Luang Prabang is a beautiful city, filled with charm and history. It’s no surprise it’s becoming an increasingly popular stop for backpackers and holiday makers. Whilst the small city is flourishing as a result of the increased revenue the tourist industry provides, there is one less desirable side effect: the rising food prices in the area. As the number of people visiting is increasing, so is the cost of food, making it harder and harder to find a backpacker-friendly meal. After spending three months in the former Royal Capital, here are my top 8 cheap eats in Luang Prabang.
As the new year begins, my time in beautiful Luang Prabang is drawing to an end. I am going to miss this special place very much. From the monks that can be seen everywhere and the sound of their drums at four in the afternoon, to cycling around the French colonial buildings that do shabby chic so well, I can hardly think of a thing in this royal city that I won’t miss. Most people that visit here for a few days will remember the monks, their trip to Kuangsi Waterfall, climbing to the top of Mount Phoisi, Utopia and the night market. For me, though, I will remember some of the things most tourists are unaware of, or lack the time to visit. Here are my favourite parts of Luang Prabang, and the city’s best kept secrets.
First of all, Happy Christmas! I hope you all had a wonderful day, filled with laughter and joy. If, like me, your belly is too full from all the food and booze consumed yesterday, you’ll be looking for indoor activities that require little to no moving. Say, a spot of reading, maybe? If your dreams of 2015’s big adventure are already filling your thoughts, why not take a look at my top 10 travel blogs of 2014 for a little travel inspiration? Warning: reading any of these blogs may result in a sudden urge to book flights to places you’ve never thought to visit, itchy feet and compulsive day dreaming, AKA wanderlust syndrome.