Things to do in Luang Prabang
Luang Prabang is a city in Laos that feels more like a small town. Getting from A to B is really easy and everything is central. Hotels, guest houses & hostels are of many and the majority are by the main part of town.
Getting around in Luang Prabang is easy. Most places in the main town are within walking distance so you can save money on transport. If Kuang Si Falls is on your itinerary then you will need transport to get there. I’d recommend getting a scooter to go exploring around Luang Prabang.
Scooter cost- 100,000kip (£9.20) for 24 hours.
• Mount Phousi
Watching the sunset at Mount Phousi is a must, it’s absolutely breathtaking. There are many temples on the way up and on top of Mount Phousi, you may also see some monks. The only downside is that it’s packed with tourists so be prepared to wait or even queue to take a photo of the sunset. We didn’t get the perfect sunset shot so we got one showcasing the amazing stairway on the way down. Mount Phousi is a 5-10 minutes walk through town and 300+ steps to get to the top. It’s worth it though, I promise!
Note* There are stalls with TINY cages containing captured wild birds on your way up & on top of Mount Phousi. They say it is good luck to release the birds from the cage. I would NOT recommend doing this as it’s funding cruelty to animals.
• Night Market
If you fancy a doing some shopping or in my case window shopping, head to the night market in Luang Prabang. There are many stalls with lots of different arts & crafts. There was even a stall selling recycled bullet shells & mines from the war which had been crafted into little ornaments and key rings. If you fancy a treat then head to the cake stalls for some delicious cakes for as little as 10,000kip (less than £1).
Note* There are jewellery stalls selling amazing jewellery but also selling ivory, tiger teeth/claws, sharks teeth and many others. Please don’t purchase such items.
• Kuang Si falls
Kuang Si falls is high on many bucket lists of those heading to Laos and I can tell you it definitely should be! To get to Kuang Si falls you will need to hire a scooter or transport of your choice. It’s 45 minutes away from Luang Prabang town and the drive there is incredible. I’d highly recommend hiring a scooter to take in all the amazing views along the way. Kuang Si falls consists of 5 waterfalls with some that you can swim in so be sure to take swim wear with you. The falls are the most beautiful I have seen, this place cannot be missed.
For more info on Kuang Si falls click here.
• Sunset chasing & viewpoints
There are many viewpoints to watch the sunset in Luang Prabang which are relatively easy to find. We found 3 viewpoints to watch the sunset.
At this spot was an old temple called Wat Sisavan Tevalok. It was right next to the river and doesn’t seem to get many tourists so you’ll have it to yourself. Entry cost 10,000kip (if I remember correctly). Have a wander around the temple then go down the stairs to check out the beautiful view.
This one was just down the road from the temple and has a broader and clearer view of the mountains and river. We discovered this after taking a wrong turn so unsure exactly where it was on the map. It’s right on the river where you can see the mountains and sunset clearly. Here, you can lay down a towel on the sand and watch the sunset. A good example of how getting lost can lead you to magical moments.
Mr four sunset bar is not the kind of bar you’d imagine. When you arrive you’ll find a handful of tourists sat on the rocks on the river or scattered around the bar. The bar was owned by a lovely local man who sold a range of drinks from his little hut. He was such a jolly guy who was ever so accommodating. We saw our favourite sunset here so I’d highly recommend going and get there early for a good seat.
You will find this spot on the Maps.me app. Look for ‘Mr Four Sunset Bar,’ it’s across the river from ‘Mekong Riverview Hotel.’
A can of Coke at Mr Four’s Sunset Bar costs 8,000kip (£0.75) or if you fancy a beer, Beer Laos cost 12,000kip (£1.10).
Download Maps.me if you want to find the viewpoints mentioned. If you don’t already have it, it’s a free app which doesn’t require WiFi or internet to work. All you need to do is download the map for each country you visit, it works brilliantly.
We found all the viewpoints just by studying the map so it really came in handy.
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Where to eat in Luang Prabang
Utopia- every backpacker will probably mention this place. It’s cool to check it out for its hipster vibe but I didn’t rate the food or service at all.
L’estranger- Amazing food with lovely, welcoming staff. You can exchange books here & watch a movie free of charge every night. All you need to do is order something.
La Salisa- If you love Italian food like me then check this place out. They have affordable food with great service!
Where to stay
We stayed at Nalin guesthouse which had comfortable rooms and was walking distance to almost everything.
For more accommodations in Luang Prabang click here
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