A-Z April Challenge (Cities Visited) – L for Luang Prabang

I have visited the chilled small city in Laos on two occasions, the first time with Hamish in 2010 and again with Mrs Wilbur in 2015.

Easily the most spiritual city I have visited (especially the first time), here are a few highlights.

The Mekong

One of the world’s great rivers flows through Luang Prabang. In 2010 we took a daytime cruise to some villages and a cave stuffed with Buddhas, whilst in 2015 we took an amazing sunset boat ride.

Mekong Sunset

The Elephant Village, Luang Prabang

In 2010 we visited the nearby sanctuary that has saved elephants from the tough logging industry.

I know that elephant riding has some critics and I can understand the arguments. Here though the elephants were well looked after.

We were due to go in 2015 too but a stomach bug in Cambodia put paid to that,

Alms Collecting, Luang Prabang

Every morning processions of monks walk the streets at daybreak collecting alms for their daily food. Rice, fruit and bread is offered by locals and travellers alike.

It had all become a tad touristic in 2015, but we managed to find a back street well away from some pretty annoying tour groups.

Monk Chanting, Luang Prabang

This is one of the most spiritual things you can do in Luang Prabang. Just sit at the back of any temple and witness the beautiful chanting of the monks.

Click MONKS to hear for yourself.

The Night Market, Luang Prabang

Selling all sorts of colourful textiles, lamps, artwork, bags and ornaments, the night market is fabulous for strolling through and buying gifts to remember your visit by,

Luang Prabang, Laos

It is the whole spirituality and relaxation of the city however that is the main draw.

The city beginning with the letter L that I would most like to visit that I haven’t yet? Lhasa in Tibet.

How about you?

Look out for M tomorrow.

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