoungsi waterfalls. The boat ride to Pak Ou caves reminded me of a skinny long tail boat ride along Kok river in northern Thailand years ago. Not so much the boat itself, but the calming sense of cruising on teh-tarik coloured waters flanked by lush greenery, with the sun pouring on my skin. The cave houses many buddha statues, placed there by devotees.

Pak Ou Caves

Pak Ou Caves

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One of the thousands of buddha statues placed by devotees in Pak Ou Caves.

At Khoungsi waterfalls, the clear blue natural swimming pools were really a pleasant surprise. Went for a cool and refreshing dip.

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Luang Prabang is also a convenient place to catch transport to other places and I wanted to see more of Laos. Decided to take a day off from Luang Prabang and left jy on her own (little did I know that she fell sick later on). More in the next post.

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