Trip Report

Luang Prabang - The stunning soul of Laos

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.

by xscapeartistryAbout Me:I love the freedom of travel which always inspires the most creative and inspired parts of my soul. I’m a flash packer with a camera, a street food connoisseur. I love street markets, alleyways (in the daytime) and getting utterly and comp... read more

AsiaLaos4 days / August 2019

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!

  • Packing tips?

    Light clothes as its a warm and likely humid destination. Bring good walking shoes too.

  • Transportation Tips?

    The local tuk tuks are a fantastic way to travel.

  • Any surprises?

    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.

Lodging

  • 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.