Luang Prabang - The stunning soul of Laos
Laos4 days / August 2019
This is a 4 day itinerary for anyone who is drawn to visit the beautiful and soulful Luang Prabang. This is a destination that will surprise and delight you at every turn.
Highs & Lows
The prettiness of Luang Prabang town, Tak Bat Cremony, beautiful temples and Kuang Si Falls
Not having enough time! Also, Luang Prabang is a bit more expensive than most South East Asian destinations
Q & A
What would you have changed?
I thought 4 nights would be enough to visit one town, but I could have done another 2 nights for sure.
How was the food?
The food in Luang Prabang is sensational. From amazing restaurants to the yummiest street food options. Luang Prabang is a food lovers delight!
What tips would you give a friend?
Stay on the riverside. I stayed on the Nam Khan River side, but I'd look at the Mekong side next time just because there are more cafes and its a tad prettier. But absolutely do stay in the main town so you can get up early and quietly watch the Sai Bat Alms Ceremony. And on that, don't be a douchebag. Its a very real and serious ceremony for the locals, not a Disneyland Parade for tourists. Be respectful and keep your distance. Don't be the douchebag sticking your camera in the monks face or blocking their way. It is a silent ceremony, so be respectful and shut up!
Light clothes as its a warm and likely humid destination. Bring good walking shoes too.
The local tuk tuks are a fantastic way to travel.
I was just surprised at how wonderful Luang Prabang is. I cannot believe that its not on everyone's travel bucket list. It should be. Also, I wouldn't call Luang Prabang expensive in western terms, but it is more expensive than most other South East Asian destinations. Expect to pay a little more for accommodation and transport.
- Luang Prabang, Laos
I stayed in a Villa Ban Lakkham River View in a Deluxe Double Balcony Room. The room was spacious and had a lovely veranda overlooking the Nam Khan River. It was easy walking distance to restaurants and shops, so a fabulous location. Service was not as good as I'd hoped, but the location and the room made up for that. I'd recommend to others, but don't expect a cold beer or water, and service was average.