A day in Luang Prabang, Laos

by Kirsty on February 23, 2011

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Luang Prabang is a gorgeous town in northern Laos and often the first stop for many travellers arriving by slow boat from Thailand. It’s common for travellers to only spend a day or two here before moving on, so if you’re on a tight schedule here’s our suggestion for a great day in Luang Prabang.

Alms offering – Begin the day nice and early by getting up to see the monks pass through the streets and collect offerings from locals and tourists. For a better description check out this post from our friends Got Passport.

Kuang Si Waterfall Luang Prabang Laos

Poi admiring the view

Breakfast – Enjoy a large breakfast at Luang Prabang Bakery – one the nicest starts to the day we’ve had in a long time and served with a super strong Lao coffee to make up for that early start.

Kouang Si Waterfall – Take a tuk tuk out (you’ll have plenty of offers) and enjoy a hike to the top for amazing views. Cool off afterwards in the perfectly coloured pools below, there’s also a small waterfall you can jump from and a rope swing for the more adventurous type. More info from Mike who was with us that day.

Lunch – on return to town and hungry after the hike grab a baguette from one of the many street vendors around town – go for the chicken.

Nam Khan River beach – Take a walk over the bamboo bridge and relax in the sunshine by the river side. Good for a paddle but there’s a strong current so be careful swimming.

Drink – Follow the path up from the river beach to Dyen Sabai bar & restaurant and enjoy a beer in this amazingly relaxing setting looking over the town. Try not to fall asleep here, many do.

Sunset – Climb the many steps up Phu Si and enjoy a stunning view of the city, river and surrounding mountains as the sun sets across it all and becomes even more spectacular.

Market – Finish off the day strolling through the market and enjoy one of the many street buffets on offer, most offering freshly barbequed fish and chicken. Great food for next to nothing.

Top of Phu Si at sunset

Best seat in the house

If somehow you have any energy left I suggest more tasty beer Laos while watching the world go buy in one of the chilled out bars on the markets edge.

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Gillian @OneGiantStep February 23, 2011 at 11:07 pm

The market food in Luang Prabang tops my list! Some BBQ pork and fish with a spicy bowl of noodle soup…yummy!!
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Kirsty February 23, 2011 at 11:12 pm

It’s all about the food – unlike restaurants street food never disappoints!

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Monica February 24, 2011 at 12:20 am

Great tips. Luang Prabang was by far my favourite place os Laos. I just loved how chilled out it was and how peaceful it was at the night markets – a lovely change after the usual manic markets throughout Asia. I actually ended up buying heaps because I wasn’t hounded by the stall owners!
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Kirsty February 24, 2011 at 11:44 am

We fell into the same trap – bought loads of things, some of the stalls really act like they dont want to sell you anything!!!

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crazy sexy fun traveler February 24, 2011 at 1:30 am

So love the pic with the waterfall and the last one on the rock or whatever it is! Definitely an interesting place to visit 🙂
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Kirsty February 24, 2011 at 11:43 am

the rock was literally jutting out of the side of the mountain, but it did give a perfect shot for sunset

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Christy @ Technosyncratic February 24, 2011 at 5:40 am

Wooooow… that pic of the mini waterfalls is really neat! It looks so tropical and refreshing. 🙂
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Kirsty February 24, 2011 at 11:42 am

It was amazing to swim in, they have different levels all as gorgeous as the next

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Annie February 24, 2011 at 7:06 am

Lovely photos! And great tips!
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Kirsty February 24, 2011 at 11:42 am

Thanks – glad you liked 🙂

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Dyanne @TravelnLass February 24, 2011 at 7:43 am

Sounds like a perfect day! I can’t wait til I get over to that corner of the globe come October.
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Kirsty February 24, 2011 at 11:41 am

It’s a really nice place, so relaxed – you could easily spend a week there just wandering and doing nothing but people watching

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Shannon O'Donnell February 24, 2011 at 10:58 am

You’re making me wish I had gone to Laos instead!! Gorgeous photos and I’m glad you enjoyed LP so much 🙂 Those waters at Kuang Si are just incredible, the photos look doctored up they’re so blue! 🙂

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Kirsty February 24, 2011 at 11:41 am

Maybe….. 😉 I have fallen in love with Laos from day one, such spectacular scenery!

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Candice February 24, 2011 at 11:00 am

Those photos are AMAZING. And I’m completely hungry now.
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Kirsty February 24, 2011 at 11:45 am

Thanks – I miss the all you can eat buffets, so much more expensive here in Vientiane

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Andi of My Beautiful Adventures February 24, 2011 at 10:41 pm

Wow, I MUST go to Laos, MUST!!! Great review of the country!
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Poi February 25, 2011 at 12:25 pm

Thank you!

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Amanda March 1, 2011 at 1:16 pm

That waterfall really looks gorgeous! I’ll have to check out Mike’s post about it, too.
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Poi March 2, 2011 at 3:13 pm

It was so nice, we could have gone there day after day.

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The Dropout March 1, 2011 at 11:14 pm

Oh, I have such great memories of Luang Prabang. Your photos are fantastic, made me remember what a great time I had there.
I could have stayed there for a month!
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Poi March 2, 2011 at 3:12 pm

Thanks – it’s such an easy place to enjoy.

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Saioa February 18, 2012 at 10:09 pm

Hey guys, what is the quickest way to get to Luang Prabang? I am spending some days in Chiang Mai and I have only 5 days left to visit all Laos

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Poi February 19, 2012 at 7:44 am

Hey the quickest way is by mini bus but it’s still going to take you the best part of a day it’s a long way! You can book them from most travel shops/hostels. Good luck!

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