My image galleries will show, what makes Luang Prabang a paradise for photography and why you should go there. Because your camera loves what your eyes love and vice versa.
Luang Prabang Night Market
Asian markets are mostly colorful, but not all of them have a beautiful atmosphere. The big ones are often too busy and are all about fake designer bags. But Luang Prabang Night Market has that certain something: A friendly feel and lots of beauty. Even from a close perspective the stalls are appealing. Many vendors sell real handicraft. What’s more, there are people from different ethnic groups.
Scenic River Landscapes
Luang Prabang is located at the confluence of the rivers Nam Khan and the much more famous Mekong. Both riverfronts offer atmospheric photo spots. The Mekong has an interesting river life, because many people in Laos spend much day time there. The long boats are often used by families. From time to time you see people wearing conical hats.. From the river you can see authentic villages with bamboo houses and beautiful karst mountains. The river landscape around Luang Prabang will give you a peaceful feeling. In town you can book Mekong daytrips.
Golden monasteries and Colonial Style
Once the royal residence was in Luang Prabang. The royal family lived there until the communist revolution in den 1970s. The town is full of outstanding golden monasteries. Luang Prabang has been listed as UNESCO World heritage since more than 20 years. This is because of the unique mix of buddhist and colonial architecture of the 19th and 20th century. Unsurprisingly, there are many boutique hotels. In comparison to other places they are not that expensive.
In the colonial shophouses there are hip cafes with great foods today. The splendid interior design is thoroughly renovated. Foodies will fall in love with Luang Prabang. You will find the French heritage predominantly in the restaurants. There is international high quality food available from fresh croissants to Middle East cuisine .But also traditional laotian cooking is cultivated. As a vegetarian (mostly vegan) I found a good variety of choices. I found for example food of ethnic minorities in a veganized version. Although we really liked the pretty cafes and restaurants, we mostly decided to have dinner at the fabulous nightmarket. It offers delicious little meals and there is nothing better than to have a cold Beer Lao with them.
When in Luang Prabang you can visit different waterfalls with a Tuk Tuk. It’s worth the trip as you can have a glimpse into rural Laos. It’s also possible to visit villages of ethnic minorities even if in a touristy version. South East Asia offers lots of beautiful waterfall with tropical plants and local people having picknick there. But the Tat Kuang Si waterfall was special because of his ultra tuquoise color. People enjoy bathing in the lower pools. When I saw the waterfall in its full size, I was just speechless. “Not of this world” was my first thought.
Hundreds of Monchs
Every morning monchs collect alms in Luang Prabang. I imagined seeing hundreds of them at sunrise, which was the reason I had put this town on my bucketlist. I found this exotic and wonderful. Many of the monchs in Luang Prabang are still children or teenagers. During the day heat they often carry umbrellas. The Nam Khan Riverside makes a good spot to watch them. We did this many hours sitting at a nice cafe instead of rushing from one tour to another. Slow Life with a good cafe and lots of beauty.
If you like to learn about travelphotography of Luang Prabang in depth, I recommend you this Field Guide.
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