Luang Prabang is a lovely city, a beautiful mix of laidback Laos traditions and remnants of past French-colonial elegance. It took us a day to walk around the entire city and explore the mountain, its temples and characterisitic back streets.
There was a short climb to the temple on the summit of Mt. Phusi…
… and visited a unique little cafe with admirable roots in the surrounding communities (the coffee smelt like chocolate).
A difficult but short climb by the side of the waterfall led us to the top, where fairy pools swirled towards the edge and wooden swings hung from the canopy of knarled, characterful trees.
(One of many French cafes on the high street, which also sold delicious bread and cakes worthy of Paris)
(Our hostel was cute but also right next to a temple that held a 3-day festival with continuous chanting and drums throughout our stay.)