Top things to do in Luang Prabang

Travelling in Luang Prabang 
Tuk tuk is the most saving transport mean when you travel in a crowded group. For this transport, you can ask the driver for discount. Another common way to travel is hiring bike to ride around the city at the pride of 1USD/day or a mountain bike of 2 or 3USD/day. 
There are various types of accommodation in Luang Prabang including hotels, motels and resorts at the rate from 10USD/night for one or many people. It is not difficult to find a good accommodation. 

Attractions in Luang Prabang

1. Luang Prabang Old Town 
The best way to visit the houses with traditional architectures of Laos here is walking or riding bikes. Almost hotels, resorts or cafes are gathered around the city, so it is not necessary to use any sophisticated transport mean.  There is no modern house or any houses of more than 2 floors. 
 
Luang Prabang with The Old Town.
Luang Prabang with The Old Town.

2. Pak Ou Cave 
Pak Ou Cave or the Buddhist Cave is said to be the attraction that should not be ignored in Luang Prabang. To reach the site, you have to conquer a distance of around 25 km along Mekong River. Thousands of Buddhist statues inside the cave create a wonderful landscape.
 
3. Luang Prabang Markets 
There around 3 markets surrounding Luang Prabang Citadel, but the most popular one is the night market located near by the centre street. Different from other markets, Luang Prabang Night Market is flooded with silver souvenirs and traditional products. This is an ideal place for you to buy gifts for your family and friends. Besides, others interesting things can be found in Hmong Market, opening at day time to sell paintings about the city, painted by local artists.
 
The night market with variety of traditional things and souvenirs.
The night market with variety of traditional things and souvenirs.
 
4. Laos’s cuisine 
The foods here are said to be tasty, fresh and cheap. Some specialties of the locals are available for sales in the city at affordable prices. Besides, Laos’s coffee is also a famous drink over the world. Coming to this city, sipping a cup of coffee in a small café would be an unforgettable experience. Along two sides of Mekong River, there are a lot of restaurants with the combined style of Laos and French cuisines.
 
5. Whisky Village
On the way to Pak Ou Cave, you will see Whisky Village, which is the stop for boats and ships before continuing their routine. The famous specialty of the village is the local whisky wine or immersion wine with snake, insects mixed with whisky and sold in bottle of unique shapes. The Lao’s silks made by hand and other kinds of cloths are also the attractive products to tourists coming here.

6. Phu Si Mountain 
Phu Sy Mountain, which is better known as Chomsy Hill is the place where you can climb to its top (300 steps) to admire the beauty of the whole city. There is a pretty temple on the mountain peak which can be reached by two ways, one is the main way of the city and one is the trail behind the Museum of Ethnic. Afternoon, before sunset is said to be the ideal moment to climb to the mountain. 
 
7. Pagodas and temples 
There are more than 30 pagodas and temples located in the city of Luang Prabang. One of the best well-known is Mai Pagoda on the main road of the city. There are quite a lot of schools for young cloisters where they can learn about carpentry, lacquer and English.

8. Kuang Si Waterfalls
Kuang Si Waterfall, which is also known as Kuang Xi or Tat Kuang Si is a complex of 3 waterfalls, about nearly 30km from the centre of Luang Prabang. This is one of the most favourite destinations for tourists coming to Laos. The main fall is of around 60m high, falling down creating small lakes which look like natural swimming pools. In the past, this attraction is free for tourists but now, it takes you some entrance fee serving as fund for maintaining and preserving it. In this area, there is also a reservation area for bear with some rare individuals of bear.
 
Kuangsi Waterfalls owns an emerald water all-year-round.
Kuangsi Waterfalls owns an emerald water all-year-round.
 
9. Xieng Thong Pagoda
Serving as one of the oldest and most important pagodas in Luang Prabang, Xieng Thong Pagoda was built in 1560. Entrance fee for visitors is 5.000 Kip (equal to 0.5 USD/person). Yard of the temple is the place with very interesting architecture. Besides, wall paintings of Xieng Thong are also attractive to tourists.
 
10. Elephant riding 
The Elephant Park located around 15km from the city is surrounded with mountains. It takes you around 3 or 4 hours climbing to reach Khammu Elephant Village where you can at the same time ride an elephant and discover the daily life of the locals with their unique culture.
 
Elephant Riding is one of exciting experience in Luang Prabang.
Elephant Riding is one of exciting experience in Luang Prabang.