Suggested schedule in Luang Prabang, Laos in the crowded season (Part 1)


Tips for a good schedule in Luang Prabang, Laos in order to have the best time in this wonderful country.

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Day 1: Visit temples and shopping

Wat Bang Phra @ Wikipedia


Luang Prabang means the city of Phra Bang Phra Buddha, which is believed to protect the city from the 14th century. When the warrior Fa Ngum married the Khmer princess, he was crowned king of the Angkorian empire. Give this treasure. She was taken to and from Bangkok and Luang Prabang during the war with Siam (now Thailand). From 2013, the statue is placed in Haw Pha Bang of the Royal Palace.

The Royal Palace costs 30,000 Kip, built during the French colonial period from 1904 to 1909, blended with both Lao and French architectural styles. The building impresses with the three-headed elephant standing under the cloak or the room placed inlaid with gold inlaid mahogany. Do not forget to look at the vintage car collection with the royal logo on the doors and the table. Opposite the palace is the road to Phousi (Mount Phousi) 20,000 Kip is the best place to watch the sunset.

Next, to Wat Mai Palace, the entrance fee of 20,000 Kip, built in 1788, is the place for important ceremonies for the city during the traditional Lunar New Year.

On the way along Sisavangvong Peninsula, try some of the street side restaurants to sample and enjoy the artifacts at Artisans cafe. Continue to the peninsula you will pass the French-built school with ancient architecture, Hotel Villa Santi and Three Nagas Hotel have some old Citroën and Mercedes parked outside. Stop at Wat Sene from the 18th century (free admission) to understand more about the Lao people’s faith. The next temple dates back to the 16th century, Wat Xieng Thong (20,000 Kip admission pass), which was described by Auguste Pavie, the first French deputy consul in Luang Prabang. “The temple is famous for its three-storeyed curved roofs. and evoke the image of the bird is preparing to launch wings. Try to find pictures of the Tree of Life in the mosaic on the wall and many other images related to King Sisavang Vong.

Opposite Wat Xieng Thong is the Queen Design Store, where you can buy Hmong handmade gowns and the Article 22 Shop selling jewelry made from bomb shrapnel or adjacent to the Noi store. basket and bag from the Kham community living in the area called Sam Neua.

Lunch at L’Elephant Vert is an ideal choice with a set menu of 100,000 Kip serving fresh tomatoes, cilantro, and mustard, or at the lovely Cafe Toui with souisi pa (freshly cooked with coconut milk soup cinnamon, red peppers for about 40,000 Kip, Cuban mojito, mint leaves made from Laos will be perfect.


After lunch, walk out of L’Elephant Vert where you can meet Gallery Asiama where Southeast Asian apparels are marketed by Dr. Linda S McIntosh, along with Alain Ménoni showcasing and selling Pictures of Laos are very impressive.

Back on the main road, you’ll find the Ock Pop Tok Heritage store selling vintage “Lao” clothing and the Passa Paa shop selling modern, but indigenous handbags.

For a more tranquil Luang Prabang night, board the Bounmi boat cruising down the Mekong (from 160,000 Kip) to enjoy the exotic dishes but the red Lao Lao (rice wine made from sticky rice). At sunset, the night market has chicken and grilled fish skewers ranging from 10,000 to 50,000 Kip, noodles from 15,000 Kip and coconut sweets from 8,000 Kip. If you do not choose a yacht dinner in Tangor and finally find yourself a corner of the cocktail at Club Icon is also quite an ideal choice.

Day 2: Eat and drink and music

Handing out the food to the monks @ Wikipedia 

Wake up early to join the traditional ceremony: handing out food to the monks. There are about 35 watts (pagodas) in this metropolis and every morning, monks go begging through the streets to receive food prepared by the people. You should pay attention not to affect this ritual as trying to take souvenirs or interfere with the activities of monks and people.

The morning market is open from 6.30 am to 10 am. There is an opportunity to interact with locals and find scallops, popcorn, beef, lamb, betel and live toad.

To explore and experience the cuisine of Laos, visitors can register for a cooking class at Living Land, just 5 km from Luang Prabang and experience a 250,000 Kip field experience. Lunch at Khaiphaen restaurant with laap, minced chicken with chopped vegetables and mint, and pannacotta – a pudding with extra ingredients are palm leaf

To be continued…

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