Luang Prabang - Laos

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Picturesque sunset on the banks of the Mekong River in Luang Prabang.

Luang Prabang - a small town in the north of Laos is a popular destination among many travelers. Quite rightly, because the surrounding area has a lot to offer. Besides fantastic sunsets and wild nature, one of the most beautiful and famous waterfalls in the whole country, Tat Kuang Si, is located here. But first you have to get to the city.


Coming from Thailand, the city of Chiang Rai is the perfect starting point. Either you book a two-day slow boat tour across the Mekong or choose the night bus like we did. For both options you first have to travel to Chiang Khong, about 2 hours away, and then cross the Thai and Laotian border. Both means of transportation are a real experience! But after 13 hours and countless curves, we are glad when we finally reach the city the next morning. We are ready for new adventures!


Long exposure of Tat Kuang Si waterfall in Luang Prabang.

Whether unique experiences, ancient traditions or breathtaking natural spectacles, there are things that every traveler should have experienced. Our next destination definitely belongs to this category, because Tat Kuang Si Waterfall is the most famous and impressive in all of Northern Laos!

Close-up of an elephant eye in Luang Prabang.

Luang Prabang is known for its extraordinary waterfalls. During my research I came across the still very unknown Hoi Khua waterfall, which is located on the opposite side of the Mekong River in the Green Jungle Park.

Sunset at Mount Phou Si overlooking the Mekong River and the mountains.

One of the first activities is the exploration of the approximately 100 meter high mountain Phou Si in the center of the city. Especially the sunset is magical and offers a panoramic view of the surrounding area and a first impression of the country.

An old woman sits at a loom in Ban Xang Hai village.

Throughout Laos, the traditional rice whiskey is an important component. Whether at ceremonies or simply in everyday life, the high-proof stimulant may not be missing anywhere. Near Luang Prabang you have the opportunity to visit the so-called Whisky Village.

Orange clad monks on their way to the offering.

Every morning at 6 am, countless monks take to the streets of Luang Prabang to receive the offerings of the people. The best place to watch the countless men dressed in orange is on Sakkaline Road.

People crowd through the morning market in Luang Prabang.

After the offering to the monks, people flock to the narrow alley of Khounxoa Road, where the daily morning market with its wide range of offerings is located. Fresh fish, vegetables and fruits are sold here.

A street lined with food stalls in the evening in Chiang Mai.

As in Thailand, there is also a daily night market in Luang Prabang from 5 pm. There, locals sell their products, souvenirs and works of art. And also for the physical well-being is well provided at the countless stalls in the food market.

Close-up of various bombs from past wars in Laos.

Ever heard of the "Secret War"? No?! Neither have we, but the Laotian Civil War is still present to this day, as the country is still littered with unexploded ordnance. The War Museum - UXO Visitor's Center is a must for every traveler!

An old fishing boat at sunset on the Mekong River.

You should definitely experience a sunset on the Mekong River. The river, which crosses 6 countries, has its very own charm and the surrounding landscape with its rolling green hills also makes for an unforgettable experience!

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