Laos Travel : Luang Prabang, Luang Prabang Guide & Tips

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If you’re heading to Luang Prabang, Laos, you’re in for a very special treat.

We have already posted about browsing the amazing markets, things to do and excursions from Luang Prabang and adventures with food in this UNESCO listed town, but lets have a look at some of the amazing sights you can discover when you head out to explore on foot.

Walking is a great way to explore Luang Prabang as the town is small and compact, you’ll find new delights every few paces, just get lost and enjoy the experience.

This unique town will be one of your highlights of Laos travel

If you’re looking for more Laos travel posts, we have plenty already published about Luang Prabang, Vang Vieng and Vientianne, more are still to come. Just use our search box at the top of the page.

Places To Explore in Luang Prabang, Laos:

Shops and Galleries, Browse and Enjoy

 Luang Prabang, Laos. Traditional Laos costumes in a shop in Luang Prabang

Boutique shops and galleries sell contemporary pieces while the old Laos is seen in some gift shops and market stalls.

You’ll discover shops dedicated to traditional vintage Laos costumes and fabrics, like the one above, stunning pieces representing the many local tribes.

 Shops Luang Prabang. Travel in Laos.

Silver holds a special place in Lao culture, it can keep away evil spirits, bad luck and ill-health.  Young children traditionally wear small items close to their bodies so the silversmiths’ technique is well-developed in Laos and Luang Prabang has long been a centre for this craft.

Traditional woven rice steamers for cooking sticky rice, the delicious Laos speciality

 Shop in Luang Prabang, Laos

You’ll find relics of the war everywhere in the form of recycled and up-cycled bomb casings.

The Old Bridge in Luang Prabang, Test Your Nerve

The old bridge, now used only by motorbikes, was built over a century ago under French rule.

Luang Prabang Laos. The Old Bridge

Test your nerve by crossing the Nam Khan River on the footpaths which run either side of the main motor bridge, one way foot traffic only.

TravelLaos. The old bridge Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang Temples and Monasteries, Explore and Discover

With over 30 temples and monasteries, you will never stop exploring new sites. Check out the largest, most famous religious locations, but try to find the smaller ones too, their beauty is incredible.

Always dress and behave respectfully when visiting religious sites.

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Luang Prabang Laos Stupa


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Wat Mai or New Monastery, above, is one of the biggest and arguably, most beautiful, sites in Luang Prabang. It is on the main road near the night market and Royal Palace.

Bars and Cafesin Luang Prabang, Just Enjoy

After a morning of exploring, find a spot to sit a while. There are no shortage of places to enjoy a coffee, a bite to eat, or even a refreshing ( and remarkably cheap) Beer Laos.

We have to recommend this place, Utopia, for its beautiful riverside terrace and ultra cool decor.

Utopia Liuang Prabang. Travel Laos.

But if the backpacker scene isn’t for you, try the chic cafes and bakeries on the main street.

Food and eating in Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang is a gem of a travel destination, as is all of Laos. It’s a country I’m drawn back to again and again.

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Alyson Long
Alyson Long is a British medical scientist who jumped ship to chase dreams. A former Chief Biomedical Scientist at London's West Middlesex Hospital she started in website creation and travel writing in 2011. Alyson is a full-time blogger and travel writer, a published author, and owns several websites. World Travel Family is the biggest. A lifetime of wanderlust and over 6 years of full-time travel, plus a separate 12 month gap year, has given Alyson and the family some travel expert smarts to share with you on this world travel site. Today Alyson still travels extensively to update this site and continue her mission to visit every country, but she's often at home on her farm in Australia.

5 thoughts on “Laos Travel : Luang Prabang, Luang Prabang Guide & Tips”

  1. I only left Laos to come to the states two years ago and boy do I miss it.

  2. Hi! Great post! my family will be traveling to Laos soon from Thailand. I was wondering if you are taking malaria pills while you are there? I am not quite sure if they are needed? Thanks for your feedback! Keep up the great posts!

    • No, we didn’t Gina, but I think they are recommended. Because we travel long term, we can’t take them and I figure if we’re avoiding mozzies for Dengue anyway, we may as well be extra careful and avoid the malaria ones. But it is a risk and your personal comfort level should be the decider.


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