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.