Laos often gets overlooked on South East Asian itineraries when people don’t have enough time to travel. I understand why because I missed Laos the first time I was in South East Asia. Laos gets dropped because it doesn’t have the temples like Cambodia, the natural wonders like Vietnam or the beaches of Thailand. I made it my mission to go to Laos during my recent trip. I went to Luang Prabang for 5 days and it was the most beautiful city in South East Asia; it’s a UNESCO world heritage site. I stayed at an incredible place, My Dream Boutique Hotel. It was the perfect oasis for my stay in Luang Prabang. I felt like time was standing still here. Luang Prabang stands out to me because out of all the South East Asian countries I went to, it was the most relaxed and quiet place.
The hotel had bikes which was the perfect way to explore. Luang Prabang is a small town; you could see all of it in one day but it would feel too rushed. The best plan is to stay a while and take it in slowly. We don’t really hear about Laos or Laotian culture back in America which is such a shame. That was the fun part of being in Luang Prabang; tasting all the delicious food. Laotian food is a unique cuisine with a lot of influences from Thailand and Vietnam since they are neighboring countries. The people are also very lovely.
Luang Prabang’s main tourist attraction is Kuang Si Waterfalls. I’ve been to tons of waterfalls before and I’m not easily impressed by them. I wasn’t planning on going until the hotel concierge urged me to go because they told me it would be unlike any waterfall I would ever see. I was skeptical for sure. The best thing about Kuang Si waterfall is that it’s not far from town and it’s right off the road. You don’t have to hike for miles to find it. The water is also turquoise blue. So blue in fact, I’m still trying to figure out how the water got that color. It’s a long waterfall similar to Dunn’s river falls in Ochos Rios in Jamaica if you’ve ever been. It was a beautiful waterfall and it was definitely the highlight of my trip to Laos.
From Luang Prabang, I took an overnight bus to Vientiane because I was flying out to Hanoi. I don’t recommend going to Vientiane unless you have to. There’s not much to see there but since I had one day, I went to Buddha Park; a sculpture garden built in 1958. It definitely made for interesting photos.
I loved Luang Prabang I hope more people decide to add it to their South East Asian itineraries but then a part of hopes they don’t so it stays peaceful forever.
My Dream Boutique Resort
The pool at the resort
Exploring Luang Prabang
Passa Paa – Beautiful textile studio
The best way to explore is via bike
Luang Prabang night market
Kuang Si Falls
Best view at Dyen Sabai
Laotian hot pot at Dyen Sabai
Affordable hut Sala Inpeng in Vientiane