Luang Prabang, Laos
Luang Prabang is a city full of charm, adventure, culture, and colorful people and places. Luang Prabang has rightfully received the nickname "Jewel of the Mekong." It's a city where the old beautifully meets the new. Some of the must do items include: making your way to the night market for beautiful and bright local products, delicious street food, and fruit shakes, going to Tad Sei Waterfall, elephant jungle tours, canopy ziplines, kayaking the Mekong and trekking to Hilltribe Villages. Luang Prabang should be a top spot on your backpacking trek because there are a variety of options from guest houses to resorts and hotels, or traditional Lao food to European options... Luang Prabang has something for everyone!
What to Do
Sightseeing, Eating, Drinking And Sleeping
Luang Prabang is a beautiful colonial town thats worth spending a good few days in. Xanaya hostel (My Lao Homes) was very clean, cheap and popular with backpackers. Highlights: the waterfalls, you can share a tuk tuk cheaply with other people to get there and back; walking up the hill to the gold pagoda to enjoy the views and Buddhist st ong the way; Wat Xieng Thong temple; shopping for souvenirs at the night market; sampling cheap local food at the night food stall and eating or drinking at any of the numerous places on the riverside, sunset time is best, obvs! The best way to explore the town is on a bike, which you can rent for as little as a few dollars a day.
What to Eat
Luang Prabang offers a variety of food from Western treats to local favorites. The prices of the restaurants offer as great a variety as the genre of taste. Choose to indulge to fine dining with a French influence or taste the delicious local noodle soups and fried rice. Top Western restaurants are: Joma Bakery, Delilahs, and Saffron Coffee and Restaurant serving delicious breakfasts to decadent pastas and desserts for dinner. Local options are everywhere and noodle shops make their home on nearly every corner. Atsalan is a great local noodle shop with a variety of options at a ridiculously cheap price. Eating local Kao Soy is a MUST. Another cultural experience is going to the daily nightmarket and ordering from a buffet of local options. Although there are an abundance of sandwich and fruit shake stands, dont be afraid to venture out and try something new.
Luang Prabang's restaurants are as diverse as the many people that visit it. With so many choices you can't go wrong!
Where to Party
Drinking / Bars / Happy Hours
If you are upset that everything in Luang Prabang (and generally in Laos) closes at 11 pm and you are still up and looking for a good time, take a tuk-tuk and ask for the bowling alley. It's not too hard to notice as everyone leaving the bars in the main area will be doing the same thing. This is the place where everyone that wants to keep going goes to. Buy a bottle of the local whiskey, a couple of cokes and enjoy a drunken bowling night.