January 1, 2015

Luang Prabang, Laos

What Lonely Planet said: Colour is the first of Luang Prabang’s virtues to greet travellers. Pearly frangipanis with their heady perfume, banks of overgrown trees peppered with scarlet flowers, the burnt sienna robes of hundreds of monks and their novices, and resplendent gold and claret wats. The scent of fresh coffee, river activity, produce markets and spicy food soon follows. And then the broader aesthetics begin to unfold. Encircled by mountains, and set 700m above sea level at the confluence of the Nam Khan (Khan River) and the Mekong River, Luang Prabang is now Laos’ foremost tourist showpiece. The brew of gleaming temple roofs, crumbling French provincial architecture and multiethnic inhabitants captivates even the most jaded travellers, and the quiet benevolence of the city’s residents lulls them into a somnambulant bliss.

I was there: June 13, 2012 - June 15, 2012

Camera used: Canon EOS 40D

Luang Prabang main street at dusk

A monk walking down the street. Monks are common sights in this peaceful town
There are several colonial-era buildings in Luang Prabang
Antique cars
At dawn, monks collect food from believers

There are many monks in this town of many temple
Even senior monks collect alms
Wat Mai located just beside the Royal Palace

One of many temples in this World Heritage Site

Yet another temple

Wat again

People carrying fresh produce at the bank of Mekong River

Boats at Mekong River

The opposite bank of the river

Where Nam Khan and Mekong meets

Frangipani flowers

Shrine at the top of Phousi Hill

The hike up Phousi Hill is very tiring but the view makes the climb worth it

Luang Prabang is surrounded by mountains and hills

Beautiful scenery

Me on top of Phousi Hill