At One with Nature in Luang Prabang

A trip to Laos isn't complete until you visit rustic Luang Prabang. Situated at the confluence of the Nam Khan River and the Mekong River, this picturesque town has so much to offer. Ancient temples, French colonial architecture, bustling markets, lush jungles and scenic mountains can all be enjoyed.

We decided to save the city for another day and take in some natural wonders instead. Our first stop was Mount Phousi which was more of a hill than a mountain.



We trekked up countless stairs and reached the summit.




Misty mountains loomed in the distance. Rich forests carpeted the ground while quaint houses dotted the landscape. The water on the Mekong River rushed passed the city. Have you ever seen a river that brown before? I haven't.


When we returned to the bottom, the bf and I rented a motorbike and made the journey to the famous Kuang Si Waterfalls.


When we arrived, I was caught by surprise. The entire place was flooded!






Guess that's what we get for coming in rainy season.


Murky water raced towards us as we tried to make it up to the falls. I was scared I was going to fall in the rapids and disappear down the river!

At the end of the road, a raging waterfall awaited us.




Powerful mist splashed our faces. It was a struggle to snap a good picture without getting soaked! The walkways to get closer were completely flooded as well.

Apparently in dry season, the waterfalls look totally different. Other travellers told us the falls are usually calm, peaceful and a great place to take a dip.

Here's a picture of the Kuangsi Waterfalls in dry season.

Photo Credit: Justin Vidamo

Even though the waterfalls weren't what we were expecting, they were still cool to see. I couldn't believe how much water there was. It was just never ending waves coming down.

After, we stumbled upon the Kuang Si Falls Butterfly Park and thought what the heck, let's go in. We were greeted by our knowledgable guide who told us a ton of interesting facts about butterflies.





Marc and I had a quick tour of the park and then were free to explore on our own. We took a stroll through the garden which was full of lush flora and fauna.








Every corner we turned, colourful butterflies fluttered around us.


Marc snapped this impressive photo of a spider wheeling in its prey. He's now convinced he can be a National Geographic photographer.



When the sun started to go down, we said goodbye to the butterflies and headed towards the exit.


But I couldn't leave without saying hello to these furry friends!


Not only does the park care for butterflies, they also look after seven of these adorable ginger cats! I cuddled and played with these cuties for as long as I could.

Our journey back to town is one I'll always remember. Pristine countrysides and rustic villages passed me by. Locals herded buffalo while children played soccer barefoot on the streets. The natural beauty of Luang Prabang had me spellbound. I don't think I'll ever be ready to leave.

Melissa Li

I’m a Canadian girl on a quest to step foot in every continent before I’m 30. You’ll most likely find me chowing down on Japanese ramen, partying at a music festival, hiking to the top of a scenic lookout, cuddling with cats, or chilling out at the beach. I’ve visited over 60 countries so far and hope to inspire you to do the same.

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