[ 10 things to do in Luang Prabang ]

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"Luang Prabang" is a city in Lan Chang Style. Since the foundation of the city, it was call Chawa and change to Chiang Thong. Then King Phraphothisan relocated Prabang of Vieng Kam to the capital Chiang Thong, since then the city was named "Luang Prabang". Alright this a short brief about the history of "Luang Prabang" name.

"Luang Prabang" is also registered as World Heritage Site as there are many ancient places, temples and colonial house style. The city located beside Kong River and Kan River, all villagers are very nice and kind.

Let's get to the point, this review is to tell you about 10 things to do in Luang Prabang...

1. Phrathat Phusi/ Luang Prabang Viewpoint/ Sunset Point

“Phrathat Phusi" is one of interesting places in Luang Prabang where people can go up there for Buddha pray and see a 360 degree of Luang Prabang View. The highlight is the top of Phrathat and you can see Kan River and all unique style of villagers houses with mountain background. And Kong River that flow through the city. In the evening, here is also one of the most beautiful Sunset Point in the world.

" The same as the real place even in the photo"

" Last light of the day "

==> Location : The city centre of Luang Prabang (Dark Market)

==> Opening time : All day

==> Entrance fee : 20,000 Kips (80-90 THB)

2. Biking or walling around old building

The building designed since French Colonial Period (WW II) which is style keep western style of architecture. Nowadays, it becomes government office, hotels and shops. Moreover, there are also houses in original Lan Chang Style.

==> Location : Around the city

==> Opening time : All day

==> Entrance fee : Free

3. Wat Chiang Thong

Wat Chiang Thong is an ancient temple which was built in 1560 by King Chaiyachetthatirat. It is a temple with original Lan Chang Architecture and very beautiful. It is a place where you should not miss.

==> Location : The northern part of the city beside Kong River

==> Opening time : 8.00-17.00 hrs.

==> Entrance fee : 20,000 Kips (80-90 THB)

4. Ting Cave or Pak Au Cave

Ting Cave is a holy place of Buddhism and where they found Buddha Image more than 2,500 pieces which made from wood, silver and gold. People come here to pray to Buddha especially during Laos's New Year when people are coming to spring water to Buddha for their luckiness at Top Ting Cave and Below Ting Cave. Then they will go to Wat Pak Au Cave for Buddha water pouring which not too far from Ting Cave. We need to use flashlight to get in.

==> Direction : Recomended to buy a join tour package about 50,000++ Kips

==> Location : Inside a big mountain beside Kong River and opposite of Baan Pak Au

==> Opening time : 8.00-17.00 hrs.

==> Entrance fee : 20,000 Kips (80-90 THB)

5. Dark Market Luang Prabang

This is the highlight of Luang Prabang at night. It is a walking street where many local products are selling such as handmade, art and silver products. For pricing, you should use your negotiation and bargain skills.

==> Location : In front of the old palace Sri Sawang Wong Road

==> Opening time : 17.00-22.00 hrs.

==> Entrance fee : Free

" The city of mountains, rivers and friendly people = Luang Prabang"

6. Luang Prabang Palace (Museum)

The building in French style with Laos style roof and face to Phrathat Phusi located on the high area. The building with colonial art mixed with Lan Chang Style. Over all is quite a shady area.

==> Location : In front of the old palace Sri Sawang Wong Road

==> Opening time : In the morning opens 8.00 - 11.30hrs. and ticket office close at 11.00 hrs. In the afternoon opens 13.30 - 16.00hrs. and ticket office close at 15.30hrs.

==> Entrance fee : Free for outside and 30,000 Kips (130-140 THB) for inside

7. Try local food

Below are some suggestion menus that you should try:

1. Papaya Salad and Grilled Chicken Soi Street food (Dark Market)

Mainly are grilled food and tasty papaya salad.

==> Location : The last shop on Street food

==> Opening Time : 17.00-22.00hrs.

==> Entrance fee : Free

==> Price per head : 100 THB++

2. Laos grilled sticky rice with eggs

It is also very tasty

==> Location : Morning market (there is only one shop)

==> Opening Time : 05.00-08.00 hrs.

==> Entrance fee : Free

==> Price per head : 2,000 Kips (8-9 THB) per piece

3. Prachaniyom Coffee shop

The old coffee shop of Luang Prabang, there is the highlight of delicious congee and beverages such as coffee, hot tea, Milo, Ovaltine and bread sticks. Another recommended that you should not miss.

==> Location : Near Morning market located at the corner in front of Kong River

==> Opening Time : 0ุ6.00-10.00 hrs.

==> Price per head : 10,000++ Kips (50++ THB)

4. Khao Piek or Vietnamese Noodle

It is very famous in Luang Prabang and very tasty.

==> Location : Opposite Wat Hua Chiang on Jao Fah Ngum Road

==> Opening Time : 08.00-17.00 hrs.

==> Price per head : Small size 10,000 Kips, Big size 15,000 Kips (45-60 THB)

5. Khanom Krok

The gimmick is fresh cooking, using banana leafs and tasty not too sweet.

==> Location : The entrance of Street food (Dark Market)

==> Opening Time : 18.00-22.00 hrs.

==> Price per head : 5,000 Kips (20-25 THB)

6. Beerlao

7. Joma Bakery Cafe Luang Prabang

It is a famous coffee shop in Luang Prabang. If you have no place to go before going to the airport, this is a good place for you with air-condition and free WiFi.

==> Location : Opposite Wat Hua Chiang on Jao Fah Ngum Road Soi Joma

==> Opening Time : 08.00-20.00 hrs.

==> Price per head : 10,000++ Kips (50++ THB)

8. Morning Market

It just likes fresh market in suburb provinces, you might see some kinds of vegetables or animal that you have never seen before.

==> Location : Opposite Luang Prabang Public Library

==> Opening Time : 05.00-09.00 hrs.

==> Entrance fee : Free

9. Tat Kwang Si Waterfall

The waterfall is 30 KM. away from Luang Prabang. It is the most beautiful waterfall in Luang Prabang and it is not too far from the entrance. There is bear centre where all rescued bear stay and some the entrance fee is to help the centre. The falls is very beautiful with clear emerald water which you can see through fishes at the bottom.

==> Direction : Recommended to buy joined trip 50,000++ Kips

==> Opening Time : 06.00-17.00 hrs.

==> Entrance fee : 20,000 Kips (80-90 THB)

10. Give food to Monks

The beautiful way of life in Luang Prabang is when we see people with their sticky rice container and waiting for monks in an early morning. For anyone who would like to join this activity, you have to wake up early and go to walking street (Dark Market) and wait for monks.

"The city of Slow Life"

Nice to know !!!

==> At Luang Prabang, we can pay in Thai curency but not recommended because we are adverse

==> If you are traveling by plane, get exchange money at the airport you will get a better rate than in the city

==> From the airport, there is a service bus to the city centre at 50,000 Kips (250 THB) per person

==> Laos people can understand Thai

==> Most of products are imported from Thailand so the price will be a littble bit more expensive

==> Hotel, there are many rate and level. For cheap hotel, I would recommended Soi Joma and near by. Hotel in old town area or near tourist attraction places where you can just walk to the place around the city

==> Ting cave and Tat Kwang Si waterfall you can buy joined tour package it will be cheaper

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