The Colors and Streets of Luang Prabang Laos

The ancient town of Luang Prabang nestled in the mountains northern Laos. It was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995, considered by many as the heart of Laotian culture.  There are stunning views in every direction from the surrounding mountains, to the quaint streets in town.  The spectacular water views of the two rivers, Nam Khan and Mekong Rivers, snake their way through and around the area  provide a wonderful back drop any time of the day.

Colors and streets of Luang Prabang Laos

There there are two daily markets in Luang Prabang Laos

The morning market (6am – 10am?) and a daily night market (5pm-10pm).

From what we could see the morning market was geared more towards the locals and their daily food shopping, with a sprinkling of tourist items.  The night market was all about the tourists. Both were lovely and low-key to walk through and soak up the vibe.  I seemed to enjoy the morning market more, as it felt like I was stepping into the local life.  I took many photos of the morning market, but asked if I could take the photo first.  I didn’t want them to feel like they were on display.  Enjoy the morning Market!

Prices may be a bit higher here as the town attracts many tourists, but we found it to be less expensive than Thailand for many things.  What we really liked we how relaxed the people and vendors were.  We didn’t feel harassed or pressured to look or buy anything at all.  It was almost as if they were just there if you needed them and they didn’t care if you made a purchase or not.  As you know, we don’t make many purchases other than food and sometimes treats!

French Bakery Luang Prabang Laos (1)

 Nature in Luang Prabang Laos

The temples were gorgeous and so was the surrounding nature.  We found a great little park at the end of the peninsula that overlooked the two rivers meeting point.  We absolutely loved our trip to Kuang Si Waterfalls as well.

Getting lost in Luang Prabang

As you know, one of our favorite things to do is roam around and intentionally get lost.  Well, not really lost, but just walking or driving around with no plan at all.  We like to see where the next road or path will take us and then try to figure out how to get back.  Sometimes we stop along the way and check out menus, hotels, shops and other things, to get an idea of the area.  What we really like to do is just discover things!

If you are looking for a place to sleep, eat or play in Luang Prabang, we have some options for you.  What do you love about Laos?  Have you been? If not, is there something we shared that you liked?

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