Before I dive into our stay in LP, we just hit a major milestone in our travels: in exactly 3 months we are due to arrive back in Florida: June 15th. We had a nice dinner last night and discussed a few things we all need to improve in our family relationship to make the most of our last 3 months of travel. I think it was a very positive conversation and I am certain it will have a positive effect as we continue our adventure.
Luang Prabang, a UNESCO Heritage site, is much more than I expected in terms of beauty. This wonderful laid back town is quite unique, I can’t think of another place that I could even try to compare with. The pretty French colonial architecture has been well preserved as you can see from all the buildings in the old town. It has also a great night market that is much more tranquil than street markets that we have visited before in Southeast Asia. The town is boarded by the Mekong (the largest river in SE Asia) and Nam Kham rivers.
We had 3 separate stays in LP. The first 3 nights we stayed at the Mekong Sunset Hotel, a small guesthouse overlooking the Mekong. We walked around a lot, visited the main Wats, night market and cute shops. The best of all was certainly the authentic French bakeries. Sarah and I could not have enough croissants and baguettes. In fact, we returned to the same Le Banetton bakery, our favorite, twice in 3 days. We left LP and went to the Elephant Conservation Center in Sayaboury (separate blog) for 2 days. Our second stay in LP was at the nice Sala Prabang, also overlooking the Mekong. We did a jewelry making class that the kids enjoyed and had our anniversary dinner at the French restaurant L’Elephant. We also woke up at dawn one morning to watch the procession of monks collecting alms. We took a tuk-tuk to the Kuang Si waterfalls and it was certainly worth the visit. Everyone (but me) went swimming at the refreshingly blue waters. Our third stay in LP was a bit shorter and only for one night. Yet, we managed to go back to our favorite bakery again and Louisa did a silk dyeing class. Luang Prabang is one of those places where you arrive and want to stay longer. 1 week is not even enough to see everything. Its a place to come, relax and appreciate the slow pace of life.