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Luang Prabang

An ancient city that has been inhabited for thousands of years, Luang Prabang was once the royal capital of Laos, till 1975. It is now a vibrant and historical city of gilded temples, saffron-robed monks, lush forests and cascading waterfalls. Despite being a tourist area, it still maintains a calming and peaceful atmosphere that charms all visitors.

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Soak in the turquoise waters of Kuang Si and Tad Sae Waterfalls
The most popular destination in Luang Prabang – Kuang Si waterfall.
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This waterfall is the most beautiful waterfall in Luang Prabang, sparkling and luminous. Trek to the beginning of the Kuang Si waterfall and be amazed by its mountain spring. With their turquoise-blue water, the Kuang Si and Tad Sae Waterfalls are a show of nature’s beauty, creating a picturesque scene.

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Trek to the local villages of Luang Prabang
Trek pass lush green farmlands and forests to meet the ethnic minorities…
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where you can converse and learn about their way of life. Next head out to the whiskey village, a quaint little town where you can learn about the whiskey distillation process and the exotic ingredients used. The paper village should not be missed, specializing in products from silk and Saar paper.

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Visit the many unique Temples of Luang Prabang
A city of temples, each of these Buddhist temples are unique, with their own stories and legends…
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as well as differing ancient domestic architectures. With some distance between the temples, a little research would be necessary to know which you would like to visit on site. You should definitely not miss one of the most sacred temples in the area, Wat Xieng Thong.

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Look back in time in the Royal Palace
A little background to Laos would be the French colonization of the country from 1893 to 1953.
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Learn about the Laotian history and get an insight on the lifestyle of King Sisavang Vong back then. On top of that, look out for the colonial buildings designed and built with French and Vietnamese influence.

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Live like a local
What better way to get to know a country than to live like a local? Through homestays in local villages, cooking classes, pottery classes and living land, you would have a small taste of what being a Laotian is like. (the) Living land would give you a rare experience of farming with other locals, who are doing so as a way of life. The memorable experiences are sure to stay with you for life.
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Surprise your palate with Laos dishes and street foods
For all the foodies out there, this experience is the one for you. Sample local treats and dishes at the local market and restaurants, such as Luang Prabang coconut cake, and enjoy yourself as you learn to cook up some local dishes. In the early morning, head out to the fresh morning market to take a look at the locally produced fresh foods. You are indeed in for a treat!
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Climb the legendary Mount Phousi
Standing at 100m tall, Mount Phousi is a mystical hill backed with a legend. With temples littered about the hill and the scent of incense wafting through the air, a peaceful atmosphere settles. Take a hike up the hill to view the gorgeous sunset after paying your respects to Buddha at Wat Chom Si which is located at the top.
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Get up close and personal with Elephants
If you are animal lover, more specifically, an elephant lover, do visit some of these elephant sanctuaries. The sanctuaries Elephant Conservation Center and Mandalao both provide intimate experiences with elephants and focus on educating the public about elephants and their welfare. In fact, the Elephant Conservation Center is the first elephant hospital in Laos.
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Shop till you drop
Fancy yourself some lovely authentic Lao made souvenirs and handicrafts decorated with their traditional patterns? You will find yourself lost amongst a sea of shops and booths as you take your pick. Items range from bamboo items, clothes with natural fabrics, to cushions with traditional patterns.
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Meet the statues at the famous Buddha Cave
Otherwise known as the Pak Ou Cave, the name truly fits with countless Buddha statues lining the shelves of the Buddha Cave. Be mesmerized by the sight of statues in the cave against the river, creating a transcendent scene. The best ways to visit the cave would be to take a boat cruise or kayak along the calming river to arrive at the mouth of the cave.
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Learn about the ethnic minorities in the Ethnic museum
A small but informative museum, the Ethnic Museum in Luang Prabang is one for those who are interested in learning about the ethnic minorities in Laos. Despite its having only 3 rooms and a gift shop, the artifacts are well curated, and the rooms hold an abundance of information. There is are also fun interactive activities to take part in. +for those with limited time, specific activities.
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Enjoy the unforgettable sunset on the Mekong Cruise
Cruise through the Laos’ Mother River, the Mekong River, and appreciate the view as the river breeze brushes pass you. For the best view, head down to the river during sunset where you can watch the sun dip into the horizon, shading the sky in orange, pink, and purple.
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Catch the breathtaking views of Luang Prabang’s rivers
For those who would like to appreciate the riverside view of the Mekong River and Khan River, take a stroll, sip on a drink at one of the bars, or kayak along the river itself. These are just some of the ways to take in the panoramic view offered at the two rivers of Luang Prabang.
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Learn how to milk a Buffalo at Buffalo Dairy
Water buffalos are a common sight in Luang Prabang. Get to know more about them at the Buffalo Dairy Farm, a social enterprise that targets educating its visitors about buffalo welfare. Besides that, you can also try your hand at milking a buffalo! Treat yourself to delicious ice creams and cheese after an intimate session with the buffalos.
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Create your own handicrafts
Apart from the unique silk weaving classes, at Ok Pok Tock you can also get hands on with making use of dyes. You can also weave your own bamboo handicraft at the Bamboo Experience. You are sure to leave the centers with much more knowledge regarding handicrafts in Laos. Create your own handicrafts and have a fulfilling time!

