• MY FAVOURITE TEMPLE IN LUANG PRABANG

    A good friend recently asked me what my favourite temple in Luang Prabang was. I had to think for a moment (because I could not remember the name) but then I told him and sent him a photo of it. Well, with all the hype going on in Social Media sites I am certainly not going to reveal my favourite places here, but Vat Xieng Thong comes pretty close to being one of my favourites! It is certainly the most significant and finest example of a Lao temple. It is worth to visit Vat Xieg Thong at various times a day, even though visitors have to pay an entrance fee.…

  • THE TEMPLES OF LUANG PRABANG

    Temples…temples…temples! And while most tourists actually think „another temple?“, I myself can never get enough!  On this trip I placed my hotel strategically close to the temples, so I can do walks up and down the streets of Luang Prabang at various times of the day. It was also rainy season, so I never really wanted to get too far from my hotel, depending on where the next shower would show up on the weather radar screen.  Having been in Luang Prabang a few times and for many days, I kept my walks pretty much open end and just strolled into a temple that looked inviting along the way. Due…

  • PHOUSI MOUNTAIN AND TEMPLES

    Phousi Mountain in Luang Prabang is where every tourist goes to watch the sunset. I have done that too in my first two trips to Luang Prabang and enjoyed the view on my first trip many years ago, despite the tourists. It was still an enjoyable experience and the sunset was awesome! On my second visit I came with 10 monks whom I took on a trip for a few weeks. Visiting Phousi Mountain was the end of a great day trip and we wanted to see the sunset before we headed back. My group of orange clad friends visibly stood out of the underdressed western tourists heading up the…

  • MORNING ALMS ROUND LUANG PRABANG

    My first alms round in Luang Prabang is a fond memory which I will always keep in a special place in my heart!  The monks came out of nowhere in the morning dust. It was almost still dark and suddenly you saw this line of orange dressed monks walking down the street in total silence. Local people gave alms and very few tourists stood in the distance watching this surreal scene like a movie you don’t want to end! That was a few years back on my first trip to Luang Prabang and something I was looking forward to experience again on this trip! Actually one of the reasons why…

  • THE APSARA LUANG PRABANG

    My third trip to Luang Prabang and as during the first two trips, finding a Hotel was challenging. There are plenty of Hotels! Actually too many! From walking around town this trip, I had the feeling that every secular building was either a hotel or a restraurant. But finally I decided to stay at the Apsara Hotel by the Nam Khan river which promised a quiet stay off the main tourist road AND it obviously had a nice restaurant with great reviews!  Last time I had stayed at a different Hotel at the start of the night market and it turned out too noisy (open stairways and banging doors) and…

  • HALF-DAY TRIP FROM VIENTIANE

    Though we have visited the Buddha Park outside of Vientiane twice before we keep going back to it. It is a nice place for monks or groups of monks to visit. One of the few places you can take monks to without running into too many tourists and namely female tourists which pose a problem for the monks since they cannot be too close to females. Laos is not as strict as Thailand but places with loads of tourists will usually make monks feel very uncomfortable. For this day trip, we had to stop before 12 to get some food for the monks, since they are not allowed to eat…

  • Farewell authentic Vientiane!

    Back to Vientiane again! What a change to my former visits. Construction and changes everywhere. Even my favourite restaurants were gone. It’s Pizza everywhere – well, Pizza and Western Food in general!  At least in the streets close to the Mekong and the night market the changes are very obvious. Talking to a Lao manager of a restaurant, she told me that most former owners moved out of the city and are now living outside, while their properties are being sold and changed into Hotels and Restaurants. I still found old-style Vientiane, but further out in the village parts which make up greater Vientiane.  Cafe houses and new hotels are…