From the moment of our airport pickup, we could sense the friendliness of the people here. The driver was excited to see B's Valencia football shirt and we'd find repeated evidence of the love of European football.
We arrived late, so we took in a drink and bite at our hotel's restaurant overlooking the Mekong. This is also the spot for the amazing complimentary hotel breakfast each morning, where we snapped the pictures below. Any day that starts out with this view cannot be a bad one. The landscape is dotted with the orange of monks' robes and people going about daily life along the Mekong. The real beauty is radiating from these people.
Despite a thriving (and growing) tourist scene, you see signs of locals' everyday life everywhere you look and can easily find peaceful moments and secret corners. The entire town is a protected Unesco World Heritage Site.
|Across from our hotel, monks pause before starting their upkeep of the local land|
|Genuine sun-dried rice cakes|
The town is lined with temples. You can see the importance of Buddhism to the people, but it also adds an intangible feeling to the place.
Oddly enough, we found ourselves drawing comparisons between Luang Prabang and Visby, Sweden (Denia, Spain a bit too). This may seem an unlikely comparison, but there is a certain light and magic that these places have in common despite being culturally and geographically worlds apart. You'll just have to visit to see what you think, because I just can't find the words to do it justice!