Filled with the smell of frangipani, old colonial homes and gold-plated Buddhist temples, Luang Prabang brings travelers a feeling a little like stepping into a time machine going back to the old Indochina during their trip. At the confluence of the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers and set in the northern mountainous region of Laos, the city, which has recently been called as the best preserved city in Southeast Asia – a World Cultural Heritage site recognized by UNESCO, reflects an intricate blend of French, Vietnamese and Chinese influences. Although it is possible for you to respectfully join some of the everyday sacred traditions, traveling to Luang Prabang, you will not find a city totally lost in time. Indochina tours Laos
Being an artistic and religious capital of Laos, Luang Prabang has a combination of hospitable inhabitants, historic architecture and impressive natural surroundings making it one of the most stunning stopovers of the region. With the abundance of spectacular ancient temples, Luang Prabang is deserved of being declared as a World Heritage Site in 1995, and since then it has been bustling with renovation and construction activities.
Not exclusively architectural, but the local people who seem to spend as much time on the streets as they do in their homes is the real charm of Luang Prabang. Buddhist monks in saffron robes stroll by with black umbrellas, which help their shaven heads avoid being influenced by the tropical sun, young women in traditional dress zip past on motor scooters while children play on the sidewalks and matrons gossip in the shade. Luang Prabang is a fine place to discover on foot or on a rented bicycle as it has some 36 temples scattered around this town. Meanwhile, there is a wide selection of appealing fashionable boutiques and eateries if you want a break from temple-hopping. It is highly recommended to wake up early in the morning so that you can see the throngs of monks make their alms runs at dawn. Have your hotel staffs tell you what time to get up and suggest a good spot for stunning view.
It is not wise to get food from locals who may approach you to sell food to serve to the local monks. To turn a profit, the locals often give packs of other junk or unsuitable rice. To know how to best donate to the monks, speak to a reputable agency in town or someone at your lodging. Laos tour packages
Cooking classes in Luang Prabang
Not only serving tasty Lao food, several Luang Prabang restaurants also offer you some interesting cooking classes teaching you the way to cook these dishes yourself. The restaurants provide all ingredients for recipes that students cook and then enjoy them as a meal while classes cover Lao cuisine and its unique cultural influences. An amazing visit to a local food market, where you can know more about the local ingredients and the way to select them is included in daytime classes while evening classes, which are shorter, lack this component. A dozen of students are the largest number of students in these classes. Depending on the length of the class and the school, the classes cost between 160,000 kip and 285,000 kip. The most popular choice is Tamarind Restaurant and Cooking School.