From Vang Vieng, I was fetched in my hotel by a pickup truck to the bus terminal outside of town across the highway. An air-conditioned van was waiting for us to take us to a 2.5-hour land travel along the northern mountains of Laos.
This was a very scenic drive and had one stop-over in a restaurant on top of a hill.
Where to stay overnight in Luang Prabang Laos
We were dropped in a terminal outside of the town proper of Luang Prabang. You can rent a tuk tuk to your accommodation. This was about 15 minutes away from the town.
After a very disappointing experience trying to check-in in with Nam Songsai Eco Lodge, I decided to go to town via tuk tuk and find a backpacker’s hostel. Lemon Lao Backpackers (aka Spicy Laos Backpackers) is always open for those who are wandering the streets of Luang Prabang looking for a place to stay.
All in all, what I can say about Lemon Lao was that it was very cheap and centrally located hostel. I also asked the owner to book me an overnight bus from Luang Prabang to Vientiane. This bus line is mostly being used by the locals.
Other accommodations you can check out in historical Luang Prabang:
Night Market of Luang Prabang
After dinner, you can always check Luang Prabang Night Market along Sakkaline Road.
The goods here are not as cheap compared to other places. But nonetheless it was a sight itself. I bought some souvenirs here and also eaten some local noodles before going back to the hostel.
A little hike at Mount Phousi
The old town of Luang Prabang is just small. Before climbing up Mount Phousi I visited first the Royal Palace complex. Haw Pha Bang near the entrance is a very picturesque temple. I decided not to enter the Royal Palace itself. I want to save some cash and time. However you can still roam around the complex for free.
After roaming the Royal Palace, I crossed the street and climb the stairs towards the ticket booth for Mount Phousi. Prepare to do some walking/hiking and climb some flight of stairs.
Mount Phousi’s connection to Buddha is really obvious in this sacred mountain.
At the top, you will be rewarded with a 360 degree view of the whole of Luang Prabang plus the Mekong River and the Nam Khan River.
There are set of depictions, sculptures and Buddhist murals when you go down the mountain. Souvenir stores are also plenty. I exited in the Wat Siphoutthabath where you can see some local monks.
Walking along the Mekong River
Of course I will not miss the chance to see the Mekong River. I passed by the local market and was delighted to see some weird stuff being sold like frogs!
When I was already along the Mekong River, I was able to find a stair leading to the river bank. This is where the locals are alighting from the boats when they are crossing the river.
After this I needed to go back to the hostel since I need to fix my things and prepare for my journey back to Vientiane. My Kuala Lumpur flight will be early morning the next day. If everything will go into plan, I have about 2-3 hours to spend in the airport.