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Things to do in Luang Prabang
Luang Prabang is a UNESCO World Heritage city in Laos, and it’s at the centre of the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers. With incredible Buddhist temples, fascinating art scene, delicious food, amazing scenery, and warm people, it’s a popular tourist destination, especially for backpackers. That’s why you won’t find it hard to fall for Luang Prabang.
et ready for the ultimate temple run when you explore 32 shimmering temples of Luang Prabang. You’ll be in awe of the detailed design of Wat Xieng Thong. See the edgy Wat Visoun surrounded by lush greenery. There’s also Wat Sene, Wat Ho Pha Bang, Wat Pa Phai, and more.
For incredible panoramic views of the city and Mekong River, climb your way to the peak of Mount Phousi. This is also where you’ll find the golden That Chomsi stupa. Don’t forget to watch the sunset over Luang Prabang and the Mekong.
After that stunning sunset, enjoy a nightcap in any of the city’s many bars or cafes. There’s JoMa Bakery Café, Tangor, Lao Lao Garden, Hive Bar, and the popular Le Café Ban Vat Sene Restaurant.
Taste the local Laotian cuisine and go on a Luang Prabang food trip. Awaken your senses with a trip to the Morning Market. Ride a tuk-tuk to Silk Road Café for lunch. Attend a cooking lesson in Tamarind for an authentic experience. And then end your day with some tasty desserts from the Night Market. Along with the Morning and Night Markets, you can also go shopping for souvenirs and other items at Dara Market.
Learn more about the city’s heritage by visiting the Luang Prabang National Museum, Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre, the Royal Palace Museum, and the Ock Pop Tok Living Craft Centre.
Say hello to the gentle giants of the Elephant Village. Bring your camera out of the city to the gorgeous Tat Kuang Si Waterfalls for endless photo ops with nature. Nearby, there’s a Bear Rescue Centre where you can see these furry creatures in their natural habitat.
Another fantastic falls you shouldn’t miss is the Tad Sae Waterfall, where you can also bathe, feed, and ride elephants too. Stop by the spectacular Pak Ou Caves. It’s also known as the “Buddha Caves” because it’s packed with over 4,000 Buddha icons. After your trip to the caves, have a sip of the famous Lao Lao alcohol at the nearby Ban Xang Hai village.
For the ultimate experience in Luang Prabang, plan your trip during the city’s events. Celebrate with the locals at Boun Khoun Khao (harvest festival), Boun Pi Mai (Lao’s New Year), Boun Bang Fai (rocket festival), the dazzling Boun Kai Heua Fai, and the Kin Chiang (Hmong New Year).
So what are you waiting for? Check out this Luang Prabang travel guide and start planning your trip to this amazing city!
What you should know
The best time to visit Luang Prabang is during the cooler months of the dry season, which is from November to February.
The locals in tourist areas can speak English, but it’s also a great help for you to bring along a good Lao phrasebook during your trip.
What great news! According to Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, you and other Singapore citizens can fly to Laos and visit Luang Prabang visa-free for up to 30 days.
Travelling to and around Luang Prabang
You will be flying in to Luang Prabang International Airport. From there, you can reach the city by fixed rate taxis, tuk-tuks, or pick-up service from hotels. Start your Luang Prabang trip and roam the city by foot, tuk-tuk, taxi, and mini-vans.
We know you’ll have a fantastic time in beautiful Luang Prabang! So pack your bags, get your passport ready, and book your Luang Prabang flights with Skiddoo today.
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