The ancient and tiny town of Luang Prabang may be the most beautiful place we’ve found in South East Asia. Laotians and many travelers consider the city in the north of Laos as the cultural heart of the country. Surrounded by mountains and situated right at the Mekong river, Luang Prabang hits the sweet spot of modern traditions. Fans of colonial influences will love the architecture, lovers of freedom and adventure will have the time of their life in the lush countryside.
Luang Prabang is a sleepy nest, but its beauty attracts many affluent tourists and customers, making it more expensive than the capital Ventiane. There’s an eclectic mix of luxury boutique hotels and ramshackle guesthouses, but I very much enjoyed the juxtapositions.
A vibrant food scene and plenty of activities are offered, as well as night markets, temples and trekking hikes if you’re so inclined. We ended up renting bikes and exploring the outskirts of Luang Prabang, then hitched a ride to nearby waterfalls. Unfortunately, our trip was cut short as we had to leave spontaneously due to illness, but I can’t wait to come back.