What to do if you have one day in Luang Prabang

What to do if you have one day in Luang Prabang

Recognized as a UNESCO Heritage for its combination of world-class comfort and spiritual nourishment, the tiny town of Luang Prabang, the heart of Laos’ culture, is one of the prettiest little cities you can visit in the world.

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Kuang Si Waterfall

Kuang Si Waterfall

Kuang Si Waterfall- source: internet

Situated about a 30-40 minute ride outside of the city, but can easily be accessible by riding a rent motorbike or taking a tuk tuk, the majestic waterfalls of Luang Si are one thing to do in Luang Prabang. With three tiers leading to a 50-meter drop into wonderful azure pools before flowing downstream, Kuang Si Waterfall is the biggest as well as the most breathtaking in the Luang Prabang area. Splendid swimming pools are also favorite spots of both Luang Prabang’s peoples and foreign tourists. If swimming is not your thing, let’s stretch out under the shade of the surrounding lush tropical jungle and have relaxing time seeing others having fun jumping in and out of the clear water. There are also some trails taking you to the top where you can visit some more natural pools and see the stream feeding into the falls. Since the trails can get slippery, you should not forget to bring the correct footwear. The entrance fee is 20,000 kip (~$2.50).

Cooking classes

Cooking class in Luang PrabangCooking class in Luang Prabang

Cooking class in Luang Prabang- source: internet

Luang Prabang, which has long tradition in the arts, especially table arts, is certainly the gastronomic capital of Laos. On your visit to Luang Prabang, you should not miss a chance to savor the typical local dishes, which can be found nowhere else in Laos. Sampling awesome dishes is good but knowing how to cook them yourself is better. Laos travel

Typically, a day class begins with a short yet interesting visit to the local fresh market to buy all ingredients for your upcoming cooking classes. Here, you will also get an introduction to all kinds of herbs and spices essential to Laos’ authentic cuisine. After that, along with the essential sticky rice and jeow (Lao dips), you will join hands in making from four to six other dishes and get the recipe paper to take home. Vegetarians can get recipes altered at all schools. It is best to sign up a day or two in advance as class size is limited. Some restaurants offering their own cooking class are:


Tamarind cooking class

Tamarind cooking class- source: internet

Luang Prabang Markets

Outstanding among 2-3 markets around Luang Prabang town for a wide range of silverware and craft as souvenirs for sale, the Luang Prabang Night Market is the most popular one as well as another must-visit place in town. Moreover, this market features all sorts of goods: clothing, beautiful hand-crafted cards, jewelry, handmade bags, Laos whiskey and much more! Alternatively, if you are seeking for some decent souvenirs, let’s visit the Hmong Market in the day! Let’s do check out some of the local paintings sold around town if art is your thing!

Unlike their Vietnamese, Thai or Chinese neighbors, Laotians have no idea of how to swindle you and no bargaining sense. It is hard to find someone who increases his prices astronomically to take advantage of tourists. Therefore, so as not to aggravate the endemic poverty, you have got to be careful not to bargain under their cost prices.

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