Photo Essay: The Streets of Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang is one of those places that I can just keep returning to over and over again. When I first visited the city a couple of years ago, I was absolutely pulled in by its old town. The picturesque little streets lined with a mix of old French and Asian style buildings made for a perfect scene, while the city’s laid back atmosphere and cafe culture made me feel relaxed and at home. The cultural heart of Laos, Luang Prabang’s streets are also home to too many Buddhist temples to count, while saffron robed monks wander along under umbrellas to protect them from the hot sun.

Luang Prabang is the sort of place where I can just wander around aimlessly, marveling at the architecture and sights and enjoying the local people and culture. Β My favourite thing to do in the city is to just walk along its streets. I can do this for days and not get sick of it.

In today’s post, I’d like to share some of my photos of Luang Prabang’s streets from my recent visit to the city. I hope that they will make you want to travel to Luang Prabang and see for yourself why I love this interesting city so much.

A cafe in Luang Prabang, Laos

A cafe along the main street in Luang Prabang

Street corner in Luang Prabang, Laos

An old house on a street corner

Handicraft Night Market in Luang Prabang, Laos

Wandering through the handicraft night market

Fancy restaurant in Luang Prabang, Laos

A fancy restaurant in a beautiful old building

Main street in Luang Prabang, Laos

A very quiet main street in Luang Prabang

Beautiful old house in Luang Prabang, Laos

A beautiful old historic house

A man peddling his fruit car in Luang Prabang, Laost

A man peddles his fruit cart along the street

Old shopfronts in Luang Prabang, Laos

Rustic old shopfronts, Luang Prabang

Tourists wander the main street in Luang Prabang, Laos

Tourists explore the old town, Luang Prabang

A man on his motorcycle cart travels past some old wooden shopfronts in Luang Prabang, Laos

A man on his motorcycle cart travels past some old wooden shopfronts

Old wooden houses and modern cars in Luang Prabang, Laos

Old wooden houses and modern cars – contrast between old and new along a quiet street in Luang Prabang

Rustic housefront in Luang Prabang, Laos

A rustic housefront, Luang Prabang

Our quiet alley in Luang Prabang, Laos

The quiet alley that we called home while in Luang Prabang. Our guesthouse is just on the left in an old wooden house.

Picturesque restaurant in Luang Prabang, Laos

Another restaurant in another beautiful old building

A picturesque street corner in Luang Prabang, Laos

A picturesque street corner in Luang Prabang. I can never get sick of this place.

Well? Do you want to pack your bags right now and head to Luang Prabang? I know I do already πŸ˜‰

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11 comments… add one
  • Jen Mar 31, 2014

    Great shots Dean! I have read so much about Luang Prabang lately I totally need to get there soon.

    • Dean Wickham May 2, 2014

      You definitely do need to get there, Jen. Luang Prabang is very special place πŸ™‚

  • Wandering aimlessly is my favorite activity

  • Deb May 7, 2014

    It’s been a long time since we’ve been to Luang Prabang. It actually doesn’t look like it has changed much since 2004. However I am sure that it has. Mind you, back then it was a popular destination so it already had a decent infrastructure. Looks as beautiful as ever. .

    • Dean Wickham May 17, 2014

      Hi Deb. Luckily, the old town can’t really be changed since it is a UNESCO world heritage site. So all those old buildings will always be there πŸ™‚ It’s probably just a bit busier than it was back in 2004.

  • Gorgeous photos! What a cute town–I can see why you love it there. Your photos really make me want to visit! I love the photos of the old wooden homes πŸ™‚

    • Dean Wickham May 17, 2014

      Hi Jenna. Luang Prabang is like a photographer’s heaven πŸ˜‰ Thanks for checking out my photos.

  • An May 8, 2014

    Stunning!!! I love these photos so much. It’s tranquil and beautiful.
    I’ve been here a year ago and definitely in love with Luang Prabang. I love to walk through all the small path in town where has some small souvenir shops or walk alog the riverside to see the daily rhythm of life on the Mekong river.

    • Dean Wickham May 17, 2014

      Hi An. I agree. Luang Prabang is a fantastic place to just wander around. Glad you liked the photos. Cheers

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