Although Laos tourism is not as famous as other countries in the region such as Thailand or Singapore, its charming beauty still attracts a lot of tourists visiting each year. Along with the capital of Vientiane, Luang Prabang is also the one of two most attractive destinations to visit of this country.
Luang Prabang formerly was the capital of the Lao kingdom from the 14th century to 1975. Located 425km north of Vientiane, Luang Prabang has recognized as a world cultural heritage by UNESCO.
The peaceful scenery, ancient temples and slow pace of life are the reasons why Luang Prabang attracts more and more tourists. The monks in orange robes line on the streets to receive food from Buddhist devotees in the early morning may be the most impressive image of the city. There are a lot of exciting activities that you can do during your Luang Prabang trip but if you have only one day in this city, what should you do? Here are some our suggestions for you.
Learn about Alms Giving Ceremony in the early morning
Alms Giving Ceremony takes place every day in the morning in Luang Prabang so the first and must-try thing you should do is getting up early, along with local people, offering foods for monks as well as learn about this unique culture of people in here. The ceremony is an indispensable part of the daily routine of the monks. In the early morning, locals prepare food and kneel down ready to give the offering to the monks. If you have the opportunity to participate in the ceremony, take note that you should respect the traditional rituals and do not take photos too much.
Visit morning market
Visiting the morning market will bring you many interesting experiences. Unlike some local markets in other Asia countries, the market in Luang Prabang is quite clean. The products sold at the market are also very fresh. You can visit the market alone or go with guide to know more about the market.
Discover Royal Palace
Royal Palace of Laos is one of the well-known tourist destinations you must visit. Located in the heart of the city, the Royal Palace is an ideal place to visit for those who want to learn more history and the life of the Royal Family in Laos. Here, you will have the opportunity to discover the impressive beauty, unique architecture of palace and listen to interesting stories.
Visit Xieng Thong Temple
This is the most important temple in the ancient capital of Luang Prabang, built in 1560 in the reign of King Setthathirat. With beautiful decoration both inside and outside, unique interior, the temple attracts thousands of visitors to visit each year. On important holidays, the temple is crowded with people to visit. Travelers come here to admire the real gold Buddha statue and attend the Buddha bath with aromatic water and perfume.
Walking on Luang Prabang Old Quarter
Take a walk around the Luang Prabang old town in your own way to relax and enjoy the tranquil scenery. While many people go to the riverside for a walk, you also can rent a bike to discover all the small streets, alleys. Let’s enjoy the fresh air and experience in your own way; we recommend you to go Kounxoau Street.
Get out of the city
Going through two bamboo bridges, you will get out of the city to discover many new and interesting things because the countryside of Laos is not far away. Just walking on the green fields or biking to discover the hills also bring you a lot of memorable experiences.
Visit Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre
This is a small museum sponsored by the Lao Trade Fair, suitable for those who love culture and art. With shops selling lovely souvenirs, the centre becomes the ideal destination for buying handicrafts.
Conquer Mount Phousi
Phousi Mountain is the destination to end your Luang Prabang trip during daytime. Standing in the top of the mountain after climbing 329 steps, you will be enjoyed the panoramic view of the city hidden in the clouds.
Shop at Luang Prabang night market
Night Market is located in the center of Luang Prabang, starting from the foot of Phousi Mountain to the end of the main street of the city. Opened 18h – 23h daily, visitors can visit the market to buy special souvenirs for friends, relatives after the trip. Here, you can also enjoy many specialties of local people.