Luang Prabang is set at the confluence of two rivers (Mekong and Nam Khan) that almost surround the town, and against a backdrop of green and rugged mountains. The city is well known for its numerous Buddhist temples and monasteries, and there is a temple-topped hill right in the middle of it. Luang Prabang reminded me immediately of Hoi An in Vietnam, a town with a similar atmospheric and charming personality.
I mainly used my time in Laos to relax and reflect on the last weeks, which have been quite busy. Nonetheless, I did some temple sightseeing and a day trip to Kuang Si Falls, a pretty amazing multi-stage waterfall about an hour's drive out of town. Also, every morning at dawn, hundreds of monks from the various monasteries in Luang Prabang walk through the streets collecting alms of rice from locals and nowadays also tourists.