Luang Prabang

We have been relaxing for the past week with chocolate croissants, massages and ice cream in the city of Luang Prabang.  This city is shaped into a peninsula by the Mekong on the west side and the Mae Kok river on the east.  There are an abundance of monks and temples throughout the city as well as French boutiques.  Unfortunately in the past four years, this city seems to have gone from relatively unknown (and affordable) to a popular European tourist destination.  The kind of tourists the come tend to be wealthy and have pushed the prices of food and accommodation up by 250% in a very short period of time.  We’ve still managed to find a guesthouse within our budget but will be taking off as soon as we know whether we can get our visa for Vietnam here (and head north) or if we need to head south to the capital city, Vientiane.