Luang Prabang, Laos is often described as a hidden jewel. Lao’s first UNESCO heritage site is a place to kick back and take life in the slow lane.
Here are the Must Do’s in Luang Prabang Laos
Kuang Si Falls ⇑
Located only 45 minutes outside of Luang Prabang sits this famous waterfall. The three tiered waterfalls hidden in the jungle cascade down each level creating natural infinity pools. You can easily spend the day here swimming in pools, jumping off trees, and pretending to be Jane or Tarzan.
‘Zen by day, Groovy by night’ is Utopias motto and the perfect way to describe it. Not only does the food menu have a wide variety, including many vegetarian options but its also delicious!! Read a book, play some cards, or sip a hand crafted cocktail as you lounge on the deck and watch the Nam Khan River flow by. Utopia embodies the Lao saying of PDR – ‘Please don’t Rush’. It even offers yoga at sunrise and sunset. Check out there website here.
Engage with the Locals
The Laotian people are some of the friendliest people I’ve met and I encourage you to talk with them as they have stories to tell and don’t always get heard. The second night in Luang Prabang my boyfriend, myself, and our new friends set out after dinner in search of some authenticity and boy did we find it. No more than 50 meters down a back road off the main drag until we walked past a restaurant where three local men who were having a great time invited us over to talk story and drink some beer. Lots of stories and laughs were exchanged that night. Although somethings you can’t neccassarly plan, the genuine, inviting, and kind nature of the Lao people is something I’m sure you will find.
Giving Alms to the Monks ⇑
Every morning locals rise early to give alms (take bat) to the monks and show their appreciation. The monks only eat before sunrise and the food is all donation from the alms they received that morning. I have read about tourists participating in tak bat as being controversial as some in the past were being disrespectful so I was a little hesitant to try. But after having a beautiful conversation with some local Laotians the night before, they encouraged and insisted that I NOT miss out on this experience.
Hand Crafts Night Market
The night market of Luang Prabang is not like most markets you will find in SouthEast Asia. This market is filled with hand woven linens, jewelry, and other hand crafts making it more authentic and one of my favorites in Asia. Although the tourists still outnumber the locals, it still as a genuine feel.