LUANG PRABANG TOP TIPS
Located in the north of Laos, at the point where the waters of the Mekong and the Nam Khan Rivers meet, is the beautiful city of LuangPrabang. Often referred to as the ‘Jewel on the Mekong’, this really is a must-see stop on your journey around Laos.Today we list our top five favourite options of what to do whilst you’re in town…
1 –KUANGSI WATERFALLS
If you want to see natural beauty at its very best, spend a day relaxing at the Kuangsi Waterfalls. Snap up some fresh fruit and pastries from LuangPrabang’s Morning Market before grabbing a tuktuk and heading out to the falls. This is a wonderful place to meet ethic groups, and to reclining under low hanging branches in between refreshing dips in this tropical oasis.
2 – MEKONG RIVER CRUISE
Much of LuangPrabang’s charm comes from its riverside location. To really experience the incredible countryside surrounding the small city, hop on a river cruise along the Mekong out to Pak Ou Caves. Located two hours upstream, the limestone caves are home to hundreds of intricately carved wooden Buddha statues.
3 – HIRE A BIKE
To get a real insight into the everyday life of this fascinating city, hire a bike and set off exploring. Be sure to swing by the Golden City Temple, one of the oldest temples in LuangPrabang. Other great sites include the Wat Mai Monastery, the Royal Palace, or cross over the Nam Khan River via the communist era bridge to the nearby craft village.
4 – CLIMB PHOU SI HILL
For incredible views over the Mekong, lace up those comfy shoes and take on the steps up to Phou Si Hill. Whether you visit at sunrise or sunset, you’re guaranteed incredible views of the city, and the surrounding countryside.
5 – RIDE AN ELEPHANT
Located just 15km out of town is the Elephant Park Project. Enjoy a three-hour trek on the back on an elephant against a beautiful mountainous backdrop. Just be warned, when you reach that river, these elephants like to play, and that could mean you getting wet!