Luang Prabang will always be a bit of a special place for me. I was travelling with a friend for the first part of my trip and well, let’s just say, by the time we got to Laos I was ready to part ways. So I flew to Luang Prabang, alone.
Wow, it felt it good to be alone.
After all, that was how I intended to travel all along. I honestly didn’t realise how much it can drain you when you’re travelling in the wrong company, so I’d always advise people to do whatever it takes to branch off and recharge. It’s exactly what I did in Laos and I don’t regret it for a single second.
So…why did I love it so much?
Firstly, my accommodation was perfect. As it was low season (end of May) and I needed some me time, I booked myself into a nice little hotel for 5 days.
I’d shared a room for about 2 months straight by this point, so it was heavenly to have my own clean space and the luxury of air con, a double bed, a TV, mini fridge and a bath. It all came at a bargain price, had a full vegan menu in the restaurant downstairs and my room overlooked the Night Market.
It was called Indigo House Hotel and I would highly recommend it if you’re feeling a bit fancy.
Since I was stationed right by the Night Market, dinner was easy.
Every night I’d head downstairs and take my pick of all the delicious food on offer, and there were plenty of vegetarian options to choose from. Most places charge you by bowl, so the portions can be as large as you like.
A typical bowl would cost the equivalent of 70p and I’d fill mine with vegetables, potato and tempeh.
My days in Luang Prabang were mostly spent cycling around and visiting ancient Buddhist temples like Wat Xiengthong.
Luang Prabang is small, quiet and ideal for exploring, which is why most visitors hire bikes.
Thanks to the French influence here, you’ll find lots of bakeries and cafes (try Le Banetton) where you can grab lunch, cakes and croissants. There’s also several places to get a relaxing massage and plenty of little shops to browse.
Seriously, it’s that perfect.
Right, let’s talk about day trips.
If you plan on doing just one, then it has to be the Khuang Si Fall trip. There are a few elephant experiences available for tourists, but I chose to avoid them after my bad experience in Chiang Mai.
The Khuang Si Fall is by far one of the most beautiful sites I’ve ever seen (and very Instagram-worthy, as you can see). I signed up with a local vendor and we set off in a minibus for a short drive into the hills one afternoon.
When you arrive, you initially pass through a Butterfly Park and the Free The Bears Rescue Centre, then it’s a short walk to the waterfall and a chance to swim in the amazing blue waters.
If you’re feeling adventurous like I was, you can walk right up to the top of the waterfall to see the amazing view.
A couple of things.
If you’re planning on doing the climb, wear trainers. The path was quite steep at times and my flip flops barely survived. Secondly, take some snacks or lunch. There’s not much in the way of food and it’s a really pretty place to sit down and eat.
So, there you have it.
I had 5 unforgettable days in Luang Prabang and I’ll never forget it. I felt much more myself again thanks to this sleepy little town, so I’ve got a bit of a soft spot for it. If you have the chance to go there on your travels, make sure you don’t miss it.
Oh, and please take me with you? Thanks.