Indochina Discovery, Laos

The buddhist city of Luang Prabang

Before we arrived in Luang Prabang we though we would come to a big and crowded city, but we could’nt have been more wrong. The city did not have more than 50 000 inhabitants, and it felt like half of those were buddhist monks, walking around in their orange robes.The city itself was not much more than a walking street with a few shops selling tourist souvenirs, the many temples which Luang Prabang is famous for and a lot of cafés with excellent French and Asian cousine. Along the main street there were also a lot of people selling local art, painted on elephant dung and paper from banana palms. We bought three paintings here of orange munks walking around with their umbrellas, which is a common sight in the city center. Luang Prabang is a really clean and quiet city, which reminded us a lot about smaller European cities. It is a place which can be worth visiting if you are coming from busy neighboring Vietnamese cities like Hanoi, but even though the city is listed as a UNESCO world heritage site, is not a must see if you are on a tight schedule. 




Woman washing her baby in the capital street