After a 10 hour trip from Vientiane including a van change in Vang Vieng and a flat tire, the inflated price quoted to us by the tuk tuk driver at the station was not enough to dampen my spirits. We had arrived in Luang Prabang. It’s been only two years since coning here the first time and yet I am as excited as my companions.
Many things hold so much magic in Luang Prabang for me.
This wonderful ceremony which starts at 5:30am is a real religious ceremony. It is beautiful to watch especially if you observe proper decorum.
Locals make merit by giving food to the monks. I prefer the section of road near Wat Xieng Thong as there are fewer tourists.
The row of stalls across the tourist information center sells made-on-the-spot sandwhiches. There are a variety of fillings such as chicken, avocado, eggs, and many more all served in a baguette. My favorite is the traditional Lao sandwhich.
Restaurants serve them but better to go to the Night Market and have your fill of a variety of day sausages at only 10,000 kip each.
Where else can you get pure butter croissants for only a dollar? Le Banneton is the best. For delicious cakes, head to Joma.
The relaxed vibe
On my first trip here, I only planned on staying a few days. I ended up staying a week.