This is a follow up post to my adventure in trying to get to Luang Prabang, the former royal capital of Laos.
While planning for this trip, I had grand plans. Swim in the three-tiered pools of Kuang Si Fall, watch the sunrise from Mt Phousi, trek through rural handicraft villages and so much more.
Well, if you read my earlier post, you will get the idea that none of that is going to happen.
In the spirit of embracing the unexpected, we decided to wing it. Here are the top five things I’d recommend if you are planning to just hang around, or in my case hobble around, the heritage area of Luang Prabang.
- Visit the markets
I love going to the markets of different countries just to get acquainted with the produce of the land.
- Temples, Rituals and A Royal Palace
I’m mesmerised by the prints on the pillars of Wat Mai, an early nineteenth century temple.
We also stopped by the former Royal Palace next door and were impressed by the fleet of cars. Photography wasn’t allowed but don’t you think these fuel dispensers are cute?
- Do Good and Get Crafty
We dropped by the Luang Prabang Public Library, because we heard they promote reading in many of the surrounding villages. Class was in session and the kids are really cute and super curious (The hubby took pictures, which means I’ll probably get to see them next year). We also came across a hands-on print-making workshop.
- Savour the Flavours
Luang Prabang is popular among tourists so there is a wide variety of cuisines ranging from local to French to Thai to Korean to Vietnamese and more. These are my top picks:
- Take a cookery class
Our hotel offered a cookery class on Laotian cuisine. I learnt to use crushed sticky rice and managed to fold a pretty decent banana leaf parcel. I swear the chef paled quite instantly when I attempted to pound the fish pieces. He also looked horrified when I threw in 3 bird’s eye chilli into the mix. I had to assure him I would be fine. It’s for the hubby anyway :).
All in, I had a really good time! I hope I can visit again and do all the things I didn’t get to do. Maybe my wish will come true if I fold a thousand cranes…