Sunday, October 27, 2013

luang prabang, laos - part 1:



After a 24 hours exploring Kuala Lumpur, we were off to Luang Prabang, Laos, where we would spend the majority of our trip. I have been to Laos before, about five years ago with Andy, and thought it would be the perfect destination for mum's surprise trip. And yes, she loved it!
Luang Prabang is a beautiful, chilled town up amongst the hills of northern Laos, surrounded by the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers. As Laos was once under French colonial rule, you can see a strong European influence, especially in the architecture throughout the town. In addition there are numerous Buddhist monasteries (some over 500 years old) which with the gentle nature of the Lao people and natural setting, makes for a really stunning mix. 
I found the town hadn't changed all that much since my last visit, with just a few extra hotels and a few more cars on the road, but nothing drastic or that took away the charm I first fell in love with. It was so good to be back!

Below are some photos from our first day in town.

next: more snaps from Luang Prabang including our elephant mahout course and the Kuang Si waterfalls.



































6 comments:

  1. mike was in laos a few years ago and really loved it. the bus ride to get there though was apparently awful!

    your mum must have been so touched that you planned this whole trip!

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    1. it's so beautiful and relaxing! i hope mike gets to take you there while you are living in asia :) you would absolutely love it. we caught a plane direct from hanoi - no awful bus rides thankfully!

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  2. Beautiful photos, brings back so many memories from when we visited. I'm certain that classic Mercedes W120 was in exactly the same spot!

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  3. Simone @ http://theconstantwanderings.comNovember 7, 2013 at 12:57 PM

    These photos are absolutely beautiful. Laos -- LP in particular -- has such a mysticism and charm about it that you captured perfectly!

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  4. Beautiful photos! Thanks for bringing back some good memories from one of my favorite places in Southeast Asia. If I had a chance to go back, I would not hesitate even a bit.

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