Luang Prabang is described as the “jewel of Indochina”, and let me tell you – it is well worth its reputation. This is the capital of zen, the ultimate haven and one of the prettiest cities we have ever visited. We have made a list of 7 awesome things to do in Luang Prabang, Laos. This Travel Guide gives you the low-down on them all!
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What to do in Luang Prabang
Luang Prabang is one of those places you just have to experience for yourself. It´s hard to describe its great atmosphere in words. This sleepy, yet vibrant town brings a new level of chill into your life as you roam down the streets. Watch the people and soak in the atmosphere in the restaurant street, or go bananas at the Buffet Street. You can rent a bicycle and go sightseeing, or perhaps you would enjoy a waterfall adventure to the Kuang Si Falls.
There are so many awesome things to do, and you should plan on spending about 2-3 nights here.
1. Embark on a Mekong River cruise
One of the highlight in Luang Prabang must be a lazy boat ride on the Mekong River. Imagine just floating down the waterways, enjoying the most stunning sunset with a picture-perfect backdrop. On both sides you will have mountains covered in lush forest, gorgeous vistas, palm trees and banana trees. There are few things in life which gets better than moments like these.
2. Spend a day at Kuang Si Waterfalls
Hire a scooter or jump on a shared tuk-tuk and venture out to Kuang Si Falls for one of the best experiences in Laos! Turquoise water, cascading waterfalls and three-tiered swimming holes are just some of the magnificent views you will encounter. You can swim in the blue lagoons or hike to the very top of the falls for a stunning view. The choices are endless, and this is an absolute must-do during your stay in Luang Prabang!
Read more: Kuang Si Waterfalls, Luang Prabang
3. Mount Phousi – a must on things to do in Luang Prabang
Mount Phousi is probably the coolest kid in town when it comes to watching the sunset. It offers 360-degree views of the charming, small town. You will have an awesome view of the river surrounding it and its distant mountains. You have to hike up 300 stairs to get to the top, but rest assured – its completely worth it. AND you can cross of your gym session for the day 🙂
Be sure to start climbing those stairs early to avoid the crowds on your way up though. Every other traveler in Luang Prabang wants to see the sunset from above as well.
4. Eat at the Buffet Street
The buffet street is a backpackers dream, and probably one of the cheapest, coolest and most tasteful meals in Luang Prabang! You pay for a bowl, and you fill it with everything you want. And the choices are truly endless, ranging from tasty locals dishes as meat, fish and vegetarian. Its located in a narrow alley just next to the night market, and it’s filled with stalls offering market style buffets. The seating is communal so it´s a great place to meet other travelers, exchange stories and perhaps make some new friends 🙂
5. Enjoy the lantern-lit night market
The night market is located in the very heart of the town, and is open from 5pm to 23pm every night. If you are unsure of which market to choose whilst in Southeast Asia, this one should definitely be on top of your list. Its one of the most lively, colorful and fun markets, where local vendors sell their unique and incredible wood carvings, clothes, jewellery and other lovely handicrafts.
TIP! Its most fun to visit the market at 8pm as the vibe makes for a fun night out 🙂
6. Hire a scooter and explore the countryside
This is a great place to hire a scooter and just venture off into the unknown, exploring the surroundings of the Lao countryside. There is a nice absence of traffic on the main roads, and you will feel like you have this place all to yourself. Surrounded by lush forest, palm trees and small wooden houses – yes please 🙂
7. explore the impressive temples of Luang Prabang
In 1887 almost all of the cities temples we destroyed when a mercenary army from China looted the town. Today there are 34 beautiful temples located in Luang Prabang, and you can easily spend a day exploring them. They are all very marvellous and glorious, and create a serene and special mystical feeling to the place.
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