Bus: Vientiane>Luang Prabang-B600+B580=B1,180 (plus a free lunch voucher)
Bangkok>Kuala Lumpur - B450
Food: 81,000kip (B327)
Entrance fee: 50,000kip (B202)
Tuk-tuk: 15,000kip (B60)
Total expenses incurred: B2,629 + US$9.00=Rm303
The arduous bus journey through mountainous roads from Vientiane to Luang Prabang took a full day so by the time I checked into Xayana Guest House (US4.50 dorm), it was late evening. After a warm shower, I had a dinner in a local noodle stall and spent sometime at the Handicraft market - all within walking distance from the guest house.
3) Talat Dala, Luang Prabang oldest market - not a bad start for a morning walk to get a feel of the hustle and bustle of the place
5) Mekong river - for those who are adventurous, you may opt for a Mekong river cruise to nearby villages on the banks of Mekong or limestone caves upstream; enjoy a cup of coffee or local meal at a riverside restaurant
6) French colonial buildings vs locally built houses alongside the Mekong river banks & down town
7) Royal Palace Museum & Haw Prabang - entrance ticket (30,000kips=B120) - shoes off and no photography, built in 1904 during the French colonial era, artifacts, gifts, art , royal portraits, elephant tusk objects etc were on display
10) Wat Visounnarath - built in 1513 and rebuilt in 1890's
After Laos, my next target is Myanmar, the last of the Asean country I yearn to see "