Luang Prabang, located in the North of Laos on the Mekong River, was a nice change of pace after the craziness of Cambodia. It’s a UNESCO world heritage site so there are no big trucks or buses and very few cars, just a whole lot of motorbike traffic.
The place is definitely geared towards tourism, and it felt a bit like the number of tourists outweighed the locals, not to mention it was one of the more expensive places we visited by South East Asian standards. Despite that, I have to say I definitely fell in love with Luang Prabang, it’s charm and pace were incredibly endearing and compared to the rest of South East Asia it’s very laid-back and a lot slower, making it the perfect place to spend a week or two.
You can see the rest of my Luang Prabang photos over on my Flickr account.