We weren’t initially planning on visiting Laos; mainly because flights were quite expensive to get here, but after we found out it was monsoon season in Indonesia we booked a flight to Luang Prabang. In all honesty, I wish we hadn’t, I mean Laos seems nice enough so far; but in the 11 days we were in Indonesia it only rained a few times- so much for monsoon season.
The journey to Luang Prabang from Bali felt like a trip to Modor it was so exhausting; a taxi ride, a 2 hour wait in Denpasar, a flight to Jakarta, an 8 hour wait, a flight to Kuala Lumpur, a night spent sleeping behind a pillar in the airport, a flight to Luang Prabang and finally a mini bus to our hotel. I’m tired just typing that out, never mind actually living it.
I hadn’t done much research into Laos (as per usual) so I really didn’t know what to expect and in all honesty I was really surprised with how nice it is in Luang Prabang. Heavily influenced by the French, the architecture is stunning- and so are the freshly baked baguettes. The ancient Buddhist temples remind me of Northern Thailand, oddly giving me a homely, familiar feeling and the streets are spotless which I didn’t expect at all. When I thought of Laos, I thought it would nice albeit a little run down and dirty which is certainly not the case here in Luang Prabang.
There are apparently plenty of activities to do here, I didn’t do any of them. They simply weren’t worth the money in my opinion, Laos is an expensive country and you get charged for literally everything- including climbing a small hill, which I think is pretty ridiculous. I’m a little ‘temple’d out’ so didn’t pay the fee to see inside them-I think the exterior is always much more impressive anyway, and the waterfall everyone raves about offers elephant riding so I didn’t go there for obvious reasons. What I did do in Luang Prabang was relax by the beautiful Mekong River, explore the dainty streets lined with French colonial buildings, eat my body weight in vegan food at a buffet at the night market, drink all the organic freshly squeezed fruit juice I could get my hands on and eat more baguettes than I have in my entire life. Basically I’ve had what I’d call the perfect couple of days and I really couldn’t have asked for a better place to visit after the amazing Bali. It’s been a fabulous introduction to this country in which I know nothing about and I can’t wait to move on and explore more.