One of the reasons why I wanted to come to Laos was because I absolutely knew nothing about it. I knew it was north of Thailand but that is about it. Well after the two day slow boat ride from Thailand, my first stop and introduction to Laos was Luang Prabang. Located on a confluence of the Mekong and the Nam Khan rivers, Luang Prabang is a small town of 50,000 people and is the 4th largest city in Laos. France had once annexed Laos which influenced and created a beautiful French-Asian fusion. The French also left Laos with the gift of colonial architecture and incredibly delicious French baguettes and croissants. Even a Frenchman told me they were good so I will take his word they are the real deal. Apart from getting mouth watering sandwiches, Laos has plenty of extremely picturesque mountains, waterfalls, and rivers.
Khaoung Si Waterfalls – Notice the size of the people at the top of the waterfall. That will give you an indication of scale. It was a 30 minute tuk-tuk ride from Luang Prabang. The cool turquiose waters were a quite refreshing respite from the day’s heat. I found myself making it out here each day. There are plenty of beautiful hiking trails and numerous pools to soak in.
Downtown Luang Prabang Main Street. Luang Prabang didn’t feel too big. A 20 minute walk and you felt like you walked the town.