One of the first things that came to our mind when planning for this trip was: what to see and do in Luang Prabang? With so many choices and options, I have narrowed them down to only 12 things you should do when you visit Luang Prabang. This list is compiled based on my personal experience and consists of places that I highly recommend visiting.
Besides Kuang Si Waterfalls, Pak Ou Caves is one of the most common destinations that travellers in Luang Prabang visit. We’ve seen photos and videos of Pak Ou Caves and we were so eager to see the caves in person.
Honestly, there are probably too many waterfalls in Luang Prabang! There are Kuang Si, Tad Sae, and Tad Thong. With our limited time and unlimited curiosity, we decided to visit only one waterfall during this trip. It was Kuang Si Waterfalls, no doubt!
We were so lucky that our trip to Luang Prabang coincided with the Boun Lai Heua Fai Festival. We had no idea about this festival when we booked the flight ticket. We have never attended any festivals when we travel overseas, so this experience is truly one of a kind for us.
Throughout the five days we spent in Luang Prabang, we always try to eat local food. Most of the time, we had amazing experience eating cheap, authentic local food. Sometimes, though, we had uninspiring food and vowed we wouldn’t return again to that shop.
The quiet town of Luang Prabang doesn’t have shopping malls. Locals and foreigners buy food and do shopping at the local markets and shops. The night market and morning market are located nearby each other, at the heart of the town. Our guesthouse is located within walking distance from both markets, so we visited them on a daily basis and loved them!
“Oh, no, we’re doomed!” This is precisely what crossed my mind when I realised how bad the SGD/LAK exchange rate at Luang Prabang International Airport is. You don’t want to make the same mistake as me. Let me show you what you need to know before arriving at Luang Prabang.
In April 2017, SilkAir announced cheap flights to many destinations, and the prices start from SGD 99 onwards. I went to the roadshow and was disappointed because they had closed the admission to the roadshow due to overwhelming response. The staff said we could also book from their travel agent partners. A bulb was lighted!
We were so thrilled to finally visit Laos for the first time! Instead of the capital city, Vientiane, we opted for Luang Prabang instead, because it’s a town designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.