I flew on a direct AA flight from KL to Luang Prabang and I arrived in the morning in late January. It was close to 15 Degrees Celcius and based from my understanding, the months of November - January is the perfect time to visit Luang Prabang. It was still too early for me to check-in so I ventured out to the main town to familiarize myself with the streets and to hunt for local food.
Being in a different country, I've always reminded myself to eat the local food but I failed this time around. Spotted a cafe, Joma Bakery Cafe which has a strong influence of French patisserie. It was slightly over my budget for a breakfast but worth it :D
Continued my walk around the town. You'll be able to see heaps of pretty cafes, boutique hotels, and temples. Bear in mind that some of the temples in Luang Prabang has an entrance fee. So be prepared to keep some loose change with you.
I was told by some backpackers that Mt. Phousi is a great spot to witness the sunset. But I didn't do it because it gets crowded anyway. Decided to watch the sunset along the Mekong River the next day instead :D
Before taking a river cruise, DO take note to talk business with the boatman before starting the journey. Once finalized, pay him right away. Best still, take a picture of you giving him the money if you think it looks silly but just to be on the safe side, just do it. I did a mistake for negotiating a fairly good deal and didn't pay him beforehand. The moment I wanted to pay him when we got back, he gave me a different price and mentioned that it was never finalized by him.
With disappointment, I hung out by the river with some locals and waited to watch the sunset.
Wake up at 5.30 in the morning so you could witness the Buddhist alms giving ceremony at the main street of Luang Prabang. Head back to your room to continue your sleep if you're feeling lazy either way stay up and witness the sunrise after! Take a walk around the town and do hunt for a bowl of pho for breakfast to kick-start to a pho-bulous day! :D The cheapest bowl of pho I've had was 20K Kip and this time around, it was 25K Kip with an additional 15K Kip for a hot cuppa of Laotian coffee.
Spent my last day exploring Kuang Si Waterfall. Make a tuk-tuk arrangement to Kuang Si with your hostel/hotel because it's expensive to get one from the roadside.Takes about 40 mins by the way. Also, wear a pair of shoes if you're keen to do a little bit of hiking up to the peak to dip in the pool and bring extra clothes/towel. FYI, it is restricted to dip yourself at some part of the pool for safety reasons but I took a quick cheeky dip at the "infinity pool" and had an awesome view of the forest :)
Back at the hostel just before sunset and took a nap to rest. Didn't want to bore myself with night market food again so I end up having a Chinese meal instead at a coffee shop.