A book exchange in a tiny alley by the Royal Palace. Enjoy perusing the shelves filled with books that have travelled as much as those looking for a new read. After selling your used and buying your new, retire to the bean bags in the upstairs snug cinema where you can lounge with the Laotian teen staff while supping on chai and chips. A welcome retreat from the weeks of rice based meals.
Ban Xieng Mouane Old Town, opposite the eastern wing of the Royal Palace.
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Superb place for breakfast. I notice that one of the owners is a westerner: if he's not Australian, I'd be very surprised, because this place has a really Sydney feel about it. Decent coffee, papers from Bangkok to read, and a 'hang around as long as you like' vibe. Don't leave without trying the Bagel Egger: it'll set you up good for a day of cycling around temples.
Th Chao Fa Ngun (in the centre, and Luang Prabang is small, so you'll find it easily);
tel: 071 252292
A cafe/bar/bookshop on the street at the foot of Wat Phu Sii (east side, away from the Mekong). As well as swapping your books they have a vast range of back issues of National Geographic you can browse over your tea or coffee.
Thanon Latsavong, Luang Prabang
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