A powerful statement I know, but Luang Prabang is possibly the most beautiful town in South East Asia.
Set on a peninsular at the confluence of the Khan and the Mekong Rivers, Luang Prabang is just about as laid back as you can get (on arrival my driver didn’t go over about 15 mph from the airport into town).
Unlike many places in Asia, you don’t come to Luang Prabang to see anything in particular, you come here to see and experience Luang Prabang. A Beerlao (probably the finest brew in Asia) overlooking the Mekong, a stroll through the very impressive night market, a climb up Phu Si in the centre of town at sunset for the best views in town, or a boat trip up the river are just a few of endless, absolute musts while in this most charming old colonial town. Don’t forget to pack your alarm clock to watch the daily, early morning procession of countless barefoot Buddhist monks through the town centre.
It is like stepping back in time and with a Unesco Heritage Listing awarded in the 90’s Luang Prabang, thankfully, will be unchanged for years to come.
With direct flights to Vientiane, Siem Reap, Hanoi, Bangkok and Chiang Mai, Luang Prabang is an absolute must of an addition to any trip to Indochina.
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