People Watching at the Bamboo Bridge in Luang Prabang

“[T]he silent wilderness surrounding this cleared speck on the earth struck me as something great and invincible, like evil or truth, waiting patiently for the passing away of this fantastic invasion.”
– Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness

I gave myself plenty of time to wander around the touristy area of Luang Prabang — the section of town full of redeveloped houses turned to hotels and surrounded by rivers. On my first day, I wandered to edge of town to the bamboo bridge — I thought it’d at least provide a view for sunset.

Bamboo Bridge Luang Prabang
Walking down to the Bamboo Bridge

As I discovered, the opposite side of the bridge has the sunset view and there was a toll to walk across the bamboo bridge. Not wanting to pay the $1.50 toll, I walked along the rocky shore at the confluence of the Mekong River and Nam Khan River and watched the mix of locals and tourists.

bamboo bridge luang prabang

To get to the bridge, I had to climb down a cliff with a semi-maintained path. The walk down was worthwhile as the views of the rivers and mountains surrounding the area are beautiful.luang prabang

While standing around in the shade, contemplating the bridge toll, I watched two novice monks walk in my direction — I only realized it was two as they approached because the second younger monk was hidden from view behind the one in front.monks luang prabang

It was a peaceful scene to enjoy before wandering through Luang Prabang in search of dinner (or multiple smaller meals) and a possible tour option for the following day to Pak Ou Cave and Kuang Si waterfall.

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