French Luang Prabang and Laos video.
*Here’s our video from 1 month in Laos*
Luang Prabang is for many travelers the most beautiful city in Asia. French influence means lots of sandwiches, coffee and croissants 🙂
We came to Luang Prabang during Lao new Year or ‘Pi Mai’. I must say it was crazy! Water and beer everywhere, not to mention the local alcohol made from sticky rice ‘lao lao‘. And it lasted for 4 days! the prices during these times were sky high and if you didn’t book your accommodation, you had a really hard time looking for a place. Imagine walking around with your backpack and people are pouring water on you :/
Accommodation in Luang Prabang
Now Luang prabang is calm and hot. April is the hottest month in Laos. Guesthouses are not so cheap and it seems like 50.000 LAK is the cheapest you can get for 2 (shared bathroom) like Sysomphone guesthouse. There are several beautiful guesthouses in the city with accordingly beautiful prices 🙂
Food in Luang Prabang
There are sandwich stalls in the night market from 6 am to 22 pm where you can get an avocado sandwich for 10.000 LAK and mixed sandwiches for 15.000 LAK. There are two ‘all you can eat one plate’ streets for 15.000 LAK (first left from the sandwich stalls) or 10.000 LAK (further in the city). In the evening you can get all sorts of street food for budget travelers like noodle soup, fresh spring rolls or coconut cakes. Bamboo restaurant has delicious food and the prices are cheap, Dyen Sabai is much advertised but overrated with very small happy hour cocktails.
What to do in Luang Prabang
There is tons of activities and all is limited to your budget. Here are some recommendations for those who are traveling on a low budget (you can always splurge in you want to):
- food offerings for monks in the early morning, around 6 am. Be careful of the ladies who will give you rice to participate and then want money from you.
- temple hopping. There are loads of temples, most of them free but the bigger ones have 20.000 LAK admission fee (like Wat Xien Toung, which is free after sunset – some monks are happy to talk and practice their English)
- Chomsy hill. Admission fee 20.000 LAK.
- watching the sunset by the Mekong river (this is not for those on a really tight budget but if you’re really hungry, there are lots of ‘all you can eat’ barbecue restaurants for 60.000 LAK)
- bicycling trough the cute streets of old city in Luang Prabang (most places rent bicycles for 20.000 LAK but you can get a bicycle for 10.000 LAK if you go from the beginning of the night market to the Mekong river and turn left and left again around 2 streets later)
- Kuang Si waterfalls which are the most beautiful waterfalls in Asia. You can bargain for 25.000 LAK/per person if you are around 6 people (you can always wait for more).
- one of the cheapest massages in Asia is opposite the national museum. 40.000 LAK for some serious muscle massage. Not for the lighthearted 🙂