The beautiful acquainted town of Luang Prabang is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the former capital of Laos. It is a great place where time just slows down and there is not a whole lot to do but definitely worth exploring, very easy to walk around on foot or you can opt for a tuk tuk.
In Luang Prabang you will be able to visit golden roofed museums and temples with the influence of colonial French buildings encompassing the fusion of traditional and urban structures, delicious food markets, stalls of clothes and souvenir and monks walking around.
Here are some images I snapped, adventuring on foot…
NATIONAL MUSEUM (FORMER ROYAL PALACE OF LUANG PRABANG)
oh, darling lets be adventurers…
The Bamboo Bridge is built by families of the community and is open for 6 months of the year after the rain season is over, with an entrance fee of 5,000 kip which contributes to the maintenance and the salary of the families who built the bridge. It is built over the Nam Kahn river and it is removed during the rainy season due to strong current. Across the bridge is even a more small and quiet town, a great escape from the hustle and bustle…
nam kahn river
its actually a strong bridge, with this rubber type material being used to tie the bamboo bridge together..wow! do you know the material name?
some street market food
some street captures…
Mount Phousi is a great place to watch the sunset with an entrance fee of 20,000 kip. You just have to embrace several steps to enjoy a 360 spectacular degree outlook of the town centre, landscapes and mountains and the Mekong River. It was a humid day and I was running out of clean clothes..love it.
Hope you enjoyed this edition and have a lovely week. 🙂
exploring kuang si waterfall
The biggest waterfall in Luang Prabang, Kuang Si Waterfall has 3 tiers which leads to a 50-metre drop into stunning pools. It’s really easy to get to the falls, asking any tuk tuk drivers in town or joining a tour on the spot as I did at my accomodation, costing 30-40,000 kip round trip. There is an entrance fee of 20,000 kip. I am immensely in love with waterfalls, and should plan to spend at least 3-4 hours exploring. It was raining pretty much the whole time i was there but that didn’t dampen my spirits being at the falls and surrounded by jungles and stunning greeneries.
Adventures with trees which have gone wild 😉
And seeing Bamboo trees.. beautiful and stunning!
Standing in the rain, trying to cover up my camera, trying not to slip on mud…love it 🙂
The rain just creates this stunning mist like feel..
Perfect magical hideaway Surrounding by jungle, enjoying Mother Nature 🙂
If you’re ever in Luang Prabang where there is not a whole lot to do, which is a good thing, the waterfall is a popular travellers destination and certainly not one not to be missed.
Hope you enjoyed this edition, have a great week. x 🙂
luang prabang / NEGOTIATION A PRICE
Luang Prabang a World Heritage town is one of the most acquainted small cities I have ever visited and if I ever get the chance, I definitely would go back in a heart beat. The city boast a fusion of traditional architecture and Laos urban buildings. I stayed at the Soutikone Guesthouse 2 which cost $25 USD per night, it was clean in a basic room and had everything I needed, a place to sleep and dump my bag whilst I explore 😉
The hotel said it would cost $25 USD for a tuk tuk driver to take me to Tad Sae Waterfalls and they would be able to organise the private driver for myself (there are tours available however they included elephant riding and I am totally against this). I decided to put my negotiation skills to the test again, as this price for me was a little steep for a trip to a waterfall seeing that it would only cost me about $5-6 AUD to explore Kuang Si Waterfall a bigger and popular waterfall (more on that adventure later..)
The price I was willing to pay was $15 USD for a 30-40 minute drive from the city centre of Luang Prabang. I had approached about 3-4 drivers whom some wasn’t sure how to get there and all wanting $20 USD but I was not willing to budge. In a little shock of being rejected by my $15 USD round trip price which I thought was great and really wanting to explore the waterfall as it was about 1pm now, my price was now $17 USD.. the fifth tuk tuk driver had rejected my offer but called another driver over who had a bigger tuk tuk and between us we agreed on 17! yasss
GETTING TO TAD SAE WATERFALL
I enjoyed and loved every minute sitting on the back of a tuk tuk for about 30 minutes, sometimes going up and being quite dusty. The driver waited for about 2-2.5 hours as agreed, whilst I boarded this boat below with the boat driver, absolutely loved it! The boat ride cost 20,000 kip for a return trip.
BOAT VIEW PASSING THROUGH NATURE
There is an ‘elephant centre’ where you can meet elephants BUT please do not be a tourist and ride the elephants. Humans cannot ride Wild elephants and so baby elephants are tortured when they are young to break their spirit.
there are 2 different sections of waterfalls to explore
myself at the stunning mother nature
WOW, JUST LOOK AT HER
After the fun adventure I went back on the same type of boat back where my driver was waiting. 🙂 I paid the driver when I got back to my accomodation.
Hoped you enjoyed this edition have a great week! x