Luang Prabang by night

Have a taste of local treats at the Night Market
The Night Market in Luang Prabang boasts numerous stalls selling many different types of items…
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from clothes to handicrafts and little trinkets. Feeling hungry amid strolling through the endless stalls? No worries, as there is a food alley located in the middle of the night market, offering all sorts of mouthwatering local dishes. It is opened from 5pm -10pm.

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A special dinner on the Mekong dinner cruise
Instead of having your dinner on land, why not do it on a boat along the Mekong river?
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An essential experience in Luang Prabang, savour local delights as you cruise through the river and enjoy the beautiful sunset on the horizon.

Spectate the traditional dance at the Royal Museum
Head over to the Royal Museum to enjoy a traditional Laos dance performance…
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as dancers perform the Laos Ramayana. Listen to the sound of crickets accompany that of the live orchestra as the show goes on, exhibiting an important part of the Luang Prabang culture as a few of the dances date back to ancient times.

Listen to the evening monk chanting sessions
Revel in the peaceful and calming atmosphere in this religious practice.
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Stand outside and peek into the temple to catch the sight of monks during their devotion time, kneeling in front of Buddha and chanting their prayers in unison. The evening chants often take place at 6pm in the evening.

When to go to Luang Prabang

There are two distinct seasons in Laos, which is the rainy season and the dry season. The rainy season is from May to October, where you can partake in some activities that are especially amazing for this season. For example, you can kayak along the rivers and enjoy the sight of lush green farmlands and fields. However, if you are looking to visit tourist spots like the Kuangsi Waterfalls for its turquoise blue water, this may not be the best period to go.

During the dry season, you can experience winter in Laos from November to February, and summer from March to April. It may drop to approximately 15 degrees during winter and can go up to the 30s in the summer, so make sure to prepare well for these temperatures.

Do take note of the festivals that would be held throughout the year. Festivals in Laos are one of a kind and should not be missed! You can join in the fun during the Boat Racing Festival, one of the biggest festivals in Laos.

The weather today in Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang
32°
Partly Cloudy
06:1318:23 +07
Feels like: 33°C
Wind: 6km/h SSW
Humidity: 41%
Pressure: 1006.8mbar
UV index: 0
Sun
min 20°C

How to get around Luang Prabang

From & To the airport
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Taxi

Take a taxi from the taxi stand located in the airport. Simply state where you are headed towards and your taxi will be arranged upon payment. A fast, simple, and efficient way of travelling after a long flight.

Private Minivan

Book a private minivan from the international airport to your accommodation. You can do so with transportation companies or tour companies.

In the city
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Walk

The central area of Luang Prabang is small enough for you to wander around its streets as you head from place to place. However, there are still places that may be too far for you to walk.

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Tuk-tuk

The friendly Tuk-tuk drivers would be more than happy to bring you around Luang Prabang and are located in many places. If there is no rate stated on the tuk-tuk, do try to bargain for a cheaper price and make sure that the driver is clear of the bargained price.

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Motorbike

Rent a motorbike at a rental shop and whizz your way through town. However, make sure that you are allowed to legally drive a motorbike in Laos and always wear a helmet before deciding on riding the motorbike.

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Bicycle

The bicycle is a lovely way to explore Luang Prabang, whereby you can cycle several kilometers between the place of interests. Not only is it a healthier way, it also allows you to stop when you want to check out a certain place or observe an event.

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Tours

Join tours where guides will bring you around Luang Prabang, feeding you with all the information you would need on the history, culture, and traditions of Luang Prabang and its people. One of the best ways to experience the city, check out the tours offered now!

Loca

Loca is the Laos’ version of Uber, the only application of its kind in Laos. Although not the best choice for long distance due to the high price, it is a very good option for those who are travelling short distances during non-peak hours.

Out of the city
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Shared/Private Minivan

Take a minivan out of Luang Prabang, to the exciting tourists spots. You can also take the minivan to a different province or city in Laos. You may grab a shared or private minivan there. You can book through transportation or tour companies.

