Monday, October 5, 2009

Luang Prabang: Overpriced and Overrated

Coming from Vientiane, we headed to luang prabang, how we got to luang prabang from vientiane deserves an article to itself. Traumatic, that’s probably the only word that my mind can conjure when the thought of that bus ride occurs.

An Overview of Luang PrabangThere were two buses heading to luang prabang, one express and the other VIP. the price differential wasn’t significant, but wanting to save some cash so that i could extend my travels, we took the express.

It should be noted that the price of fuel is extremely high in Laos and that you should be prepared to pay up to US $20 for a 4 – 5 hour bus ride. the cost, by no means, should be any indication of the comfort you should expect.

Bus on the way to Luang Prabang breaking downThe bus broke down a few kilometers out of luang prabang and we ended up having to take a tuk tuk into town. Ok enough about the bus ride, i should’ve been expecting something similar to the sort but i guess civilization has spoilt me for the road.

The town of luang prabang is nice. Great for walking around and soaking in the french architecture and temples that reside in the town.


Luang Prabang's very own Beatle BarHowever, the essence of luang prabang’s tourism is the waterfalls that reside on the outskirts of the town.  the most amazing of which is kuang xi waterfall.

We took a tuk tuk to check out all the waterfalls around the town, because my travel buddy couldn’t ride a bike. Talk about a downer.



Tad Sae Waterfall

Woman helping me to express how big Kuang Xi Waterfall actually is

Kuang Xi Waterfall

All in all i spent 4 days in luang prabang, it wasn’t the greatest experience i’ve ever had on the road, but i did enjoy it. It should be noted that luang prabang is a mainstay on almost every tourist in laos and it wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world to give the place a miss. however, it should be noted that somethings a popular for a reason and kuang xi waterfall certainly merits a visit if you don’t mind japanese tour buses and noisy white guys roaming around town with beerlao in hand.


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