Hotel Amantaka

55/3 Kingkitsarath Road, Ban Thongchaleun, Luang Prabang, 1090, Laos
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Kuangsi waterfall and PakOu Cave in 1 day

by blacksnail

Hello, I will arrive at Luang Prabang in a afternoon at about 4pm from Van Vieng. and I will be leaving for Phonsavan on the 3 rd day.

when i arrived at Luang Prabang, i most probably wil hang out at the town and rest in guesthouse. So i will have one whole day to visit around only.

Do you think i can visit kuangsi and pakou in one day? Other than Kuangsi and pakou, any place else worth a visit in my tight schedule? thanks.

Re: Kuangsi waterfall and PakOu Cave in 1 day

by seagypsy

It shouldn't be a problem visiting Pak Ou Caves/Tham Thing and Kuangsi in one day. Many travelers go to the caves in the morning, return to LP by 1:30 for the minivan transfer to Kuangsi with the minivan departing the parking lot around 5:30-6pm. Makes for a long day. Don't forget to visit the sunbears and Phet the tiger. And if you're going soon, don't forget to bring a swimsuit since it's presently very hot and humid in LP.

Re: Kuangsi waterfall and PakOu Cave in 1 day

by cafank

I agree with Seagypsy, you should have no problems doing everything in one day - we did. Was a long day but fun.

We spent quite a bit of time with the volunteers who care for the sun bears - some great stories.

Re: Kuangsi waterfall and PakOu Cave in 1 day

by xuessium

HI! Esjay"

They are actually in different directions but yeah, you can do them in a day.

Have a LP page if you care to take a look and see if the tips are any useful.

Re: Kuangsi waterfall and PakOu Cave in 1 day

by blacksnail

Thank you for the tips!!

i'm going on saturday!! so excited! :D

So should i go kuangsi in am or pm?

Re: Kuangsi waterfall and PakOu Cave in 1 day

by blacksnail

i'm checking you guys' luangprabang's page. will work out the itinerary and costing soon. :) thanks

Travel Tips for Luang Prabang

enjoy the relaxed pace and friendly locals

by richiecdisc

Luang Prabang is the kind of place you can sink into. Though you can see most of the sights in a couple days, it is easy to meander a few extra days as it is just so pleasant. It is also easy to lose some days talking to the monks. These friendly and intelligent locals will keep you occupied for hours as they practice their language skills on you. We had read how friendly the monks were in Luang Prabang but I guess you never quite know to what degree until you actually meet some. The enchanting city stole our hearts the very first day. We wandered the banana palm-clad town from end to end, enjoying brief glimpses of river life as well as the many elegant temples that have started to make it a popular stop on the Southeast Asia circuit. One like-minded passerby offered up without our even saying as much as hello, that Luang Prabang was indeed the greatest place in the whole region. That very afternoon, what seemed like an ill-timed lunch visit to the oldest temple in town turned out to be a most interesting one. What struck us as soon as we entered was the droning hum of the monks performing a mantra, a sound that brought about a real sense of peace in the room. This contrasted sharply with the monks sitting in a row, with not only their traditional lunch in front of them, but also a green-glassed bottle of 7-Up with a white straw each. It was a photo I was too shy to take but that is etched in my mind perhaps more acutely now because of it.

After their meal, we were asked to join in to learn a bit of their culture and try some of the foods typical of Laos. The tastes were varied and new to us especially the Lapp, a raw meat salad made with chilies and eaten with sticky rice to help stem the tide of the fiercely spicy dish. I enjoyed it immensely and was glad to finally find it as I had been looking for it for days. Later that night with a fever and profuse diarrhea, I would regret my adventurous culinary nature. (Conclued below in Fondest Memory)

Sit on left side of the plane for great view

by Rodan44

If you are flying into the Luang Prabang airport, try to get a window seat on the left side of the plane and you will be rewarded with a fantastic view as you fly very low over the city as you come in for a landing. You will very easily be able to see the Mekong river, Mount Phousi, and many glittering temples. Fantastic!

Talk to the monks!

by King_Golo

Monks are the most common view in Luang Prabang - there orange monk's habits can be seen in every street at almost every time of the day.
Most of the monks learn English and are more than happy to share their knowledge with you. For them, it's a great opportunity to get better English skills, for you, it's a great opportunity to learn about their life and traditions in the wats.

Rattan Ball

by sieffron

One of the most popular sports in Laos and Southeast Asia is rattan ball. It's played in a manner similar to volleyball, only the feet and head are used instead of hands. The ball itself is made from rattan, a solid timber vine that grows in jungles and woven together.
Historians estimate that rattan ball has been played for at least 500 years, a good explanation for the adeptness with which many young Lao men compete.

Prison with a view

by thedouglas

When we took our boat trip along the Mekong and surrounds from Luang Prabang, just happened to ask what this building was, and turned out its a prison. Not sure if its the ONLY prison in Laos, or just in this area. But, communication with our host was that this is where drug dealers and smugglers end up. Has a view, but a prison is a prison! This was only a few minutes away by boat from the town.


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