Three Nights in Luang Prabang

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At the end of the Nagi of Mekong river cruise we spent three nights in Luang Prabang, to relax and recharge before heading into Vietnam to continue The Big Trip.

As mentioned we arrived via boat from Huay Xai, however you can also get the sleeper bus from there or alternatively you can fly to Luang Prabang from various airports in the region. Once our time in Luang Prabang was over we flew straight into Hanoi in Vietnam with Lao Airlines to start the next leg of our journey.

Frangipani Guesthouse was our home for the three night stay, it was a cute little guesthouse on the edge of the centre just a one minute walk to the river.

We had a double room with a balcony which was lovely, and the bathroom had the cutest tiles too! There was a tasty breakfast included with our stay, allowing us to choose a meal and drink off the menu each morning.

As with the majority of guesthouses in Southeast Asia they can book excursions, alongside local and onwards travel which always comes in handy. Plus they do laundry which was much needed for us!

Luang Prabang was all about chill-time, with an activity or two thrown in and that is exactly what happened and it was bliss!

The evening we arrived we had a little wander, grabbed a bite to eat around the corner from our accommodation and hit the sack ready for the next few days.

Day one started off with a lie in and breakfast before venturing outside for a mooch to take in the local area. It was rather warm so after a little while we stopped at Joma for an ice tea to get some air-con action and then heading back onto the streets to see what we could stumble across.

I wasn’t long before I found a massage spot where I could indulge in a 130minute treatment for approx. £17, who could say no to that? I appeared a couple hours later and we decided to take in a traditional dance show and dinner at Son Phao Restaurant & Traditional Show.

Day two meant a trip to Kuang Si Falls which we’d pre-booked via our guesthouse, this half day visit gave us enough time for a swim, to check out the rescued bears who are housed in a sanctuary near to the falls, and lunch in the attached village.

Once we were back in town we went temple exploring and chose to visit Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham before walking up Phousi Hill to see the golden Pagoda That Chomsi, and to gaze out over the region.

It’ll come as no surprise that I got a foot scrub in the evening to ease my poor travelling feet, then we headed to dinner.

Day three was a travel day but not until the evening so that meant we could spend the day wandering around town, (getting sadder by the minute that we’d be leaving that evening!) taking in the beautiful streets and friendly vibes for the last time.

We completely fell for Luang Prabang and were gutted we already had a flight booked to Vietnam as otherwise we’d have definitely stayed longer. Guess that just means we’ll have to go back one day, eh!

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