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5 Most Exciting Things to Do in Luang Prabang for Travel Geeks - The heart of Laos

Often called the Heart of Laos, Luang Prabang is famed for scenic and gorgeous countryside views spanning across the majestic Mekong River. Read on to check out the best things to do during your time here.

1

Climb Phousi Mountain

Phousi Mountain is one of the main attractions in Luang Prabang. Getting to the top will require a bit of a walk especially to get to the viewing platform, but once there, you can enjoy some truly breathtaking views of the city below. There is also a small temple, located on the top of the summit that is worth checking out as well.

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Tour Wat Manorom

Said to be one of the oldest temples in Luang Prabang, Wat Manoram features as one of the star attractions in Luang Prabang. The signature feature of the temple is the main ordination hall also known as a sim in Lao. Inside it, you will find a majestic statue of bronze Buddha, which is said to date back to 1372, although it has been restored several times over the decades. Getting to the Wat is rather an adventure in itself, and is a great opportunity to really immerse yourself in the local culture while walking through the twisting streets to get to the main courtyard so the temple. A visit here is a definite must among other things to do in Luang Prabang.

3

Make your way to Kuang Si Waterfalls

One of the highlights of a trip to Luang Prabang is the opportunity to take in the beautiful Kuang Si Waterfalls. To reach this attraction, you can choose to cycle there on a rented bike or sign up for a tour. Upon reaching, you will have to trek through a lush jungle to take in the different falls which can be taken in stages. The plunge pools at the base of the falls are ideal to dive into especially if you are feeling tired and hot after the tiring hike. Do consider packing a picnic lunch to enjoy in between swimming in the stunning blue waters of the falls. Many accommodation options including the hotels like Avani+ Luang Prabang will be more than happy to arrange a visit upon guest requests.

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Admire the stunning Wat Xieng Thong

No doubt Luang Prabang is renowned for its monasteries, and none other than Wat Xieng Thong. This particular temple is known for its expansive ordinations halls and the walls adorned with intricate mosaics. There are also a number of smaller chapels and stupas on the property, which means that you will need to allocate several hours to really explore and take in everything.

5

Take a cooking class

Wish to learn how to make some delicious Laotian dishes, then you can easily take cooking classes during your holiday here. While there are plenty of different places when you can enroll, the most famous is Tamarind, which features a lovely open kitchen that overlooks lush rice fields.