It’s only a short boat ride across the Mekong River from Luang Prabang to Chomphet yet you will feel like you’ve stepped into another world. Here you will find villagers cooking on open fires outside their homes, roosters running around and children playing in the forest. You’ll also find ancient temples and a magnificent waterfall…as well as an unexpected adrenalin rush! Do you need anymore convincing to visit Chomphet?
1. Ancient temples
Wat Long Khoun used to be the place where Lao princes would go to meditate for seven days before ascending to the throne. It’s also where you’ll find two rather menacing Chinese figures that were painted either side of the temple’s front door in order to protect Chinese troops who slept inside Wat Long Khoun during their invasion of Luang Prabang in 1890.
2. Pottery village
You will find Ban Chan just 4 kilometres from the boat pier at Chomphet, which makes it an easy bike ride away. Alternatively you can hire a private boat from Luang Prabang to take you directly to the village. If you want to make your own clay pot, there are tour companies in Luang Prabang that can arrange a lesson on site for you.
3. Adrenalin rush
4. A different point of view
If you only have a short time in Luang Prabang and you want to see the ‘real’ way of life, we highly recommend taking a trip to Chomphet. And if you have some money to spare – please spend it on a bowl of noodle soup, a piece of handmade pottery or a bottle of water to help the local economy.
5. Hoi Khua Waterfall
There is a local legend about this waterfall. A long time ago soldiers came to take over a village near Hoi Khua Waterfall. Fearing the soldiers, the local people went to hide inside the cave behind the flowing water. For many days they sought shelter inside the hollow but soon the soldiers started to hear voices in the cave so they got a very large boulder and blocked the entrance. According to the tale, 100 families died inside the cave and the location of their bodies and the entrance remains a mystery to this day.
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