Luang Prabang Travel Guide
Kids bike past a colonial home
Kids bike past a colonial home
One of many ornate wats
amazing history & architecture
Mai Temple at night
Atmosphere - atmosphere - atmosphere
In a nutshell
The most charming city in all of Asia!
The Temples of Luang Prabang
There are more than 30 Buddhist temples (wats) in Luang Prabang's tourist center, an area which can be easily walked in a hour or so. No much guidance is needed on which temples to see or how to get there and my advise would be: beside visiting Wat Xiang Thong which for...
The Alms Giving Ceremony - A Sacred Lao Tradition
The Alms Giving Ceremony is an old tradition of Theravada Buddhism and one of the most sacred Lao traditions. Alms giving is usually done at the break of dawn when Buddhist monks leave their monasteries and begin their alms rounds. It starts at about 5:30 am and by 6:15 am...
Enjoy the sunset over the Mekong.
The best place to view the sunset in my opinion is from a restaurant overlooking the Mekong. There are lots of people offering sunset cruises too. You will encounter them as you stroll along the Mekong. Apparent disinterest gets the price down.
The Royal Palace.
Luang Prabang's royal palace is now its national museum. Entry 20,000 kip. We did not go inside just looked at its grounds where you can see a stunningly beautiful wat, the royal theatre, a statue, a fish pond, some lovely plants.
Stroll across a bamboo bridge.
I believe this is only possible in the dry season. There are two bamboo bridges across the Nam Khan River. The one near where the Nam Khan and Mekong meet costs 5000kip there and back. We just crossed and viewed the Mekong and Nam Khan but I read you can walk from here to a...
Wats on Sakkarine Road.
There were lots of beautiful wats one after another on this road. All were free entry and all are worth a visit. Sakkarine Road is a continuation of the main road as it heads towards the end of the peninsula.
Watermelon shaped stupa located on the grounds by Wat Visoun and Wat Aham. This area is worth a wander. At this point in our trip we had no kip and I paid $US3 to go in Wat Visoun. It would have been cheaper to pay in kip at 20,000kip. For me the grounds were more...
La Residence Phou Vao
4 Reviews and 364 Opinions TOUGH MANAGEMENT While this facility may be nice, I know the management is tough and does not have...
Villa Santi Hotel
9 Reviews and 100 Opinions Was there for 3 nights in Nov 2007 and booked through Gulliver's Travel at about $80/night. The...
Le Bel Air Resort: Superb, peaceful location.
This hotel is located right next to the far side of the old bridge. We went here for a meal as it was close to our first hotel. It is located on the banks of the Nam Khan River and is a bit more upmarket than many of the other restaurants as it is part of a hotel. We had...
Any along the Mekong or Nam Khan River: Relaxing on the river
We were really spoilt for choice for restaurants in Luang Prabang there were so many located along the sides of the Nam Khan and Mekong Rivers. It was wonderful to sit next to the river at sunset and watch the sun go down while sipping a cold beer lao or coconut milk fruity...
The night market: Shopping for local handicraft.
Luang Prabang is not noted for its nightlife, but it does have a huge nightmarket which takes over a large area of the town every evening.It begins near the post office and stretches down the main street and into some side streets. There are food and drink stalls as well as...
S bar & Restaurant: Hype and Trendy
If you are tired of the backpackers path, and want something more "hype" the S bar is made for you. The Cocktails are very good, I took a "Frozen Mojito", it was a delight. They also have a nice food menu with a mix of thai.sushi and western food. The owner is half French...
Ariving in luang Prabang
Most buses and mini-vans arrive in LP a few kms from the centre, where many tuk-tuk drivers or representatives of guest houses will pounce on you as soon as you step off your bus. Most will show fotos of accommodation and will try to persuade you to stay there. Pick a...
For all your fruit and veg: The Morning Market
We visited the morning market after watching the alms giving ceremony. It starts early. I don't know how long it lasts.It was wonderfully colourful and great for photos. Most stalls sell fruit and vegetables, but there was also meat and fish. There were also some marigold...
Coconut milk shakes
Most restaurants sell delicious coconut milk shakes mixed with a variety of juices such as pineapple, papaya, banana, mango. I even tried mint. For some reason they are dearer if you have them without ice.
Laos makes its own beer. The most famous is beer lao available in light or dark. We only tried the light and it was very good. It is not available in draft in Lung Prabang only bottles and cans. We also found Nam Khan beer in some restaurants along the Mekong. This was also...
Try to avoid sitting directly under trees. Huge branches fell near us a least twice on our 4 day stay as well as a sudden shower of twigs. This in the dry season on non-windy days.The first incident was as we strolled along the Nam Khan we heard a sudden cracking noise and...
Don't use Manifa Travel Company!
The short version: Do not buy any trips or tickets at Manifa's. They are incompetent, don't understand English and they will lie to your face.The slightly longer version:We booked a boat trip (110.000 kip per person) to Nong Khiaw, seven hours north of Luang Prabang for...
Morning Alms Giving Ceremony.
OK, I know everyone raves about this, but I was not impressed. When we went there were about 20 tourists to every poor alms collecting monk. I don't think tourists behaved badly; there were just too many of them and for me at least it was not particularly worth seeing.
Visit the far side.
The Mekong is a pretty large but easily surmountable barrier to travel, yet it seems tourists never venture across. I had hired a scooter and did just that, and I thoroughly recomend it to anyone. A mere 15 minutes on one of the numerous ferries and you really are in another...
The local currency is the kip. 10,000 kip is $US1. There was an ATM at the airport and there were lots of ATMs and money exchanges in town especially on the main street. It is better value to pay for sights in kip rather than US. It is easy to change US and Thai...
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