We made this a base for a multiday bike trip. After we returned did a day trip to see the Buddha caves then visited the Kuangsi Waterfalls which was really wonderful --several Multics tiered waterfalls and nice swimming area.
Also had a bear conservation exhibit that hopefully educates people not to buy bear bile for sham medicinal purposes.
This is a Unesco Heritage site so the town is just lovely. It is the Carmel of Laos. We loved seeing the monks early in the morning, the wats and the highlight was going to an elephant refuge to feed and bath the elephants.
It is a great place to visit, in the city for its UNESCO World Heritage sites and outside the city for outdoor activities (Kuangsi Waterfall, Elephant Camp, Butterfly Park, slow boat ride, Pak Ou Cave Buddhist shrine, etc.
). Highly recommended place to visit, although land routes are marked with numerous potholes from Vientiane through Vang Vieng and fog in the hills/mountains. The road route itself is scenic.
Luang Prabang is a very well developed tourist destination based on the world heritage listed old town, the protection means it has not been spoiled by over development and it still retains a nice small town feel.
The old town itself has a number of things to see including the buildings and the religious sites along with plenty of choices for dining and shopping. In the surrounding area and on the Mekong River there are also plenty of other activities. Well worth a visit.
LP has turned into an overpriced city which seems to charge for just about anything you want to do. It is very easy to spend a lot of money with all the admission fees charged by toilets, temples, museums, etc.
The food range is good, but it is generally overpriced as are most shops. The night market is extensive, but seems to carry the same things which are carried by just about every other night market in SE Asia -- you can bargain very hard and get the price way down because otherwise you will be overpaying -- especially when you go to say Phonsovan where prices are less.
Beautiful city but a lot of trash especiallynear the river, i think the townhall needs to take good care of the city and keep it clean, but unfornately we saw a lot of trash in every town or city in Laos.
We were able to organise trips, travel and activities very easily. We had a great time trekking, on a slow boat up the Mekong, many many restaurants serving delicious food, especially local Laos cuisine.
Luang Prabang is such a tourist trap. Everything is so expansive compare to Vientiane. Everything is designed to get money from tourists, including the temples, restaurants, cafes, bridges.
.. I feel that local people is less friendly and very money-oriented, which are not something I look forward to experience in this country. Perhaps it used to be not like this, but with the rapid development of China and being recognized as the UNESCO world heritage site, things have changed a lot in this small town. Honestly, I would not come back again to this place.
Very unique venue to visit and "stay-awhile". Walk away from the main "touristy" area over the "old bridge" and observe what conditions were really like before the heritage designation.
Friends had already recommended Luang Prabang and I was not disappointed. After the hustle-bustle of cities and the tourist highway of for instance, Siem Reap Luang Prabang is QUIET.
It affords many tours into the countryside - we did a half day on bikes and what amounted to just a little more than an hour or so kayaking. There were lots of chances to visit Elephant Camps but we gave that a pass --- the restaurants were exceptionally good!
Just walk and enjoy al the nature and oud buildings, clean streets, see the beautifull tempels, sit at the mekong Riverside and enjoy daylife on the Mekong and see the sunset.
Firstly, as a solo female traveller, I felt pretty safe in Luang Prabang. I enjoyed my night strolls and even walking from the city all the way to the airport.
You might get a little bothered by the locals selling you local tours, but that's the job I guess, and they're not aggressive. The people are very friendly and courteous. I can't wait to go back.
There is a lot to see in and around Luang Prabang. I stayed at an elephant sanctuary about 30 minutes from the Town Center and loved every minute of it.
The night market is fun and you can bargain. The town is relaxed and peaceful and there is a great restaurant across the bamboo bridge where you can sip on a cocktail and watch the sun go down. I also went to a traditional storytelling theatre with traditional folklore and music. Fun! So much to do with the Pak Ou Caves, Kayaking, Elephants, etc. There is something for everyone here.
This was our second visit to Luang Prabang ... Love the place...awesome night markets...quirky laneways with a lot of accommodation available
It is a place where you can be slow life, enjoy the way local people do, try the local food, visit so many temple around Luang Prabang.
Mature well travelled couple and although the area is stunningly beautiful were disappointed at how touristy and expensive LP was.
There was a fee for everything - to walk over the bamboo bridge, to see a temple. Good food but you have to find it - nothing "real" within the "tourist zone" For less travelled probably have a good time but we are used to Thailand and LP, less friendly and if you were not careful a bit of a rip off. The VIP bus out - glad we have done India- can handle anything!! South Laos was more to our liking.
Luang Prabang is perhaps one of the most beautiful places on this planet. An almost hidden oasis which is simply enchanting.
Extremely small but cute and attractive old city of the world heritage. We can reach everywhere by walk within 10-20 min.
Of course nice for cycling. Foods are mostly the hybrids of European and Asian tastes.
How long you should stay in Luang Prabang is all about personal taste. I have been her many times and sometimes a month.
If you intend to stay and you usually get not bored easily then you will like it. Take some books with you and a tablet. There are so may things to discover, history, markets, nature outside Luang prabang (Elephant Camps). The town has many Temples, monuments, good food, alms giving ceremony, Buddism is deeply rooted in society. People are not in a hurry and have their own regular returnng rituals. In the evening though after 10 everything will be closed. So practically no nightlife (only 2 nightbars). Since 3 months all (but some) restaurant teraces along the Mekong and Nam Khan have disappeared and are gone. This is done by esthetical purposes (Word Heritage site). This could be a draw back for people who have been here earlier, because romantic dining along the riverside is practicly gone.
Unique architecture of all her buildings. Those interested in history. Place for relaxation, shopping, spas and dining.
Local Laotian food and French food
It's a UNESCO city, recommend the early morning alms activity. Try local foods, local lifestyle, it's an active city.
Luang Prabang has a lot to offer to any traveler: Mekong river front, restaurants, spas, waterfalls, elephant's ride.
.. Taking a bicycle to visit the city and surroundings.
Very nice city - although too many tourists like us. Town and surroundings very interesting. Very relaxing site.
It is a lovely city with cultural richness. Nice walking around for sightseeing, particularly cultural aspect.
People are generally friendly. Nice market always look lively, no matter you enjoy shopping or not. Just love it.
You should be relax and dont rush your times in Luang Prabang, this is really a relax place to cool you down.
Very interesting city - waterfall, Mekong, elephant villages, the city itself. Nightlife non existent (curfew.
.), but Utopia bar gives a flavour of fun :)
Ville magique dans les brumes du Mékong, en haut du mont Phou Si et au petit matin pour l offrande aux moines
One of the best cities I have visited in Old Indochina region. Great place to relax, sightseeing, food etc.
It's such a peaceful place surrounded by mountains. It's safe and people are genuinely kind and friendly.
Trips to elephant rides, caves over looking the Mekong River, also waterfall is so pretty. Lots of greens healthy environment.
Nice looking town which leaves you with creepy impression because of how they run things in strange ways.