Luang Prabang was pretty cool. We spent 3 days there and wouldn't have minded staying longer. It was clean and well laid out. Food choices were broad and high quality, not to mention tasty. There was definitely a tourist oriented feel to the area we were in and in fact it felt a bit like a resort.
The Sokdee Guesthouse was clean, friendly and affordable. Well situated too with the Mekong very close and the night market and other things to do nearby. A coffee shop that wouldn't look out of place in False Creek or West Vancouver was steps away, and it had coffee quality to match the decor.
The night market went on for blocks along a main street 2 blocks up. We went through it at least twice, finding a few things we liked in the art and craft departments and also sucked back a few fruit shakes, sticky rice snacks and a crepe. We also found a great bakery and bought ginger cakes, mango and pumpkin ones too. Not to mention if course buying some Lao Larb and other local food.
Stores here often looked a bit high priced and we only really shopped in the market except for a bracelet or 2 Linda bought. We tried to find a mobile store to get a SIM card but eventually bought one from a guy who had them stored under the seat of his motorbike. Bad idea; it worked for only 1 day, not the 30 it should have. Eventually we found a slew of stores but it was too late at that point.
Next: Kuang Si falls.