C) Luang Prabang (ENG)

08/03/2018 – 11/03/2018

 

How to get to Luang Prabang from Nong Khiaw ?

  • Nong Khiaw bus station (located in the west of town)
  • Schedule and price :
    • To LP Northern bus Station : 40.000 LAK/pp (4€/pp). Three bus/day (9AM, 11AM and 12:30PM)
    • To LP Southern bus Station : 50.000 LAK/pp (5€/pp). One bus/day (1:30PM)

 

Where can I sleep?

LP is quite a big city and a World Heritage Site, where 90% of guesthouses and accomodations located close to the city centre, around Phu Si hill. You can easily get there by tuk-tuk for 10.000-15.000 LAK/pp (1-1,5€/pp) from the bus station (Don’t worry, they will find you). Walking is also possible, as the city centre is only 3-4 km from there.

We did not book any Guesthouse to avoid Booking.com commission, but we had quite a hard time finding the one in our budget :p Most of the hotels in town cost 20-30$/night (16-25€)

Here is what to expect :

  • Guesthouses : 100.000-160.000 LAK/night (10-16€/night)
  • Hotels : 20-30$/night (16-25€/night)

 

We enquired in several places but most of them where full and we eventually chose the Viengchalern Guesthouse. Small rooms, but AC and private bathrooms that you can bargain for 10.000 LAK/night (10€). Tea and instant coffee are free to use as much as you want (until the guys at the reception go to sleep and unplung the boiler. As they say, it tastes better when it’s free, right?)

 

What can I do ?

  •  Like the other towns we went to, there are plenty of travel agencies for trekking, elephant rides and everything
  • Visit temples (a few are free)
    • Wat Aphay
    • Wat Aram, Visou and That Makmo
    • Wat Mathathat (Phramahathat) and Ho Siang Voravihane (Rajbovoravihane)
    • Wat Sene Souk Haram
    • Wat Sop Sickharam
  • Royal palace and National Museum (Free entrance if you get in through the « East entrance to morning market » on maps.me)
  • Phu Si Hill and temples (20.000 LAK/pp – 2€/pp)
  • Luang Prabang beach 😀
  • Outside town:
    • Kuang Si waterfalls (go and back and 3 hours onsite) : 20.000 LAK/pp (2€/pp)
      • Tuk-tuk : 30.000 LAK/pp (3€/pp)
      • Minivan : 30.000-50.000 LAK/pp (3-5€/pp)
        • You can find them on Chao Fa Ngum Road, south-east of the Night Market)
        • Count at least three hours to relax there. There a several viewpoints on the waterfalls, hikes to the top, swimming areas and 3-4km treks paths leading to caves and other waterfalls up the hill, but we did not get time to get there.
        • Just for the record, there was also a way to get in without paying the entrance fee, if you start where the 3-4km path ends (maps.me)
    • Tad Sae waterfalls (We did not go there)
    • Pak Ou Caves (We did not go there)

We were not lucky there either with the rain and we spent a few days in town instead of visiting.

 

A few pictures

Temples

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Wat Phramahathat and Rajbovoravihane entrance Naga
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Wat Phramahathat
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Royal Palace temple (the Palace itself is not worth a visit)
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Bouddha statue at Wat Aphay
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Wat Sene Souk Haram
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Bouddha statue – Wat Sop Sickharam
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Ceremonial boats in the temple
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Wat Sop Sickharam

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Luang Prabang beach
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Wooden bridge over Nam Khan river, in the city centre
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Typical street

 

Phu Si Hill and temples

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According to the Legend, Bouddha was protected by the rain by a king cobra when he meditated in the woods

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😀

Kuang Si waterfalls and Bears rescue centre

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Bears rescued from all over are brought at the centre by an Association. They use to be hunt and killed on a regularis basis in Asia for their paws and bile because of its use in traditional medicine

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A few pictures of Kuang Si watefalls and lagoons filled with greenish-blue waters. Just so you know, the color comes from high concentrated limestone in the area (and explains the caves!)

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Main waterfall 😀

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Kuang Si waterfalls were one of the best we have seen so far.  Even though it is a touristic place and can be pretty crowded, it would be sad to miss them!

 

What can I eat?

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Buffet for 15.000 LAK/pp (1,5€/pp) and the shop is located in a little street close to the night market.
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Luang Prabang Hot dogs
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We could not resist…
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Early bird sandwich (chicken, lettuce, tomatoes, basil and chilies with cheese)

 

Next step : Vang Vieng, city located in a karst region (similar to Guilin in China) 😀

Prochaine étape : La ville de Vang Vieng située dans une région karstique du Laos 😀

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