To be honest, it was Pinterest who introduced me to Laos. lol! I remember seeing beautiful pictures of Kuang Si waterfalls and immediately added it to my bucket list of places to visit. I traveled to Luang Prabang (the former capital of Laos and now a UNESCO World Heritage City) this May with a few of my friends. Here’s a list of the Top 10 things you can’t miss as well as some tips that helped us during the trip.
1. Mount Phousi
2. Royal Palace Museum
3. Kuang Si Waterfalls
4. Wat Xieng Thong
5. Nong Khiaw Viewpoint
Getting there: The best way to reach Nong Khiaw, complete the hike and get back to Luang Prabang (the same day) is by hiring a car. It’s around 3 hours by road (one way) and the hike itself will take you about 2 hours. We were told that there is a daily bus from Luang Prabang to Nong Khiaw which leaves at around 9 am, stays in Nong Khiaw for roughly an hour and returns at 1 pm.
6. Tamarind Restaurant
7. The Night Market
8. Utopia Restaurant & Bar
9. Stay in a real life palace at Victoria Xiengthong Palace
10. or at Sala Prabang, the former residence of the First Prime Minister of Laos
+ Best time to visit: November – January (It’s peak summer from February to May!)
+ Getting there: If you’re traveling from Singapore, Silk Air flies direct. Unfortunately for us Silk Air was fully booked so we traveled on AirAsia to Kuala Lumpur and then to Luang Prabang (4 hours in total)
+ Transport: Tuk Tuks & Cycles are the easiest and most convenient. They do have scooters and cars for hire.
+ Visas: Laos is visa free for all ASEAN passport holders. If you do need a visa, you can get it on arrival although keep in mind there are certain countries that are not eligible for this option. More information here. Indian passport holders can get a visa on arrival for $40 USD.
Luang Prabang through my eyes…
Charming. Colourful. Relaxed. Peaceful. Undiscovered.
For me, these 5 words sum up Luang Prabang. The city definitely exceeded all my expectations and I can’t wait to go back for more and explore other parts of Laos as well.
If you have any questions on my trip or require more information, do leave a comment below. I’d be more than happy to help!