Earlier this year, I posted an Instagram story asking for travel recommendations and my friend @kelvinxiawei suggested me to visit Laos. Having heard good stuff about the place, I thought it would be a great idea to visit the country. And since Kelvin hasn't been to Laos too, I thought we should travel there together for the first time, given that we often found ourselves going to the same places on our own, only a year apart from each other (just found out it is mainly because he was inspired from my travels! 😆).
I didn't have much expectations for Laos, and I assumed it would be somewhat like it's neighboring countries such as Cambodia or Vietnam. Oh boy, was I so wrong! Arriving in the ancient town of Luang Prabang, I immediately felt calm and relaxed. This place moves so slowly, no one is in a rush, the old town is relatively free from vehicles and even noise! Night life is pretty much non-existent here as businesses are required to close by 11.30pm due to the midnight curfew.
Fun fact: Laos 🇱🇦 is one of five remaining communist countries in the world. The other four are China, Cuba, Vietnam and North Korea.
I spent six days in Luang Prabang, which is too much time to be here in my opinion. Three days is more than enough to cover the main tourist attraction sites, leaving me with a lot of time to do nothing and just enjoy the slow pace of life here. One of the best things to do here is to walk through the main street, while admiring the intricately ornate Buddhist temples and cute cafes and bakeries selling delicious French pastries all day.
I have walked the main street way too many times, and yet, I'm always awed by its charm and beauty. The town of Luang Prabang is very well-preserved. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1995, this charming old town has a beautiful blend of Lao traditional architecture and European colonial style buildings. Coupled with its laid back vibe and friendly locals greeting you sabaidee (hello), this is the place to be to chill and relax.
I'm leaving this place today, and I'm going to miss the peace and tranquility here. Definitely coming back if I need a space to just breathe when life gets too much again.