Luang Prabang is a great place for weekend getaways from Singapore with many cafes, restaurants, bars and shops.

Royal Palace

Luang Prabang means “city of the Golden Buddha Phra Bang”, which is an 83cm statue of the Lord Buddha which is believed to be the source of the city’s protection since the 14th century.  The Royal Palace was built by French colonialists between 1904 and 1909 and is a blend of Lao and French architecture, hallmarked by the royal symbol of Laos – a three-headed elephant under a parasol. The living quarters are spartan but the throne room is glittering with mosaic emerald palms, lapis lazuli elephants, silver rivers and golden robes.

 

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Landing in the Luang Prabang’s tiny airport — literally just one runway in the middle of a jungle, surrounded by tall, menacing mountains — was exhilarating yet terrifying. By now most of you know I’m afraid of flying (lol) so I made sure to book our flight from Hanoi here on a regular, twin-engine jet, as most flights are operating by Lao Airlines’ propeller planes — a big no-no for me! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ After five days in this slow-moving city, going about my days at the relaxed pace of the Mekong, visiting nearby waterfalls and hiding out in my hotel room during afternoon thunderstorms, I soon began wanting to stay longer. It was hot as hell and air conditioning was hard to find — but this city was so charming, so calm, and the landscape so untouched, I simply can’t wait to come back one day. 🥰

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Sisavangvong Peninsula Road

Stop by the early 18th-century Wat Sene, with its sweeping four-tiered roof, before heading to the 16th-century Wat Xieng Thong.

L’Elephant Vert and Cafe Toui

Have lunch here with its living cuisine set menus, which are affordable and serve tomato carpaccio and coriander and mustard mousse, or at small Cafe Toui where friendly Toui serves souisi pa (fresh fish poached in coconut, basil and a red-chilli broth) and a twist on the Cuban mojito, a “cojito”, made with Lao basil, lemongrass and Malibu rum.

 

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Hoy hemos alquilado unas bicis y hemos conocido mejor Luang Prabang y sus alrededores, hemos sudado de lo lindo pero ha merecido la pena. Después de quemar unas cuantas calorías hemos repuesto fuerzas cenando en el Night Market 🤤 Por cierto, os traemos NUEVO POST en el blog: Cómo llegar de Chiang Rai a Luang Prabang en bus (Link en la BÍO) ¡Mañana más y mejor! Buenas noches 😘 • #travelasia #luangprabang #asia #laos🇱🇦 #wearetravelgirls #wanderlust #travel #discoverglobe #travelblogger #wonderfuldestination #femmetravel #wonderful_places #thetraveltag #travelandleisure #picoftheday #backpackerstory #travelawesome #travelgirl #laostrip #sheisnotlost #fulltimetravel #dametraveler #beautifuldestinations #viagem #theglobewanderer #iatiporelmundo #travelphoto #laos

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Morning Almsgiving

Rise early in the morning to take part in a sacred ritual: the giving of alms. There are some 35 wats in town and every morning the saffron-robed monks walk through the centre of the city, collecting rice for their day’s food. Afterwards, head to the morning market for breakfast: rice lollipops, wasp cocoons (the pupae are considered a delicacy), buffalo lung, betel-nut bark and leaves, live toads and catfish.

 

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Vang Vieng is a small town north of Vientiane, on the Nam Song River in Laos. It’s surrounded by striking limestone mountains and caves. Tham Poukham, to the west, is a cave with a blue-green lagoon and a reclining Buddha statue. North is the deep Tham Nam Cave, which has a spring at its entrance. Nearby, Tham Xang Cave has a stalactite resembling an elephant. The town is home to 16th- and 17th-century monasteries. — 📷: @iverp Discover the best articles and videos from top publishers and local influencers with our award-winning travel app. ✬ Get the FREE app now. Link in bio! ✈ @tripscoutapp — #Laos #tripscout #travel #beautifuldestinations #luangprabang #laostyle #travelgram #travelphotography #laos🇱🇦 #laostrip #visitlaos #thisislaos #laoslife #luangprabang #tripscout #travelguide #tripscouting

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Kuang Si Falls

On-site is the Free the Bears Foundation, where more than 20 Asian black moon bears, rescued from the illegal wildlife trade, are kept in enclosures.

 

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O LUGAR QUE MAIS AMAMOS NO LAOS! 💙 Já salva nossas DICAS dessa cachoeira incrível: – A Kuang Si Falls fica em torno de 1 hora do centro de Luang Prabang, no Laos. – Para chegar no local, existem várias opções: você pode fechar o passeio com alguma agência, pegar um tuk tuk ou alugar uma moto e ir por conta própria (como nós aqui! 🛵). – A cachoeira funciona das 8:00 às 17:30 e a entrada custa 20.000 kip por pessoa (em torno de R$ 9). – O ingresso tb inclui a visita ao Centro de Resgate de ursos negros asiáticos da ONG australiana “Free The Bear” que fica logo na entrada do parque 🐻 – Para chegar na cachoeira principal, é preciso percorrer uma trilha simples de uns 15 minutinhos. – Existem placas sinalizando os locais que são proibidos para banho 🚫 e os que são permitidos cair na água 💦 – Sim, a água é gelada, mas com o calor de 40 graus que pegamos em Luang Prabang, nós adoramos! 😁 – Dentro da água vários peixinhos ficam disputando a pele do seu pé. É o famoso “fish spa” em estado natural!! 🤣🤣 – Sim, tem mosquitos! É bom levar repelente. – Tb aconselhamos levar comida e água (ou comprar nas barracas antes da entrada), pois lá dentro não tem muitas opções. – Mais dúvidas? É só perguntar pra gente! 😉 #kuangsifalls #luangprabang #laos #vivernomundo 🇱🇦

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