Why did we choose to visit Luang Prabang, Laos? For starters, it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site, celebrated for its “unique and ‘remarkably’ well preserved architectural, religious and cultural heritage….”
It seems many travelers only stay a few days, which seems to be how many people travel these days. We weren’t interested in going to the effort and expense of traveling so far, and to such an amazing place, only to pack our bags and move again in a few days. The question we always ask ourselves: how many days would keep us interested?
We started by looking at online sites for “best things to do in Luang Prabang.” We consulted with Cliff and Ruth, our travel companions while we’re in Laos, and it was decided that 15 days would be perfect. That’s about 10+ more days than most people seem to stay. We crossed our fingers and hoped it was not too long.
We compiled our own list of all the appealing things others had done, knowing that when we arrived we’d discover our own activities to add to the list. No matter how much research we did, we always made discoveries that could not be found exactly as we expected from a guidebook.
Every day began and ended on the bamboo bridge that we used to cross the Nam Khan River, going from our hotel into the town center.
One wonderful discovery for us was the strong emphasis on arts and crafts in Luang Prabang. Our day-long dyeing and weaving workshop at Ock Pop Tuk was just a starter.
It didn’t take long to realize that there’s a lot to see in Luang Prabang, and 15 days may not be long enough.