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Bus

There are bus services, heading out of Luang Prabang to other cities and provinces, by some transportation companies. These buses area scheduled to go several times a day, so do check the schedule and prices before hand and book a ticket.

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Tuk-tuk

There are some tuk-tuks that would bring visitors to tourist spots out of Luang Prabang. These tuk-tuks may be located around the city, or under some transportation companies.

What to eat in Luang Prabang

1. Khaiphaen

A training restaurant for disadvantaged Lao youth, it features great local cuisine inclouding the eponymous fried river weed dish. Opened from Monday to Saturday, from 11am to 10.30pm.

2. Dyen Sabai Restaurant

Enjoy Thai and Asian dishes here, as well as some barbecue. An extremely popular place for Sin Dat, where you barbecue your own meat as a simple soup cooks in the gutters surrounding the dome-shaped grill. Open daily from 8am to 11.30pm.

3. Manda De Lao

A fine dining restaurant that serves delicious Asian food under a magical setting with a perfect lotus pond as the centre. Visit this lovely place that opens daily from 12pm to 11pm.

4. Bamboo Garden

Delicious thai and local cuisine is served here. A cosy place that is very well priced with large portions, every dish will wow your taste buds. It is opened every day from 10am to 10pm.

5. Tamarind

A restaurant that focuses on Lao cuisine, it is worth a visit if you are interested in having a full on Lao meal. Opened Monday to Saturday, from 11am to 10pm.

6. Indigo café

Amazing coffee, flavoursome Laos dishes, and scrumptious fusion food. This café has it all. Besides that, they also have several healthy, vegetarian options. Opened from 6.30am to 10pm from Saturday to Thursday, and 6.30pm to 10pm from Friday to Sunday.

7. Saffron Coffee

One of the top places to have a coffee, this café serves baked goods and breakfast and lunch menus all day. Opened from 7am to 6.45pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, 7am to 7.45pm on Wednesdays, and 7.30am to 5.30pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

8. Buffet at Luang Prabang Night Market

Enjoy the buffet at the Luang Prabang and take your pick of vegetables, noodles and rice. A tasty vegetarian buffet at 10,000kip for a plate, what more can you ask for? Opened daily from 5pm to 10pm.

Some ways to get to Luang Prabang

*price range is according to price for one-way
*disclaimer: the prices are approximate

*LEGEND:
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$$: 26-50
$$$: 51-100
$$$$: >100

Flight Bus/Van

Flight directly from Kunming

1 hour 25 minutes
$$$$
Very convenient
Very comfortable

Flight directly from Siem Reap
1 hour 45 minutes
$$$
Very convenient
Very comfortable

Flight directly from Bangkok

1 hour 45 minutes
$$$$
Very convenient
Very comfortable

Flight directly from Hanoi

1 hour 10 minutes
$$$
Very convenient
Very comfortable

Sleeper bus from Vientiane

10-13 hour
$$
Convenient
Fairly comfortable

Bus/Van from Vang Vieng

5-8 hour
$
Fairly convenient
Fairly comfortable

Bus from Luang Namtha

8 hour
$$
Fairly convenient
Fairly comfortable

What bring to Luang Prabang

1. Insect repellent

Mosquitoes will be that dark cloud ruining the perfect sky here in Laos. Remember to bring your insect repellent if you do not want to be itching all day long.

2. Sun protection (sunscreen, hat, sunglasses)

The sun in Laos is deadly. Remember your protective gear – sunscreen, hat, and sunglasses.

3. Long trousers

Stay safe with long trousers as you travel around. It will be your shield from the sharp branches and plants that may cut into your skin.

4. Trekking or comfortable shoes

Wear comfortable, preferably trekking shoes, as you will most likely be doing tons of walking here. May the blisters not be with you.

5. Refillable water bottle
As an eco-tourism company, we highly encourage you to bring your own refillable water bottle. Head over to our sales office to refill them (while stocks last). If you are participating in our tours, there will be water stations available, and we will hand you 3L bottles to refill your bottle.

6. Swimsuit (conservative, sarong for women)
Do bring along a swimsuit, preferably a more conservative one out of respect for the locals. With water activities available, this is an essential in your travel pack.

7. Conservative clothes for the temples
Bring along conservative clothes for visits to the temples. These clothes would have to cover your shoulders and knees.

8. Universal Adapter
It goes without saying that the universal adapter is an important item for all those who are carrying electronics with you.

Tips

Money exchange

It is ideal to use USD as the currency to conduct your currency exchange here. Some of the recommended money changers would be -.

Health care

If you feel uncomfortable or have fallen sick in Vientiane, you can head over to the French Clinic and Allianz Clinic Vientiane, where there are English speaking doctors working.