Family-Friendly Guide to Exploring Luang Prabang, Laos
Luang Prabang is the perfect anecdote to busy city life – a quiet destination with excellent infrastructure, including wonderful hotels and restaurants. The laidback, welcoming atmosphere is not a place for the hurried traveler but rather exemplary of slow travel. It is also a fun, French-inspired city to visit with family, oozing with activities for all ages. I recommend traveling in the winter (December-February) to enjoy the cool mountain air and the slow pace of life.
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Where to stay around Luang Prabang, Laos
In Luang Prabang’s Old City, this former royal palace retains a stately air and has a welcome pool and spa.
A 60-minute Indochina massage for two in Satri House Spa.
The Apsara Rive Droite
Nam Khan River sanctuary set around a refreshing pool and lush gardens. Hotel boat The Apsarian Queen is available for river cruises!
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Things to do around Luang Prabang, Laos
Luang Prabang, Laos is not a place to do anything in particular. Instead, it is a destination for leisurely travel. Enjoy the city as you walk around, savor cool mountain weather and eat excellent food – thanks to the French influence. Everything shuts down at 11 pm, so it is by definition a sleepy mountain town, but that is its charm. While there is plenty to do in Luang Prabang city alone, if you’re looking to venture out a bit, the following are the big “must” destinations:
Kuang Si Falls
These azure blue, three-tiered falls are located just outside the city. The beautiful cascading water against the mountainside is definitely worth the little road trip.
Mekong River Cruise
Looking for a leisurely afternoon or sunset? Take an all-inclusive riverboat cruise on the river. Enjoy the time on the water and a new perspective of Luang Prabang from the water.
Pak Ou Caves
Overlooking the Mekong River, these ancient caves are noted for their miniature Buddha sculptures. Hundreds of small, wooden Buddhist figures are laid out over the wall shelves. This is a great place to come and make a spiritual offering and reconnect with ancestral wisdom.
Luang Praband Royal Palace Museum
Built in 1904, back when Laos was still a French colony, this palace once served as the residence of King Sisavang Vong and his family. Today it hosts an array of royal artwork, as well as murals and even the original furniture from the palace. Wander around to learn more about the colonial history of Laos.
This is a true must-see destination with 360-degree views of the city and a temple at the top. The hill is a popular place to watch the sunset. But be vary because the narrow platform fills up quickly and gets pretty crowded.
Places to Eat & drink around Luang Prabang, Laos
Paste at the Apsara: A fine dining establishment featuring creative, plant-based dishes adhering to authentic Laos recipes.
Dyen Sabai: This restaurant is a lovely destination for lunch within its enchanted forest space, serving rustic local delicacies. It is a true fan favorite!
Icon Klub: This fun bar is a real gem hidden behind an eclectic facade and serving a killer absinthe martini. Cheers!
Tangor: One of the most famous establishments in town, this lunch and dinner spot serves overall international cuisine with a French twist as a nod to its colonial past.
L'Elephant: This local bistro is an often tourist-favorite serving authentic French cuisine like onion soup.
3 Nagas: A swanky hotel with a lovely restaurant serving local Lao cuisine with vibrant music and overall festive vibes. The perfect spot to experience Laos in all of its glory.
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