Luang Prabang, Laos

Stunning Landscapes, Calm Mekong Delta, Yummy Food. Enjoy Luang Prabang!

Cultural sights, soothing sounds, and tempting tastes beautifully weave through Luang Prabang. With a medley of French colonial buildings, chanting monks, and vibrant food stalls, this UNESCO World Heritage site will awaken your soul. Wake at dawn to peacefully admire the monks walk the streets collecting alms, spend an afternoon relaxing at Tat Kuang Si Waterfalls, then hike the steep Mount Phou Si Hill in the center of town for the best sunset views. Cap your evening eating and shopping at the calm and neatly displayed night market. With today’s hectic lifestyle, Luang Prabang will slow you down and provide a spiritual and energetic lift.

 

6 AWESOME ACTIVITIES IN LUANG PRABANG

 

1. BUDDHIST ALMS GIVING CEREMONY

At sunrise, the monks of Luang Prabang quietly walk the streets to receive their daily offerings. Respectfully stand on the other side of the street and watch the monks, in their beautiful orange robes, take rice and other offerings from the locals. Please, DO NOT stand in front of them to get your ‘money shot.’ It is beyond disrespectful and rude, this is not a zoo.

 

2. TAT KUANG SI WATERFALLS & BEAR SANCTUARY

Scooter, tuk-tuk or take an organized tour the 1 hour outside of Luang Prabang. Take refreshing dips in the many turquoise travertine pools, have a picnic then hike the 15 minutes to the top of the falls for spectacular views. After, head to the Bear Sanctuary at the base of the falls to watch them eat, play, and chill out in their hammocks. A wonderful 3 hours in the jungles of Laos.

 

3. ROYAL PALACE MUSEUM

Built in 1904, the Royal Palace was home to King Sisavang Vong. Although the Palace is not huge, it is quite opulent with beautifully displayed antiques and home furnishings. Walk the grounds and have a look at the royal fleet of cars and the ornate Haw Pha Bang temple.

 

4. EAT LAOS CUISINE

Lao Noodle Soup (Khao Piak Sen) or Minced Pork Salad (Laab Moo) is a must try. There are numerous cafes and scrumptious food stalls that prepare everything from Laos cuisine to crepes and smoothies. Be sure to get your hands sticky with their most popular staple – sticky rice.

 

5. LUANG PRABANG NIGHT MARKET

FINALLY, a night market that is peaceful. Peruse the beautifully displayed stalls of artisan blankets, homemade trinkets, and clothes. Also, there are a few tight alleys bursting with food stalls – YUM! Spend every night here, whether it is to shop, eat or enjoy a cocktail on the patios.

 

6. PAK OU CAVES

About a 1.5-hour boat ride from Luang Prabang, these caves house thousands of tiny buddhas, which is a place of worship for locals. I saw these Buddhas when I was on the 2 day Mekong Delta Boat ride to Thailand. If you won’t be doing any other Mekong Delta boat tours then I recommend a trip to the caves. The landscape of Laos is stunningly lush and green and the calmness of the Mekong will lull you into a beautiful trance.

*I wish I spent more than a few days in Luang Prabang. You will have the best time. Any questions? Comment below.*


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