The former capital of Laos and a UNESCO World Heritage City – was a city I was super excited to visit. After reading much about it in our guidebook and hearing from other travellers, it sounded like an awesome place to spend a few days checking out the sights and relaxing And getting a lovely case of food poisoning!
The “couple days” we had initially planned on spending in LP ended up being five – two of which were spent in bed.
Food sickness aside, we did manage to see and do quite a bit while in Luang Prabang. Here’s what we got up to:
After getting off the windy bus from Luang Namtha, tuk tuks were armed and ready to take tourists into the main part of town. The tuk tuk price seemed pretty set at a couple dollars per person for the ride, even though it doesn’t really take you that far.
We heard from an Aussie guy we met on some dirt paths in Bagan, Myanmar to stay at a place called Wat That Guesthouse in Luang Prabang, so after fuelling up on some 7am baguettes and smoothies we attempted to find it. A few hours later, we finally did and were greeted by the sweet lady that Aussie dude was talking about. The price per night was higher than what the Aussie had quoted, but after looking around to other guesthouses on the same street that were cheaper we were able to negotiate a bit. In the end, we got it for 70,000 kip/night to match a guesthouse across the street who offered us that price.
The guesthouse was lovely and clean with a large covered deck right outside our door that we shared with the other two rooms that were on the second floor Topeka1stpresbyterian.org. The room was large and had a queen sized bed, small bathroom (with Western toilet) and was fan cooled. It was a comfortable place to be while Glen and I were really sick (oh and they had decent wifi and free water).