French tarts and temples – Luang Prabang, Laos

DSC_0823 As soon as you step on to the streets of Luang Prabang, you know you are somewhere regal and very different to the rest of Laos.  It’s not just the clean and well maintained streets, the manicured gardens, the French colonial architecture and magnificent temples.  Luang Prabang is classy, sophisticated and culturally rich – a direct legacy from being the former capital and home to the now abolished Lao Royal family.  This legacy has been cultivated and fine tuned to attract mainstream tourists and their $$’s; it became a UNESCO World heritage site in 1995.  Old colonial buildings are now converted into shi shi boutique hotels, guest houses and cafes and a newly built international airport now makes Luang Prabang the second gateway for tourists exploring Laos. Continue reading