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Luang Prabang in Laos: The most relaxed city in Southeast Asia

I don’t know what it was. I, who was quite carried away from a 24-hour trip from Berlin to Luang Prabang in northern Laos, or the city itself, still on the ropes from the Buddhist New Year celebrations two weeks earlier. Luang Prabang was so incredibly quiet and calm, sleepy, yet relaxed. I had not expected this calm. And it was hot. Incredibly hot.

View from top of Mount Phousi, Luang Prabang, Lao

Was this something the tranquility of Luang Prabang that I had read and heard so much about before? I have rarely experienced a place that radiates so much relaxation. It felt as if I had landed from busy Berlin straight into another dimension, where there is a completely different concept of time – it didn’t seem important here at all.

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Haw Pha Bang temple, National Museum, Luang Prabang, Lao

Luang Prabang: The beginning of a journey through Laos

No rush, no hurry. Just a small, pretty place, in the middle of nowhere, on the peaceful flowing Mekong River. Full of the most beautiful Buddhist temples, at the very end of the world. Luang Prabang was definitely the right place to start a journey through Laos.

Golden buddha under umbrella in temple in Luang Prabang, Lao

I could have easily spent two weeks in Luang Prabang, just relaxing. Unfortunately, I did not have quite so much time, but I swore to myself: Someday I’ll be back, and then I’ll rent one of the great accommodations in Luang Prabang and just do nothing but enjoy.

If you’re also looking for a nice place to stay in Luang Prabang, check out booking.com*, they always have the best prices in Southeast Asia – it’s always my first choice there when looking for hotels!


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