Bee in DC’s second guest blogger post, from the lovely and fabulous Meg. My dear travel buddy.
The Bee asked me to write this guest post last week and I hesitantly committed – I’m not a blogger, but I couldn’t refuse one of my besties… I agonized over what I could possibly say about Luang Prabang. I had total writer’s block, but a classmate of mine helped inspire me. I grabbed beers with classmates on Saturday when, somewhat fortuitously, the topic turned to travel. Someone asked me what my favorite place I’ve ever traveled to was. My answer was automatic. Laos. I didn’t even have to think about it – there was no hesitation or second guessing. After that, I knew I could write this post.
I am extremely lucky to have been to such a magical place as Luang Prabang and I owe it all to the Bee. I became friends with her when I first moved to D.C. in the summer of 2007. We had known each other for about 6 months – long enough for her to discover my geeky interest in Communist revolutions and the war in Vietnam – when she invited me on her family vacation to Southeast Asia. Such is the Bee…a loving friend and true adventurer.
After a two-day cruise on a family boat down the Mekong River, we arrived in Luang Prabang. This ancient royal city is sure to charm everyone who visits. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage site, which means buses and trucks aren’t allowed on the city roads (so you only have to beware the crazy pedi bikes) keeping it quiet and adding to its mysterious allure.
Not only is the city full of gems to visit and markets to explore, the area surrounding Luang Prabang is absolutely picturesque and provides for some fun outdoor adventures.
The few days we spent there were magical. Luang Prabang will forever remain one of my favorite travel destinations. Of course the entire vacation was a once in a lifetime opportunity that I owe all to the Bee.