Cities Covered in 3 Days
- Luang Prabang
Vientiane is the bustling yet languid capital city of Laos. This former French trading post used to be a sleepy capital of a sleepy country, but Laos has started reaching out to tourism slowly, so Vientiane has come under the limelight. Its riverside location makes it a relaxing place for tourists to enjoy the sunset over the river. But we had only few hours to explore the city before we leave the country.
Luang Prabang is the former capital of Laos and now an UNESCO World Heritage City. The city is beautifully laid out at the confluence of two rivers – the Mekong and the Khan. Walking around the streets of this city is itself an experience. The city has a French Indochinese architecture. It is embedded with beautiful Theravada Budhhist temples, and a magical atmosphere with palm-lined riverbanks, terracotta roofs, wooden name hoardings for every hotel and temples, and saffron-robed monks – all come together to form a picture postcard.
Not many people are aware of Laos as a country – many do not even know the name. I was surprised to look at pictures of few of its places over the Internet, and did not waste much time deciding to visit this beautiful less touristy country. I had only 3 days to explore the country and I have planned to make the best of it – hope you enjoy reading it!