Top 6 things to do in Luang Prabang
1, Visit Elephant Village of course!
What trip to the “Land of a Million Elephants” would it be if you never even went to see these wonderful animals up close and personal!
We make sure to always keep the welfare of the elephants and staff as a top priority. You can find out more about the work.
2, Visit Kuang Si Waterfalls
A seriously beautiful natural waterfalls located about 30 km outside of Luang Prabang.
Most people will decide to get a Tuk Tuk there for around 200,000 Kip; but the more adventurous among you can actually get a bicycle and ride it. of course takeing the minivan by buying the ticket from our Laos Group Tour office is the most reasonable price (Only 50,000kip about 5.5 usd)
Just remember to bring swimming suites, some of water and something to cover your head as well because it can get very hot
Whilst you are there, you can also visit the nearby butterfly farm which is beautifully designed and kept by a couple of local expats and their local Lao staff.
3, Learn how to make a knife
Something that may not be on most travelers radar, is to learn the traditional ways to make a knife from a local expert or you can book your tour Making a knife half day tour
4, Check out the UXO (Un-exploded Ordinance) center
Laos has the unfortunate record of being one of the most heavily bombed countries on Earth due the secret war that ran parallel to the Vietnam war.
One of the legacies of this is vast amount of un-exploded bombs littered around the country, but mainly located in the Xieng Khoung and Huaphan Provinces on the Vietnamese border.
You can see some of the work that UXO organisation is involved in and perhaps get a better understanding about the country in general.
5, Giving alms and morning market
Of course, the obligatory Alms giving ceremony.
Every morning, long lines of saffron robed monks will walk all around Luang Prbang collecting food and other offerings from both tourists and the locals.
However there are a few things to bear in mind:
The local people who do this every morning must be respected. They are very devout and it is not respectful to just treat the whole process as a thing to check off your list.
- The monks must not be interrupted during it and women must refrain from touching them.
- Don’t stand in front of them with your camera just snapping away. These real people and it is not a zoo.
- If you wish to participate; it would be a good idea to ask your hotel or guesthouse to prepare some sticky rice or snacks for you to give. Dress respectfully and do not just show up in a “I went tubing in Vang Vieng” vest.
- Have a read through this list made by the government, of things to keep in mind when visiting.
6, Get a traditional Lao massage / Learn some Yoga!
Although we can’t really recommend any particular place to get a massage in town; there are a great many that offer some very good massages at reasonable rates, (not to mention the health benefits!).
A word of warning here though: The traditional Lao massage can be quite strong, so it may be worth telling your masseuse to start off gentle and then work up to the full body contortions!
Yoga is also a really amazing way to get your body in top shape and also to get it into sync with your mind. You want to consider practicing at home first before you really jump into it.
However if you already have a base and want to get started right away, you can always head over to Utopia bar to enjoy the river front view as you stretch in the morning! (Check out their schedule here).
So there you have, a quick list of some great things to do when in this beautiful city.
There many other things to do of course, but this is just a small list to help get you on your way. You are also very welcome to our Laos Group Tours office to say hello and our staff are wonderful talkers and love every opportunity to talk with foreigners, (you may even get a local tip or two if you ask them :)).