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Friday, 10 February 2017

Things To Do In Luang Prabang, Laos

1. Visit the Kuang Si Waterfalls 



When visiting Luang Prabang, the Kuang Si Waterfalls, the largest falls in Luang Prabang, should be top of your list. Expect natural waterfalls, azure pools and beautiful clear turquoise water cascading down rocks. There are swimming spots and luscious green tropical trails to walk along, and benches placed in the shade for those who aren't so keen to swim. The falls are dense with greenery and luscious jungle which means the majority of the falls are under shade, making it the perfect spot to escape the heat and humidity for a few hours. When visiting, we took a tuk tuk there, but other alternatives are to rent out a moped and drive there yourself or take a mini-bus or boat ride. There is an admission fee of 20,000 kip (£2.00) which goes towards maintaining the paths and walkways. On your walk to the falls you will also pass through the famous bear sanctuary, where you will have the chance to see two Asian black bears that have been rescued from poachers!
To read all about my experience at the Kuang Si Falls, click here.

2. Relax at Utopia 





Utopia is a bar and restaurant on the riverside that is described as 'zen by day, groovy by night'. Boasting beautiful tropical gardens, riverside decks, a volleyball court and an airy jungle lounge, Utopia has become the number one stop for people travelling through Luang Prabang. In the day you can sit back and relax on the comfy cushions and beds overlooking the riverside, and at night you can expect to dance, drink and mingle with other travellers. Utopia offers a good, diverse menu and the food is very tasty - try one of their fruit shakes to give you an extra boost in the morning! There is a curfew of 11.30pm for all bars in Luang Prabang so make sure you get there early to find a spot and enjoy some drinks. It has become a bit of a trend to visit the bowling alley when Utopia closes - the bowling alley is the only place that stays open later. Find a group (there are always plenty of people flooding there), jump in a tuk tuk and enjoy some drunk bowling!

3. Go to the Handicraft Night Market



Compared to other markets and street events, the Luang Prabang Handicraft Night Market is a lot less crowded and nicer to walk around. The market is pretty big, selling souvenirs from beautifully crafted bags, blankets, lanterns and ash trays to jewellery and clothing - and it's all pretty cheap. The market also offers a range of different foods all of reasonable prices, from your traditional Laos dishes to more Western-based foods. There is a lovely buzz and atmosphere round the market; it's a great chance to try out some new street foods and pick up some handmade gifts. The market takes place between 5pm and 11pm every evening, closing off the whole street to vehicles. Be prepared to barter and haggle prices!

27 comments:

  1. Stunning, absolutely stunning. The waterfall is breathtaking, I'd love to be able to relax beside that x

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  2. Oh my god, this place looks incredible! I want to see so much more of the world, and Laos is now on my list! xx

    Jessie | allthingsbeautiful-x

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  3. Oh my what a beautiful place!! The complete opposite to the view out of my window all miserable gloomy and snowy!!

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  4. Wow the waterfalls are stunning. Another place to add to my wanderlust wishlist x

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  5. I love the sound of the night market. It's always great ti find unique hand-made items.

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  6. Laos looks beautiful! That night market looks like the perfect place to shop.

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  7. The waterfalls are simply breathtaking and I would love to see the rescued bears on the walk there. Utopia looks like a very calming and restful place to spend some time as well.

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  8. Not a place i've considered! It looks gorgeous. Great tip to try the handicraft night market. I hate crowded markets with haggling, so this seems perfect for folk like me and it's just something a little different x

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  9. Omg, this is absolutely going on my travel bucket list! Gorgeous!

    Xo,

    Megan at Lush to Blush

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  10. Omg this look amazing! So peaceful and lush. That waterfall is lovely. xx

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  11. I think I would just want to stand and watch that waterfall, it is beautiful x

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  12. What an absolutely gorgeous place! From the waterfalls to the riverside bar, i'd be totally in my element I think! Sounds like an amazing place to stop off on your travels x

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  13. wow looks so amazing to visit ! The waterfall looks so lovely !

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  14. Laon is one of the countries that I am eyeing to visit in the next two years. Thanks for your post, this will be a great help for me to have more idea about the country.

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  15. All ideas sound just perfect! And the waterfalls look totally stunning... love the colour of water out there.

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  16. What an appropriate name 'Utopia' I love the groovy vibe and the views are beyond amazing xx

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  17. The Kuang Si Waterfalls look absolutely beautiful. I'd love to go and see them :)

    Louise x

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  18. What a gorgeous place to visit - I'd love to go and see the waterfalls x

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  19. One of the best things about Asia are the night markets, I love them. The waterfall is stunning too.

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  20. oh wow!! That waterfall looks so amazing!! I would love to visit one day, just beautiful

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  21. Your photographs are beautiful. We'd love to see a waterfall like that!

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  22. That market looks wonderful to potter around - I like that it is not too crowded and the colours are so vibrant.

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  23. I love all the bright but very peaceful colors! I would love to visit here!

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  24. Such gorgeous photos - Love Asia but yet to go to Laos. Your photos might just tempt me into visiting it in 2017 :)

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  25. Now utopia looks like my kind of bar, we love just relaxing and watching the day go by people watching is my favourite thing when away

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