Visiting the lovely ancient capital of Laos, and spending a few days releasing your soul in both ancient and gentle beauty in Luang Prabang, is an interesting way for you to quickly find peace and balance in your life.
As one of the most attractive destinations for foreign tourists in Laos, Luang Prabang, the ancient capital with a peaceful beauty center marked by Buddhism is considered the most famous tourist spot by the natural peace and magnificent beauty.
Luang Prabang is a provincial city and the ancient capital of Laos recognized by UNESCO as a world cultural heritage is located about 425km from the north of Vientiane by the Mekong River.
Enjoy the sunset from Mount Phou Si
On this planet, there is no second old public city like Luang Prabang – Francis Engelmann, UNESCO experts said.
Strokes ancient moss of the timeless streets and lanterns at night make Luang Prabang become the same as Hoi An, Vietnam, and reminiscent of Sapa with winding mountain pass roads, small shops full of smoke from the grill. Coming to Luang Prabang you will see the red tile roof undulating coils along the Mekong and the monks dressed in orange begging a long line through the old streets in the early mornings. Added to that are the streets, endless street corners. Many people choose Luang Prabang, Laos to travel to because of the images of the begging monks and its aristocratic semblance. Besides, the inhabitants of Luang Prabang are very attentive and friendly (you can stop anyone for permission to takes some photograph without fear of rejection or discomfort), it can make you love Luang Prabang from the first moment.
The charm of Luang Prabang is the Buddhism with unhurried, honest, decent lifestyle, and expertise of both streets and bright orange coat color of the monks and the gilded splendor of the architecture. The monks in Laos usually agile, vivacious teenagers, laughing very nicely, going on the streets themselves into line with the people in the sun glowed orange shirt. It is very nice!
One of the reasons visitors coming to Luang Prabang is also to visit the ancient ruins of the former capital, especially the 400-500 years old temple along with the other temples with fine, well-preserved architecture. Xieng Thong temple is a typical one with the quaint area – special architecture of Luang Prabang.
Besides a series of temples: Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham, Souk Haram Wat Sene, Wat Nong Sikhounmuang, etc with sharp interface between traditional and modern architecture , the typical one is the Royal Palace (Royal Palace), now it has become the National Museum, built in 1904 is the harmony between the two schools of architecture Laos – France.
Or you can also climbed Mount Phou Si to admire the sunset in Luang Prabang – where you can zoom eyes to watch the sun slowly sink into the Mekong river and record the peaceful sunset moments here.
I came to Luang Prabang in the afternoon, after traveling from Nong Khiaw. Luang Prabang is a tourism city where is very well known in Laos, lies on the banks of the romantic Mekong river, a place where my friend shared that very comfortable and great to watch the sunset.
However, after I started my search for a hotel to stay, then I realized that this place was not necessarily comfortable as what I imagined. The reason was mainly due to the fact that I did not book hotels in advance, so when I arrived, it coincided with another holiday in Laos, so most of the hotels here were full. If not, the price was 50% higher than normal.
Luckily then I also find myself a beautiful hotel, the price is also acceptable. After finishing late lunch and arranging luggage in place, I went out of the hotel and asked the way to the shores of the Mekong river to watch the sunset. The atmosphere here was really nice, and I suddenly discovered that, Mekong here was very different from the first time I saw the boat in Huay Xai. It was also a river, but the beauty in each place was not the same, and I was really excited to start exploring here.
Then I went to the ferry terminal where I had an appointment with two friends named Chris and Dolf – the two friends and I spent some great time in Muang Ngoi Neua . We discussed and planned a trip together here, and firstly we intended to go dining in a cozy riverside restaurant and then ended the day with a few bottles of Laos Beer.
The next day in our travel plan has been changed, when Chris and Dolf wanted to go to Plain of Jars in Phonsavan, and I decided to skip this place. I wanted to stay in Luang Prabang two more days, so I hired a bike to tour the city a little.
After visiting a few temples, and marketplaces I discovered a fun gym here, and decided to drop by in the evening. Finally, just as plans outlined yesterday, I decided to climb Mount Phou Si to admire the sunset.
When reaching the top you will see a very beautiful temple called Wat Chomsi, from here you will launch a panoramic 360 degree view around. Some tourists came to share with me that, you had to come early to get a good scenic location, if not it is likely to be very crowded.
I climbed up the mountain while the sun was still up, find myself a comfortable cliffs, I sat down and waited for the sunset. Time passed quickly when back behind me, it was quite surprised to see so many tourists were coming, I was pretty excited because I had arrived early to get a perfect seat for sightseeing .
But the sunset here was not great as compared to what I saw in different places, but to see the light of day that finally shone down underneath the river, I saw my heart became easily extremely resistant, a peaceful feelings that was difficult to describe.
Almsgiving – The unique culture of Laos
The next day I decided to go outside to watch the monks begging for alms on the street. As usual, the monks here usually walk in the streets at dawn to get the food from the locals. This time on the street, there were many people and tourists waiting for the monks go through given the recommended feeding their hat. A very solemn and quiet scene .
Miraculous beauty of Kuang Si waterfall
Then I decided to rent a motorcycle to Kuang Si waterfall to a gorgeous waterfall located about 30km from the city center. After pressing the accelerator and move for a while, unfortunately a tiring problem appeared, forcing me to stop. It was unbelievable, I was moved almost 700km on motorcycles in Mae Hong Son area that has never had to stop to repair the car, while stopped repairing the car when new trip begins about 30 minutes. Luckily I did not have to go too far to find a place to repair the car, motorbike repair guy here looked a little bit clumsy but very cheerful and enthusiastic, and it took approximately 1 hour to repaire, and I resumed my journey.
Kuang Si Falls – a waterfall with miraculous beauty is my final tour in Luang Prabang. Bathing and immersing in the cool stream here is a great way for you to relieve stress and fatigue.
Luang Prabang is a beautiful and peaceful city, a place that is worthy for you to spend a lot of time exploring and learning.