Loving Luang Prabang – a travel guide


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France meets Southeast Asia. Where croissants and coconut curries go hand in hand. A special kinda atmosphere you can’t compare to anything else. An intimate city where you initially book two days and end up staying a week. Because: so much to do, so much to see. Enter this mini Luang Prabang guide!

Luang Prabang guide – to do

Almsgiving ceremony

Every morning, at the break of dawn, the monks walk through the streets of Luang Prabang to collect alms. Inhabitants give them food and drinks. As a tourist, it is okay to watch this ceremony but do. not. be. a. douche. Be quiet, calm, make yourself invisible and above all: turn off your flash.

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Visit temples

Luang Prabang has many pretty temples. If I had to recommend just one, it would be Wat Xieng Thong, the biggest and most popular with a beautiful garden. Entrance is 20.000 KIP (€2).

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Climb Mount Phousi

Must-do if you’re into amazing views. The climb up there is perfectly doable and once you’re up there, you have a 360° view over Luang Prabang. Entrance here is 20.000 KIP as well.

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Kuang Si Falls

Obviously, the must-see. Unbelievable waterfall with all the whistles and bells, a 30-minute ride from center Luang Prabang.

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Utopia

A place where you can drink and eat, but mostly meet other people/backpackers. The place is practically legendary by now and perfect for meeting other tourists, chilling, watching the sunset over the Mekong, doing yoga and hanging out until the sun comes up.

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Night market

The place to be: Sisavangvong Road. It’s not particularly the best night market in the world, but that’s okay.

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Luang Prabang guide – to eat & drink

Bouang

Best restaurant I’ve visited in Southeast Asia. Their chicken burger was delicious. The place is founded by a française who brought the hipster atmosphere from Europe to Southeast Asia.

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legit sad i’ll won’t be eating this burger ever again

La Casa Lao

Patatas bravas with fancy meatballs? Stuffed squid? If you’re going to enjoy an elegant night out, go to La Casa Lao. Reallllly enjoyed our food there.

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Le Banneton

If you’re searching for the best croissants in Luang Prabang/Laos/SE Asia: search no more.

L’étranger books & tea

Cosy place to have brunch. Bring your book or laptop and chill a bit. Every night is movie night at L’étranger, so show up and enjoy the movie!

Getting in Luang Prabang…

… is an adventure! You can take the slow boat, which goes from the border of Thailand to Luang Prabang.

Since the city is a popular destination, there is a good connection by plane. Only 5 km from the center is an international airport, so you can fly from Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Hanoi, Siem Reap, …

Unfortunately no trains in Luang Prabang, so if you want to go over land, the bus is your only option. And not the best, I would only do it if I really didn’t have another option.

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Cheers Laos! You were a blast.