By Kilian Idsinga - February 24, 2015
Luang Prabang, the former capital of Laos was placed on the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1995, and crumbling timber houses and colonial mansions have been sensitively restored and transformed into immaculate guesthouses and boutique hotels.
We called this charming village our home for almost a week and it's set against a backdrop of verdant greenery, rugged mountains and the Mekong River, which acts as a natural highway. It's a wonderful patchwork of traditional Lao wooden houses and hints of European architecture, reminders of when Laos was part of the French colony of Indochine.
The relaxing atmosphere during the day, changes when the night market is taking shape. Especially one alley, starting off from the main street undergoes a dramatic transformation. Quiet and charming during the day, it’s busy and somewhat overwhelming, with the most amazing people and street food at night. A must-visit to get a sense of Luang Prabang!
Tip: have a light lunch before going out for dinner in this part of town, and do try the grilled Mekong fish, stuffed with lemongrass!
All images courtesy of Kilian Idsinga, traveler, designer, and founder of Let's Explore Magazine.