I immediately liked the laid back impression of this little town. No people to sell me stuff. No people asking me to avail tour packages. I stayed two nights at Khounsavan Guesthouse for $5/night including simple breakfast. The hostel has a whole bunch of backpackers but it has a good vibe. I guess the garden upfront helps.
The lady who’s managing the guesthouse was awesome. She was funny and always energetic. Indeed worth to stay here. The guesthouse is like 3-5 minutes walk to the night market.
Traveling by land surely drained my energy so I was just in lazy mode during my stay here in Luang Prabang. I went to Phousy Temple on my first day to watch the sunset. It was a long way up and the entrance fee was 20,000 KIP but I’d say definitely worth it.
The night market was all set up when I went down.
I found this plate buffet for 10,000 KIP. All vegetarian food and it was good.
On my second day, I went with one Chinese, one Taiwanese and one Korean who were all staying in the same guesthouse to the Big Brother Mouse. This is a little bookstore and where all Lao people come to practice their English. I spent two hours talking to a Novice which I enjoyed a lot.
Later in the day, I was invited by Spanish and English guys to go watch “The Butler” at L’Etranger Books & Tea. They have a big screen in a cozy place where they screen movies at certain times for free but you have to order food.
After 2 nights and 2 days in Luang Prabang I decided to go to Nong Khiaw which is further up north. The van left at 9am and it took us 4 hours. The fare was 70,000 KIP.