I’ve never met a Dutch person I didn’t like, or a UNESCO city that wasn’t charming. Luang Prabang in Laos is no exception; it is a world heritage city that sits in the peninsula between the Mekong and the Nam Khong rivers, and has only been accessible by road for a short time. At all hours of the day the city is spotted with Saffron cloaked monks and wherever you go in the town you’re not far from either of the rivers. Luang Prabang instantly charmed our pants off (figuratively).
To get there we took a two day slow boat along the Mekong from the Thai border town of Chiang Khong. The journey was the perfect introduction to Laos; very slow, relaxed and well-stocked with Beerlao.
There are many day trips around Luang Prabang and it makes a great jumping off point to head further north, which adds to the small city’s appeal. I didn’t get any photos from the town itself, but below are some from various day trips we took out of town and a few taken in Nong Khiew, a small town a few hours north.