Since 2011, after its international airport was renovated, Luang Prabang has become a tourist hot spot. Its charm lies in the heavily influenced French colonial buildings and the iconic Mekong river.
It was the capital of the first Lao kingdom in 1353 and was thriving until it became weak militarily during the 16th century, after which the French rose to the occasion to protect it. It was the beginning of the French colonization.
The French Influence
By 1898, Laos became integrated into to the French Indochina and although Laos wasn’t developed as much as Cambodia or Vietnam, there are quite a few prominently French influenced architectures that add its unique charm. The trend evolved and there were hybrids like villas that adopted a European-style but were built on stilts and so on. The crumbling houses were restored after UNESCO got involved and to this date, good care is being given to maintaining the significance of the city,
This is where most of the colonial houses were built and therefore, the best way to explore and indulge in this charm is to go on a Mekong River cruise. One of the most sought-after cruise packages is the one organised by Mekong Kingdoms.
Sunset on the riverfront
After the cruise or your stroll along the river bank, choose from the many restaurants within the vicinity and grab a good spot from which you can enjoy your meal while watching the sunset; an ethereal experience.
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