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10 Things to do in Luang Prabang – An exciting Lao adventure!

A paradise was created in ancient times on the peninsula formed by the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers. The town, now called Luang Prabang is a place of historical value with much to see and do, here are a few suggestions;

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The 360º view from Phousi Mountain

Since the town itself is located by the side of a mountain, obviously the first thing to do once you arrive in Luang Prabang is to climb the Phousi Mountain. There is no need to worry about tiring your feet too much as the path leading to the peak of the mountain is less arduous than you think. Climb up the 355 steps and you will find yourself at the ultimate viewing point in the centre of the town. Here's that awesome panoramic view of Luang Prabang you've been searching for!

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Explore the temples

Stroll through the wondrous temples in town and enrich your knowledge on Buddhism and the richness of the unique culture that exists in this small town. An interesting place that cannot be overlooked is Wat Xieng Thong which was the palace in which the traditional royal coronations took place in the past. A striking feature seen in temples in Luang Prabang temples is the golden embellishments with baroque mosaics that mirror the Buddhist culture.

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Visit the milky waterfalls

Of all the things to do In Luang Prabang, one of the most fun activities would be to visit the many cascading waterfalls in town. One of the most popular waterfalls is Kuang Si Waterfalls. Getting here is no difficult task, hop a tuk-tuk or ride a bicycle all the way here. The visit will not disappoint with its amazing plunge pool and other smaller pools that are perfect for some splashy fun! The kelly tinged water is nothing less than mesmerizing! The sight is sure to leave you in awe so better take a snap to capture the beauty!

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The morning ritual

If you happen to be out on streets early enough, you are sure to witness the peaceful sight of tangerine robed monks walking along the pavement one behind the other for their morning alms observance. It is quite refreshing to watch as they pass by with the contrasting stark white temple wall setting the perfect background brightening up the whole scene even more!strong text

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Enjoy coolers by the river

Sightseeing in the warm climate is no easy task and is sure to wear you out badly halfway through the day. At this time, the best place to unwind would be the comfortable haven called the Utopia bar that provides a brilliant view of the River Nam Khan. Relax on the cosy cloth mats and unwind with an iced beverage to replenish your energy.

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Farmer for a day

Ever thought of playing the role of a rice farmer even in your wildest dreams? Well, Luang Prabang is a place where even the wildest dream can come true! So, spend a whole day at Living Land Rice Farm and go through a crash course on the 13 stages in rice productions, crushing sugar cane for juice, forging tools and even learn to weave bamboo from the locals. Also, if you don't mind some fun in the mud, try out ploughing the field with buffaloes. But be warned! The mud is no less than knee deep here!

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A taste of Lao

The experience in Luang Prabang is not complete without a giving your taste buds a tour of Lao cuisine! You can either venture out in the streets and try out the dishes in places like Lao Lao Garden and Tamarind Restaurant or perhaps enjoy a cosy Lao meal in the hotel you are accommodated in, for example, AVANI+ Luang Prabang. Either way, the unique flavours of the local delicacies is sure to keep your taste buds wanting more!

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Hit the night market

The night markets as always are intriguing to visitors in Luang Prabang. It is rather adventurous to explore the night market in this small town and admire the trinkets that are up for sale. What's more, you will find exciting souvenirs to purchase at fairly cheap rates! Some interesting items to look for would be the unique umbrellas and elephants moulded out of bombs from the Vietnam war.

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The countryside by boat

Set out on a voyage by boat on the Mekong River and sail towards the Pak Ou Caves or waterfalls. Visit the local villages and simply marvel at the surroundings and the sight of fisherman hauling in their day's catch! A boat ride on the river is yet another awe-inspiring experience at Luang Prabang!

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Learn more about local folk

Do not hesitate to approach the locals as they are friendly and welcoming to visitors. Also, it is definitely fun to get to know more about the lifestyle of monks in the temples you visit. Becoming a monk is a part and parcel of life in Lung Prabang as young males are sent to the temple to learn the proper way of life and have a better education.

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