Luang Prabang Travel Guide

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    Kids bike past a colonial home
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Luang Prabang Things to Do

  • Redbul bar

    I've been in Redbul bar during my stay in Luang Prabang, I tried many kind of food (best burger in Laos and Asia) and I think is one of the best quality/price in Luang Prabang. You can find italian food like piadina (wrap), pizza bread and pasta (italian pasta not noodle :-)). There is a happy hour all night long for Lao cocktail. He start to be...

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  • Don't stay overnight!

    Be careful what you book on the Elephant Village website. The overnight stay takes you away from the pictures of the beautiful pol, to a run down house down the river far away from the village. The managers and owners are rude. We are still dealing with them to get our promised refund from them and they are now refusing to pay. They send daily...

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  • Big Brother Mouse - Lao books for Lao...

    If you have a spare couple of hours, it is worth popping into the Big Brother Mouse shop and supporting a worthy local charity. This is a publishing project that was started in 2006 with the aim of developing literacy rates among the people of Lao. They began by writing and publishing books mainly in Lao but also some in English that children will...

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Luang Prabang Hotels

Luang Prabang Restaurants

  • Nisha Restaurant

    The Nisha Restaurant is a small Indian vegetarian and nonvegetarian restaurant very reasonable and authentic. It is onThanon Kitsalat the main road towards Vientiane, about 300 m east of the market. I had Aloo Gobi with plain Nan. Aloo Gobi with plain Nan

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  • Authentic North Indian food

    The Nisha Restaurant is a small Indian vegetarian and nonvegetarian restaurant very reasonable and authentic.It is onThanon Kitsalat the main road towards Vientiane, about 300 m east of the market.I had Aloo Gobi with plain Nan. Aloo Gobi with plain Nan

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  • New restaurant in Luang Prabang

    New restaurant in Luang Prabang with big garden, terrace and A/C room offer deliciuous Italian food and local food. Also they sell pizza (traditional wood oven) dessert like tiramisu and Italian risotto.

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Luang Prabang Nightlife

  • Not exactly a hive of activity.

    The Hive Bar seems to be in direct competition, and a few doors along from, the Lao Lao Garden. Utopia has now also entered the scene (see seperate tips for both). Judging by the limited amount of people in both premises even in high season, it appears the competition is for a diminishing market. In truth, there is little to distinguish between...

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  • Decent but dead

    The Hive was meant to be one of the best bars in town but even though it was 10pm on a Thursday when we went it was so quiet. The bar itself has some cool sitting areas out the front, with cushions etc and also a huge garden out the back with loads of seats. Prices are a little high, 30k kip for a Cuba libre or 10k kip for a small Lao beer. Am sure...

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  • 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 lots of handicraft stalls. Among other things we saw colourful sarongs,...

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Luang Prabang Transportation

  • Taxi

    Taxi to the airport to to take the Laos Air Lines plane The tuc tuc is one of the quickest , practical and economic to travel. Fresh air is guaranteed Taxi al aeropuerto , para coger el avion de Laos Air LinesEl Tuc tuc es una de las formas más rápidas, práctica y económica de viajar El aire fresco está garantizado

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  • Town centre to boat landing.

    We hired a private minibus from an agency direct to take us from the Lankhangkhong hotel to the boat landing for 100.000 LAK. (9€) It is probably cheaper by tuktuk but this way we didn't have to go looking for one at 7 '°clock in the morning and were certain that the 'van would be there. Doesn't take 20 mins to get there but it is a fair distance...

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  • 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 suitable one, then they usually try to stick you in a tuk-tuk for a couple...

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Luang Prabang Shopping

  • Paintings.

    We noticed some stalls selling local paintings along the Mekong near the entrance to Wat Xienthong. Such pictures were also on sale in the night market.

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  • Dara Market

    This indoor market hall is located on Kitsalat Road. It had some lovely sarongs and silver jewellery.

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  • 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 sellers.

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Luang Prabang Local Customs

  • Gastronomia II

    in The market that is besides the river is really surprising because you may see many exotic and unusual things like iguanas, serpents,worms, little birds ... they are very colourful, but I think that I should not dare to eat many of these things El mercado que está junto al río es realmente sorprenderte, pues en él se ven cosas exóticas y raras...

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  • Waking up.

    No need to pack the alarm clock for Luang Prabang; wake up as God intended us to do. Roosters and chickens abounded in Laos.

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  • Monks.

    Monks are everywhere in Luang Prabang. I particularly enjoyed listening to the evening chanting sessions in the wats as it neared sun down. i did not go inside or bother them, just listened.

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Luang Prabang Warnings and Dangers

  • Don't end up in jail!

    This tip has no photo attached for obvious reasons, insofar as I don't think it is a brilliant idea to stick a camera in a drug dealers face. You will frequently be asked "smoke weed?" and cannabis / marijuana seems to be freely available. Your call whether or not to indulge but I would point out a few things to you. There are strict penalties in...

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  • MANIFA TRAVEL Stole 50,000 Kip $$$$ from...

