I have consistently been flabbergasted by Laos: a nation rich with pioneer history, a prospering Buddhist culture, and advancement. Each of the three cross in Luang Prabang, one of my most loved objections in Southeast Asia where the whole town has been proclaimed a World Heritage Site.
One Christmas a couple of years back, I was blessed enough to put in a few days in Luang Prabang. Sunset had shown up before the expected time the past night and the day break was blended in with dim downpour and smoke filled air. I rose early that morning and rode my leased bicycle through the dull roads and paths of the town. There were no vehicles present and I cheerfully wandered through town, following the parade of priests out on their morning aid adjusts. What an absolutely otherworldly encounter this was! In the remoter pieces of town there were no sightseers present and I had the otherworldliness existing apart from everything else to myself. I was moved by the lowliness of the priests and the quiet serenade of the head priest as he halted by the street to offer a gift to individuals giving nourishment for the afternoon. At a certain point I passed a lady cooking outside on her open hearth as she got her endowments from the priests. In that warm fog, as the sun rose one can't resist the opportunity to feel a feeling of quiet and amazing quality.
Later on in the day, after a pontoon ride up the Mekong River I went to a little riverside eatery to have an essentially delightful French lunch. Under the shade of the influencing trees I appreciated watching current Luang Prabang. Numerous bikes and bikes thundered by, while at the bar sat a sharp looking English man. He was wearing a squeezed material suit and was perusing the European press. I envisioned him out of a Graham Greene epic, and was entranced by him in this generally untainted of towns. Not at all like my experience toward the beginning of today, I was lost for that second in a time a distant memory.
That night I remained at a brilliant old pioneer home that had been changed over into a little inn. I sat on a teak wood gallery watching the procession of individuals down in the city and I wondered about the delight of movement and the limit venture out needs to shape and change your reality.
The following day I left on an excursion that took me to a separated sea shore on an island in the Mekong River somewhere down in the Southern aspect of the nation and to a high level for exceptional perspectives on the Southeast Asian fields coming to the extent Cambodia.
Notwithstanding, a fantasy for me, right up 'til today is to lease a home in Luang Prabang and become mixed up in that world, much the same as the English man at the bar, for a second… anyway long that endures!
- Pakbeng. Pakbeng Lodge.
- Muang La. Muang La Resort.
- Luang Prabang. 3 Nagas Hotel.
- Don Daeng Island. La Folie Lodge.
What are the accommodations like?
Vientiane and Luang Prabang offer a fine choice of luxury and mid-level accommodations. All rooms are air-conditioned with private bathrooms with a 24-hour hot water supply. Most of the rooms will be equipped with satellite television and IDD direct dial phones and will offer all the amenities that you would find in the West including a business center, room service, and swimming pools.
Accommodations in Northern and Southern Laos are more basic. A number of the hotels are old colonial villas, which have recently been restored or simple huts built on bamboo stilts. The rooms are equipped with private bathrooms and air-conditioning or ceiling fans. However, electricity and hot water are often times not available 24 hours a day!