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Unique things to do in Luang Prabang – Fall in love with Luang Prabang’s mystical beauty

It isn't possible to visit Luang Prabang and not feel like you have stepped into a haven of tranquillity. The monks, the smiling locals and natural beauty justify a traveller's enthusiasm for a visit.

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Explore the temples

Exploring the temples in a place like Luang Prabang should be obvious; nevertheless, it has to be mentioned on a list of things to do in Luang Prabang. What differentiates Luang Prabang from other Asian cities is the palpable mysticism that can be felt throughout the city, this is down to the 34 temples that are still in operation; with their glided roofs, pillars and motifs, they are eye candy too. Whether or not you are spiritual, walking around these temple grounds are a must.

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Visit the Luang Prabang Night Market

One of the quintessential features in any south Asian city is its night markets, and Luang Prabang stays true to that theory as well. The city is dotted with colourful, vibrant night markets that come into action in the evening. Vendors, including hill-tribe traders, gather at these markets to sell their usual produce; the products sold at the market include jewellery, clothing, handcrafted items, wood carvings and various other trinkets. A market you must visit is the Luang Prabang night market, and it operates between 5.00 pm and 11.00 pm; it is the ideal place for you to take pictures of the local life as well.

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Sample food at Buffet Street

Found right beside the Luang Prabang Night Market is Buffet Street which is a dream come true for backpackers. It is a narrow laneway lined with a wide range of street food from meat dishes to vegetarian delights. Choose your pick from the range of food available, crack a beer can and sit down with the locals and enjoy the night while tasting delicious Luang Prabang food.

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Watch the alms giving ceremony

This is a unique sight to be witnessed; early in the morning, you see orange-clad monks attending to their morning alms collection routine. At dawn, monks file through the city to collect the food donations given to them by the locals. This is an intricate part of Laos culture, and a necessary tourist encounter to be had on your trip.

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Watch the sunset

Easily reached from Avani+ Luang Prabang, Mount Phousi dominates the Luang Prabang skyline. Right where Mekong River and Nam Khan river come together, the hill presents you with stunning, panoramic views of golden pagodas engulfed in mist and the rolling acres of the mountainous landscape. It is quite the hike up to the top; there's no denying that, but once you are at the top, you will know that it's all worth it. Mount Phousi is also a popular spot when it comes to marvelling at sunset. Most people climb up the stairs, especially to be witness to the glorious evening sky.

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Kuang Si Waterfall

Being a landlocked country, you don't see many waterfalls in Luang Prabang, which makes Kuang Si Waterfall a rare sight. The azure water cascading from a height of 50 meters is a truly enchanting sight. You can go for a swim and bask in its sublime beauty or climb up to the top. At the entrance, you will also see a small market selling souvenirs and food.

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Take a cooking class

If you've fallen in love with Luang Prabang food, how about you learn to make them? You can do this by taking a cooking class; take home some of the unique recipes and show off your newly-gained culinary skills to your friends and family.

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Cycle through the city

Roads in Luang Prabang are almost always free of traffic, and you should turn this to your advantage – hire a bicycle and go exploring the city; you will discover the beautiful French architecture and mountainous landscapes which will undoubtedly take your breath away.