The most interesting part of Luang Prabang is the Old Town – and it’s so tiny you won’t really need a travel guide. Nevertheless, I put some of the places I liked most together, and maybe it will help you to find your way around. Or at least get a small impression on how breathtakingly beautiful this special place is.
Luang Prabang is the spiritual city of Lao, so if temples are always a good bet for a sightseeing tour through a city in South East Asia, in Luang Prabang it’s even a better one.
Here are a few of the temples I liked during my stay:
Viewpoint on Phusi Mountain
I also recommend climbing the stairs to Phusi mountain! There’s a viewpoint on top and the sunset is amazing. Come early to save a good spot. And yes, hydrating IS important, but as there are NO toilets up at the viewpoint, don’t drink to much. Or figure something else out. (By the way, the space is limited, so don’t even think of using an outdoor toilet… don’t know how Lao people get along with that, but probably they won’t 🙂 )
There are two ways to get up, one starts on the side of the Nam Khan river, the other in front of the National Museum.
The night market starts every night at 6 on Sisavongvang Road, in front of the National Museum. Even if you are not the usual souvenir buyer, you should definitely take a closer look here – the goods are really different from the usual tourist stuff and the prices are more than fair.
Food & Drinks
One thing first: you won’t stay hungry in Luang Prabang. Food is amazing as well as the number of restaurants. There isn’t that much street food other than some stalls at the night market, but considering the low prices dinner at a restaurant won’t break the bank either.
Och Pop Tok is actually a small textile manufacturer, with excellent handmade and fair trade products. There’s also a daily shuttle to their small factory outside the Old Town and a lovely café.
In comparison to the rest of the country, accommodation in Luang Prabang is more expensive, especially on special occasions, like New Year in April. But I found the prices quite reasonable, so see for yourself. Also, if you’re up for a treat, you should check the rates of the few luxury hotels in town. They offer good value for a relatively low price, and all of them are really charming and far away from the big hotel chain flair you might expect.
3 Tips for different budgets:
View Khem Khoung Guest House* – simple, but cozy, french owner, very helpful and welcoming, top location
My Dream Boutique Resort * – charming resort in the middle of a tropical garden
3 Nagas Luang Prabang MGallery by Sofitel* – Tiny 5 star hotel, amazing atmosphere, colonial style, good offers during low season
Sights near Luang Prabang
Kuang Si Waterfall – amazing place, blog post coming up soon!
Tad Se Waterfall – from what I’ve heard not very interesting during dry season because of the lack of water
Pak Ou Caves – missed this one 🙁
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