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Things to know before visiting Luang Prabang

Ride a bike to travel around

With the outstanding natural beauty created by gold-plated Buddhist temples, old colonial homes and great green mountains, Luang Prabang is slowly catching up with the rest of the modern world to become the top place to visit in Laos. To have a perfect holiday there, what do you need to know? To get more information, you can click: Indochina holidays Laos

Best time to visit Luang Prabang

Best time to visit Luang Prabang

Best time to visit Luang Prabang- source: internet

The most popular time to visit as well as the time when Luang Prabang see the largest number of tourists is during the dry season, from October to April – when the temperatures are mild, cool and pleasant. A chance to take part in the exciting boat races of Bun Awk Phansa held on the Nam Khan and Mekong Rivers is also a reason to visit Luang Prabang in October. Another thing especially exciting during the dry season is the Lao New Year festivities, which takes from the 13th to the 15th April. In this festival, you can observe and even participate in the delightful throwing water tradition of Laotians.

Unlike in other places, the rainy season in Luang Prabang is surprisingly one of the best times to visit. If a few daily showers do not matter you much, let’s consider the rainy season from November to March, when the temperatures rarely drop below 22 degrees Celsius during the day. During this period, you will take advantage of not only the lovely weather but also the thinner tourist crowds and the lower hotel’s and service’s price. Do not expect rain all day long. It just rains for few hours a day. A beautiful scenery with clear blue sky and green, fresh setting will give more colors to your photo album. However, if you are not familiar with the heat of tropical climate, March, when the temperatures are the most searing of the year, is not a suitable choice. Laos travel and tours

What to do in Luang Prabang


Trekking in Luang Prabang

Trekking in Luang Prabang- source: internet

Not only taking you through postcard-like scenery of rice paddies and great mountains, a trek or homestay in Luang Prabang also gives you a chance to experience quiet riverways and country roads – a good way to get away from other tourists, to appreciate the beauty of nature and know more about the village life. The longer you trek, the more beautiful moments you will have.

Visit hill tribe villages

An opportunity to take a closer insight into many cultural differences between Lao, Hmong and Khmu people, observe their traditional methods to make their household items, watch they harvest rice or see what they eat, grow and do in a day, visiting hill tribe village is the best way to experience or witness a local’s daily life.

Tips to save money in Luang Prabang

It is certain that you can save much on transportation and accommodation if going to Luang Prabang during the off-season from April to September of the next year. However, with some money saving tips, you can still travel without worrying much about budget.

Rent a bicycle to travel around


Ride a bike to travel around

Ride a bike to travel around- source: internet

Though public means of transportation and tuk tuk do not cost you much, if you want to get around the city at your own pace and save a bit, renting a bike for a couple of days is the best choice. Walk around to find out the one which offers the best rates among a couple of different shops providing bike rental services. Expect to pay USD $1 or between 10,000-20,000 LAK per day. To get the lowest price, try your best to negotiate!

Stick to the local food

Luang Prabang street food

Luang Prabang street food- source: internet

A Luang Prabang dish with modified taste at Western restaurants will definitely cost you much than an authentic dish at a street food stand available elsewhere you go in this city. The price of mouthwatering street food ranges from 1,000 to 10,000 kip – incredibly cheap! Double the cost if you want to enjoy traditional fare at tourists’ restaurant. You will save much by following local people. Eat what locals eat at places where locals go!

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