Luang Prabang is a place I loved, and yet am unsure if I ever want to return to. A UNESCO World Heritage Site of around 50,000 residents, the town sits at the confluence of the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers. What makes it so appealing may also lead to it’s inevitable downfall, as more and more travelers flock to it’s serene banks. Inexpensive hotels and guest houses abound along with a variety of great restaurants, both international and of local Laotian cuisine. The thriving night market is made up of street after street of astonishing handmade goods, and the daily Alms offering to the monks is a highlight. All of this, combined with great natural beauty, makes Luang Prabang an easy to place to fall in love with.
Laos is one of our favorite countries, having all the attributes of it’s SE Asian neighbors but still retaining a unique charm all it’s own. The Buddhist culture is absolutely fascinating and we marveled over their many amazing temples, all with fantastic, gilded doors. We enjoyed our time there more than most places we’ve ever been. We can’t wait to go back!