Luang Prabang – ‘The times they are (probably) a changing’
The old town in Luang Prabang is not only a UNESCO World Heritage site but also one of the more relaxed places that we have visited in South East Asia. There are plenty of visitors, but at this point in time, they are not of the density encountered elsewhere. As a bonus, tourist buses are not allowed in the old town and the local traffic is very moderate and travels at a far more sedate pace. The city is easily covered on foot or by using the free bikes that most accommodation places offer.
The food is extremely good and we are yet to encounter an establishment that we would not return too. We look forward to our evening culinary expeditions and the new and delicious dishes that we will get to taste.
However, on the last stage of our cruise to Luang Prabang we passed under the new high speed rail link between China and ultimately Bangkok. Due to be opened in 2021 it will make Luang Prabang extremely accessible to the growing army of tourists from China. In the process, I suspect that the very features that had made Luang Prabang such a great destination for us, will be lost.