to Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang is a very interesting place from a travellers point of view. It’s beautifully situated, two rivers concentrate most of the historic interest in a walkable area, and it’s a full-blown, comfortable tourist destination. Although there are plenty of backpackers, the majority have either flown in or are on a tour. I can’t think of many places I’ve been where walking the streets it seems the majority aren’t locals. Sounds terrible? Somehow it isn’t. The funny thing is we’d recommend it. One part of it is the dominating and very impressive presence of the Mekong. Which here is pronounced May-kong. Mostly, from a traveller’s p.o.v. looking for an exotic location that’s stress-free, this is it. The food, markets, sights, walks, and explorations out of town are all great. Good for your Mom. So there’s our pitch. Just don’t come in rainy season.

Tourist dollars are very important, 12% of the economy, and Luang Prabang is where most of them are spent.

Laos is one of the poorest countries in the world and one of only a handful that remain communist. The remaining group: North Korea, Cuba, China, Vietnam, Laos.

Oudomxay to Luang Prabang
Screen Shot 2015-11-28 at 2.33.01 PM

Arghh, road construction a lot of the way
P1040514

Breaking rocks with sledgehammers, argh for him
P1040522

Collecting sand for the concrete from the river
P1040525

The villages are usually linear following the road
P1040536

Ready for pavement, pressed up against the old village
P1040566


P1040544

Deers’s head, deer parts and a squirrel. Daryl from TWD would approve, this is what he usually appears with
P1040548

Birds, sadly beautiful
P1040554

A leopard cat. A little big bigger than a domestic cat. Not endangered
P1040558

Uh oh, storm ahead
P1040570

But they seem to disappear as fast as they come, so no worries, just a short shower
P1040573

Check this out. A fancy lunch restaurant, best we’ve seen yet
P1040584

Higher hills now
P1040591

Unbeatable
P1040619

Birds check out Lucinda, as piglets like to do
P1040615

Turkeys?
P1040612

One of the many upcoming stunning views
P1040625

To the Mekong
P1040632

And a bit further down
P1040636

A Mekong market
P1040645

Because it’s mostly fish
P1040649

And pig parts
P1040656

Fried bananas. Yum
P1040659

And we roll into Luang Prabang across this bikes only bridge, one of many
P1040663

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.