Lives in Siem Reap, Cambodia
Since Apr. 2009
25-34 year old male
I instantly fell in love with South-East Asia and its people when I first travelled around Asia in 2003. The history, culture and the people make Asia a fascinating and magical destination. I now run a specialist Asian Travel Company called 'See Asia Differently' as well as ‘Gibbon Spotting Cambodia’. Our experiences are all about you and we offer tailor-made and packaged holidays to Asia; allowing our visitors to experience the true Asia. South East Asia is extraordinary captivating and offers its visitors a wealth of experiences and diversity that I believe no other area of the world can offer. It has something for everyone, from the adventurer, wildlife and beach lover or the 'tomb raider' and is also fabulous for families. I do hope that you like the places that I have suggested and the Tips that I have given to assist you in getting the most out of your personal adventure to Asia. Happy Travels from all of us at www.SeeAsiaDifferently.com
Points of Interest & Landmarks
Farmers Markets, Flea & Street Markets
Architectural Buildings, Sacred & Religious Sites
Points of Interest & Landmarks
Bridges, Points of Interest & Landmarks
Flea & Street Markets
The ceremony at Tak Bat is a daily event and worth getting up early for. This touching ritual is part of the monks' daily routine in which they receive food from the locals to feed them for the day. However, please be respectful of this ceremony; this is real-life, not a photo shoot, and I am personally against visitors participating unless they are Buddhist.
There are many interesting things to see here without the overpowering smells that often characterize other Asian markets; instead all of the produce on offer here is remarkably fresh. The many fried and dry snacks make for very tasty treats that you can nibble on as you explore the different stalls. It's easy to amble alone, or take a local guide if you want to know more about all the exotic types of fruit and vegetables on offer.
A visit to the Royal Palace is highly recommended! The palace is situated in the heart of town and offers visitors the chance to better understand the life and history of the Laos Royal Family. A guide is recommended to unearth some fascinating stories as you explore this beautiful building. The colored mosaic glass stuck to the walls with rice glue is incredible and unexpected, and don't miss the last room where gifts presented to the Royals over the years make for a fascinating display.
Golden City is a beautifully decorated 'wat' (monastery temple) both inside and out, with stunningly painted interior walls and colorful mosaic glass decorating its exterior. The number one must-see temple in Lunang Prabang!
A stroll around the old quarter under your own steam is both relaxing and extremely insightful. While many tourists stick close to the river, there is so much daily life to see by journeying deeper into this area's backstreets. A good place to start is by walking down Kounxoau Road that runs pretty much down the middle, and then go where ever your senses take you.
If you want to get out of the urban center and explore a little further afield, there are two Bamboo Bridges in town, and taking either one of these will lead you out into the Lao countryside. For a glimpse of normal life in the country, simply walk across and explore. Even more ground can be covered via bicycle, and though bikes can be taken across without a problem, be warned that there are some steps and a small hill that you will have to carry your bikes up and down.
A wonderful little museum funded by Fair Trade Laos, head here to learn all about Laos' ethnic culture and traditional handicrafts. The fantastic onsite shop also supports over 600 rural ethnic artisans and is a great place to buy authentic handmade goods.
Mount Phousi is a perfect end to any day in Luang Prabang. Your climb to the top will be rewarded with great views of the town, and shows you just how small the center actually is. The perfect vantage point for planning your next meander through the town’s streets. Actually scrap that; just go and enjoy getting lost!
Not to be missed — and literally can’t be missed, since it takes over the main street from 5pm each night — the Night Market features some really lovely handicrafts and prints on rice paper among its goodies. There are also tee shirts galore and bedtime slippers — what more could you ask for?! Despite the covered walkways not being ideal for those over six feet tall, they make the market particularly enjoyable because you can look and touch without being pounced on by the market vendors to buy something.
In this town of early to bed early to rise there are not too many options after dark. This bowling alley is only a 10 minute tuk-tuk ride out of town, and even if bowling is not your thing, it is the one place where you are guaranteed to be able to carry on the party.