First impression of Luang Prabang: Underwhelming.
Perhaps our expectations were too high after reading so many positive things and hearing gushing praise from other travelers.
After a week in town: ❤ Luang Prabang ❤ One of our favorite places in all of Southeast Asia!
Is this not a charming ass street?!
Every year they build this bamboo bridge, then take it down before rainy season.
Things to do in Luang Prabang:
- Rice Farming
We learned about rice farming @ The Living Land Company
Beautiful and informative! You get to learn about and attempt every step of the rice planting and harvesting process. You will come away with respect for how much work it takes to make that delicious steamed rice you stuff in your facehole.
If you say “Hooy! Hooy!” the water buffalo should go. When you yell “Yooooo”, they should stop. Unless you’re a dumb tourist. Then water buffalo don’t care what you say.
Hats are fun.
2. Kuang Si Waterfall
Many, many tuk tuk drivers around town will offer to take you to the waterfall. It is worth going. If you go early in the morning, midweek it will be relatively deserted.
Where we stayed:
Cold River Guesthouse: Run by an adorable French family. They pay attention to details. Would go back and stay just for the kiwi jam served with baguettes in the morning.
Belle Rive Boutique Hotel: If you want to splurge a bit. The room we had there was more like a small apartment. We checked in super late the night we stayed here. Our flight the next day didn’t leave till late and management was kind enough to let us check out late! Also, they provided water guns for guests to use during the giant water fight that is Pimai Lao.
Snackage aka Things to eat in Luang Prabang:
Lao Banh Mi is a great bang for the buck snack or meal. Everything else is in your guidebook.