Nice but overdone and overpriced

Luang Prabang Travel Blog

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The guidebooks talk Luang Prabang up to be the place to go in Laos.  The ritzy restaurants and pricey guesthouses filled with rich grey haired french people had such a different look and vibe from Luang Nam Tha that it was hard to believe we were in the same country.  The prices of guesthouses were the highest I have seen yet in SE Asia.  The options below $10 a night were very limited and there were several options for those with more expensive tastes up to ten times that.  The city is nice but it is just a city.  I thought the hype of the beauty and views were blown out of proportion.  The views from the top of the hill in the center of town were ok but nothing too amazing.  The Grand Palace museum was equally forgettable.

The only thing that I thought was really cool there other than the chocolate and banana pancakes for fifty cents was the Tat Kuang Si waterfalls.  This was my first stop at one of the multytiered aqua green waterfalls that are scattered throughout the area.  The tuk-tuk ride was cheap as was the entrance fee.  The park was very well maintained with beautiful trails and quality man bridges leading through the picturesque landscape.  There were plenty of places where you could stop for a dip but the favorite was the one with the rope swing.  This was a popular stop and most people tried the 6 m drop at least once.  Some attempted flips but only the locals pulled them off cleanly.  There are lots of shops at the park entrance so no need to bring your own lunch.  They also have an animal rehabilitation area with bears and tigers.  This is a highly recommended day trip.
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