My Trip to Luang Prabang
Beautiful, modest, quiet, small, cultural world heritage, while reading these words, what place is coming up into your mind? Can you guess where I am going to talk about? Let me tell you. It is Luang Prabang, a small town in northern Laos and one of the world heritage sites in Southeast Asia. I had a chance visiting Luang Prabang last year with my family, and I was so impressed with it. Luang Prabang trip gave me a lot of memorable experiences.
While I was in a boat cruising in Khong River to Luang Prabang city, the beautiful scenery along the route was the first memorable natural scenery I had never seen before. There were a lot of enormous green mountains along the river side. The sand on the bank was yellow white like lemon whipped cream. Along the way, it was so quite that I cannot hear anything except the sound of working outboard motors. It was like I was cruising through rain forest along Amazon River. But when the boat reached Luang Prabang border, I looked straight over and was amazed by what I saw. It was a light white fog appearing in front of the boat before we went through it and came in Luang Prabang region. It felt like I had crossed Doraemon’s dimentional door from another world to Luang Prabang. Besides the river route, the beautiful view also is found in the town, especially the tourist attraction. If you want to see the whole of Luang Prabang, I recommend Mount Phousi. Before I went there, I had to prepare my legs because I had to climb 328 steps to get to the top of the mount, but it was worth the climb when I saw the almost 360 degree views of Luang Prabang. I also could see two rivers combined from the top view here. At that time, I realized the meaning of the famous quotes; picture is worth a thousand words.
Apart from the beautiful scenery, modest living in Luang Prabang is also my memorable experiences. When I was in Luang Prabang, I did same as people in Luang Prabang did. In the morning, I had to wake up early to prepare sticky rice for morning almsgiving. The morning monks round is one of a living Buddhist tradition for the people of Luang Prabang and it has become a major tourist attraction already. In the evening, there was a night market. A kilometre-long stretch of road was closed to vehicle traffic and turned into a walking and shopping street. I did not sell anything. I just wandered around and bought some hand-made products e.g. bags, wallet. At night, I went to the night club with my parents. I was so surprised with how modest the night club was. The music was so traditional. The teenagers danced along the music together, but in the form of local Laos dance, and the most surprising is the club would be closed at 11 p.m. It reflected a modest life style, and was so different from chaotic night club in Bangkok.
Luang Prabang is an unforgettable place for me because I have got much worth experiences from visiting there, which are seeing gorgeous scenery and following modest living in Luang Prabang. This is the trip that I will never ever forget and if there is any chance for me to go back to Luang Prabang again, I will absolutely say yes!
Edited by Om