Relaxing in Luang Prabang

After the traffic of Bangkok and weekend night markets of Chiang Mai, we relaxed in Luang Prabang, a small town and World Heritage Site with wats, monks, and French colonial influence. As seen above, you can cross the main street of Luang Prabang at a leisurely pace without risking life and limb.

Luang Prabang is in a beautiful spot, surrounded by hills at the junction of the Mekong and the Nam Khan Rivers. The sun sets over the Mekong River, making for pretty sunsets. On our first evening in Luang Prabang, we battled crowds at a hilltop wat to catch this sunset over the Mekong and layers of hills receding in the distance.

sunset and hills over the Mekong River
sunset and hills over the Mekong River

On our last evening in Luang Prabang, we walked along the Mekong at sunset, seen below. That’s a papaya tree in the lower right corner. I prefer the photo and experience at the riverside.

sunset from the Mekong riverside
sunset from the Mekong riverside

Stopping for this riverside photo we found ourselve next to an American couple with whom we had shared a table at a noodle joint two days before. They live in Luang Prabang and were enjoying the sunset and walking their dog, an Asian mutt they inherited from another expatriate. The next morning we ran into the woman at a museum.

We also ran into a Swiss couple twice. We shared a Mekong boat ride with them and saw them the next morning. In Luang Prabang we had time to talk to strangers, and the town was small enough so that we happened upon the same people again and had time to talk and say hello. We found this warm and comfortable and a far cry from Bangkok, Chiang Mai, and even our home town.

As the sun set, this rooster stood on the riverside wall, looking like he owned the wall and unafraid of any rooster-nappers.

rooster downtown
rooster on the riverside wall at sunset

Our hotel was across the street from the Nam Khan River near this bamboo bridge. Gazing at river and hills in the distance is calming and peaceful.

bamboo bridge across the Nam Khan River
bamboo bridge across the Nam Khan River

Each morning we ate at a French bakery around the corner from our hotel. This mother and daughter drove up on a motor scooter to buy breakfast. The girl peered into the bag and was delighted with her mother’s purchase. Many parents on motor scooters dropped off their children at the school down the street.

girl was happy with the breakfast
daughter is happy with the French pastries

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I enjoy travel, art, food, photography, nature, California native plants, history, and yoga. I am a retired software engineer. The gravatar is a Nuttall's woodpecker that visited our backyard.

One thought on “Relaxing in Luang Prabang”

  1. I loved looking at these shots. We were in Luang Prabang in September so the river looked very different and the bridge was well under water! I’m still getting around to writing my own post about it because it’s one of those amazing places that offered so much more than we expected.

    Kind regards,

    Einstein’s Barber


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