I flew on a direct AA flight from KL to Luang Prabang and arrived in the morning in late January. It was close to 15 Degrees Celsius and based from my understanding, the months of November - January is the perfect time to visit Luang Prabang. I stayed at Vongprachan Guesthouse which takes less than 10 mins of walking to the main town. It's quiet and the 8-bed mixed dorm (with attached bathroom) is spacious. 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 breakfast.
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 has an entrance fee. So be prepared to keep some loose change with you.
I hung out at Utopia Lounge in the afternoon and mingled around. Great place to relax with a view of the river. I was told that Mt. Phousi is a good 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
Had my dinner at the Night Market and got myself an all-you-can-eat buffet meals for 15,000 KIP. Bear in mind that the meals are vegan and if you fancy having barbecued fish/meat, they're priced separately. Don't forget to treat yourself to an iced-cold bottle of Laos beer!
I can't remember how much does it cost to cross the bamboo bridge but do have some small change with you. Purpose of the fee is for the re-building of the bridge as it is dismantled during the rainy season. I went there in the morning, soaked up the sunshine by the river for a solid half an hour. Trust me, the river and its surroundings are surprisingly clean so do take some time to relax there. If you fancy getting tan, hang there in the afternoon with the other travelers ;D
Before taking a river cruise, DO talk business with the boatman before starting the journey. Once finalized, pay him right away. I know this may sound silly but take a picture of yourself giving the money to him. But just to be on the safe side, just do it. I did a mistake negotiating a fairly good deal and didn't pay him beforehand. When I wanted to pay him when we got back, he gave me a different price and mentioned that it was never finalized by him.
Despite being upset with the boatman, I moved on and hung out by the river with some locals and waited to watch the sunset :D
Had my dinner again at the Night Market but passed the vegan buffet and opted for a barbecued fish and a delicious pastry for dessert.
Wake up at 5.30 in the morning so you could witness the Buddhist alms giving ceremony at the main street of the town. 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 15K Kip and this time around, it was 20K Kip with an additional 10K 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.