    Do yourself a favor and DO NOT BOOK THROUGH THEM.I walked in here to book the shuttle to the waterfalls/bear sanctuary. I was told the next shuttle wasn't for another 2 hours but the guy was REALLY putting on the pressure to book ahead, so I paid him the 50,000 kip in cash and went to wait in a cafe.I returned at the time he told me and ended up...

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  • Falling trees.

    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 watched a couple of huge branches crash down to the riverbank nearby. The...

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Luang Prabang Tourist Traps

  • I'm not surprised it is for sale.

    Martin's Bar.I wandered into this place one afternoon for a beer purely by virtue of the fact there was some decent blues music playing and I do like a bit of blues. I was also a little intrigued by the very Western accented menu, including things like meatball and mashed potatoes. I had walked past here a few times and noted that it was always...

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  • 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.

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  • Waterfalls and caves on your own (not a...

    Most tour agencies charge 50,000 kip per person for 1/2 day tour of Pak Ou or 1/2 day tour of the waterfalls. either are really tours, since when you get there, it is basically a do-it-yourself walk. If you negotiate, a tuk-tuk will do each destination for as many people can fit for ~110,000 kip total. Once you split the cost between your travel...

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Luang Prabang What to Pack

  • ALWAYS CARRY A STRONG MOSQUITO REPELLANT

    WHEN TRAVELLING HERE IN THE TROPICS THERE ARE SOME THINGS THAT I ALWAYS CARRY WITH ME..: ALWAYS MAKE SURE THAT YOU HAVE A STRONG AND RELIABLE MOSQUITO AND INSECT REPELLANT. AS DENGUE AND MALARIA ARE PREVELANT:ANOTHER MUST IS FRESH BOTTLED DRINKING WATER AND MAKE SURE TO CHECK THE SEAL ON THE CAPS TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY ARE NOT REFILLS:I USE A SMALL...

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  • Mosquito Repellent

    Mozzie repellent is a must for Luang Prabang - particularly as you are almost surrounded by river here - they come out as soon as the sun goes down, and they are relentless little buggers. I also recommend buying this at home, as I had bought our favourite brand here, but my husband insisted on buying something locally - and it was greasy and...

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  • Pack Light

    This was the first time we went on a trip with just one backpack. In fact, we used just D’s small women’s pack and it was plenty big enough. It gave us a lot of flexibility when it came to going on local buses and it was less to worry about too. Since I carried it, D loved the idea. lol Bring your hiking boots if you want to do a lot of walking....

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Luang Prabang Off The Beaten Path

  • Farming monks.

    I enjoyed watching these monks tend their garden near where the Mekong and Nam Khan Rivers meet. Monks must get fed up with tourists like me taking so many photos of them as they try to go about their everyday business, but they do look very colourful and exotic so it is hard to resist.

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  • Shop fronts.

    Many shop fronts were also interesting and made great pictures. I thought the basket shop was really quite picturesque. Sometimes phots speak for themselves and don't really need a lot of words in order to explain them.

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  • Fishing.

    I was fascinated by the fishermen who waded into the Nam Khan to fish or fished off small boats in the Mekong. How come it's so relaxing to watch other people do all the work?

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Luang Prabang Sports & Outdoors

  • The Wild Side!

    If you like whitewater rafting, kayaking & other eco tourism, you may want to check out www.lao-wildside.com that offers great outdoor packages.

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  • Kayaking the Nam Khan river.

    Our one day tour included the visit to the elephant camp for riding the elephants, after that we drove to Ban Ann where we started our kayak expedition. This river is a great place for kayaking, and is also a good oportunity to visit the Taat sae waterfalls. Highly recommended.

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  • Jungle Trekking

    The mountains surrounding Luang Prabang provide excellent opportunities to trek through some of the finest scenery in Laos. The outdoor adventure companies in town have your ticket to visit welcoming hilltribes subsiting in the rugged jungles.Possibilities range from day trips to multi-day hikes with overnights in villages. I did my trekking...

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Luang Prabang General

  • Otra de ninos de Laos-Another of laos...

    We were doing rafting in a river and in the middle of nowhere we stopped in a remote village where all children came out see and play with us .They were very nice and friendlyEstuvimos haciendo rafting en un río, que estaba en "el fin del mundo"y paramos en un pueblo remoto donde salieron todos los niños a vernos y a jugar con nosotros .

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  • Massage

    Spa garden massage is a spa located in a big garden, no surprise there. It was 60k kip for a Lao massage and anya had a 60k kip pedicure. Massage was good but. Nothing mind blowing which I had read about some Lao massages but it got to some of my sore bits. Will keep hunting for my heaven SE Asia massage.I had a second massage a week later at...

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  • Architecture.

    There are some beautiful buildings in Luang Prabang.I liked the old wooden buildings with their colourful shutters. Many old buildings had been made into hotels, restaurants, guest houses.

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  • nidnilun's Profile Photo
    Jun 6, 2013 at 11:59 PM

    luangprang is rich in culture traditions and natural wonders all of which make present day of Luangprang is a wonderful city most visitor come to visit in laos. ( Ten speaking are no match for seeing with your own eyes)

 
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