This beautiful town in the north of Laos is not a UNESCO heritage site for nothing. The fantastic markets, delicious street food and wonderfully preserved buildings all combine in to a very serene and relaxing experience. We spent a few days here, soaking up the sights, sounds and culture of northern Laos, sad that we couldn’t stay for a whole month.
For anyone planning a trip, please take an hour or two to drop in to Big Brother Mouse, a great non-profit focused on helping build literacy skills for children. Most of their work concentrates on the Lao language, but every day the have a couple of open sessions to help children develop their English. No bookings or experience needed, just show up and chat with the kids. You might help them with their grammar, practice new words they have learned or just share stories. It costs nothing and is a great way to give something back to a place that gives tourists so much.