Coffee, Croissants & Monks: Hello Luang Prabang

Arrived in Luang Prabang yesterday & it is a nice respite from the chaos of Thailand. Luang Prabang is the former royal capitol of Laos and although the French occupied Luang Prabang for less than 100 years, their imprint on society remains. French cafes serving cafe au laits & baguettes line the streets, colonial architecture is juxtaposed with Buddhist Wats, and monks swathed in marigold robes wander among us.

Luang Prabang is located in Northern Laos & is situated between the Mekong & Nam Khan rivers. The mountains & river provide a lush backdrop to the city, which became a UNESCO heritage site in 1995.

I don’t know how much time I’ll spend here. Despite the hoards of tourists,(Well heeled German & French, mostly) I could see myself settling in for a nice long visit……..  AND there is all the Beer Lao I can drink,  so what’s not to love? Here’s what I discovered on my brief stroll today

Even the tuk tuks have charm

My room at the Phousi guest house

Nam Khan River

Ubiquitous Bicycle Rentals

These are drying racks with some sort of cracker on them. They look like pappadums. I dubbed It "cracker alley"

Stupas on the wat grounds

No longer the Indochina of Somerset Maugham


About Miss Q

I am a travel obsessed foodie, with an inexplicable love of clamato, elvis costello & the unknown
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8 Responses to Coffee, Croissants & Monks: Hello Luang Prabang

  1. Wendy says:

    I want one of those limeades!

  2. susan schultz says:

    What happened to the i pad? Love the elephant post the 2nd not the 1st. The first was horrible and should have had a warning. What are you going to post next drowning Pandas? I forwarded it to the kids and they loved it too, #2 that is. You have missed nothing in Portland except the new Portlandia show on Independent Film Network, see if you can find it to reconnect with us. Talk to you soon. Chantal

    • Miss Q says:

      There was a warning. complete with asterisk so as to make it official looking and all. Ipad didn’t have all the functionality of the mac air. this baby is sweeeeet. you should bring the kids to ENP, there were 2 families there with 3 kids each. The kids had a blast.

  3. seeharhed says:

    I miss LPB.. I miss the foods and people. Enjoy your stays.

  4. Jenny says:

    This looks gorgeous. My preconceptions are being shattered! Where is the grinding poverty, dirt, and bugs?

    If you want a taste of home, many of the skits from the first episode of Portlandia are on for free. Also on

    Safe travels!

  5. Jenny says:

    Tom wants to know what kind of camera you are using. The pictures are really quite wonderful!

  6. karen z says:

    love your website blog. boy i dont even know you but i definitely want to be a groupie! wouldnt it be wonderful to visit all UNESCO world heritage sites in the world? have fun hanging in cracker alley. lol

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