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Hello, I'm Toobee, and I was born in Luang Prabang. After successfully completing upper-secondary school, I went to Vientiane, the capital of Laos, to study English and accounting at the English college and vocational school. I returned to Luang Prabang in 2001 where I worked at the reception desk in a hotel. In 2004, I became a guide and I am now one of the top English-speaking guides in Laos.
This is a great place to pick up an affordable souvenir or simply mix with the locals. Browse the stalls for a large variety of local handicrafts including wood carvings, silk textiles, wall hangings, and much more. The market closes around 9 pm and is a perfect activity before or after dinner.
Wake early in the morning to see this traditional ceremony, where Buddhist monks, in their saffron-colored robes, walk along Sisavangvong Road to receive alms (charity) in their bowls. Rice is the most typical type of alms and is used for their daily meals. If you would like to participate and give alms to the monks, remember that men are permitted to stand, but women are expected to kneel to offer the alms. This is an important Buddhist ritual, not a show, so whether you watch or participate, be respectful of the monks and their faith.
Wat Xieng Thong
This collection of ancient buildings is the most important and striking complex of temples in Luang Prabang. Construction on the main temple began in 1559 and it is one of the very few buildings to survive centuries of pillaging from invading armies. Stop here to see the stunning Buddhist art and architecture including golden facades, vibrant murals, and shimmering glass mosaics.
Phu Si Hill
Climb to the top, approximately 325 ft, for sweeping views of Luang Prabang, the Mekong River, and the surrounding mountains. Understandably, this is a popular setting to watch the sunset in the evening. Along the way, stop at one of the many temples and shrines that stud the hillside. There are several routes to the top, and whichever you choose, the climb is worth it!
L'etranger Books and Tea
This delightful bookshop serves light fare throughout the day and features an extensive tea and drink menu. This is a great place to unwind with a book, chat about your travel experiences, or stop by at night for an “artsy” movie.
Royal Ballet Theatre
Once banned for 15 years, the Royal Ballet Theatre is alive and thriving again thanks to support from the Institute of Cultural Research. Aimed at preserving Laos’ cultural heritage, dancers perform scenes from the Lao-Ramayana, traditional folk dances and tribal dances.
The Bamboo bridges, that run across Nam Khan River connecting Luang Prabang to small local villages, offers great short walking opportunities to discover Lao life, restaurants and handicraft shops (Available only during the dry season, 8 am – 6 pm, Oct. – May).
Visit My Library to talk to ambitious young people from surrounding underprivileged areas who come to further their education, learn English, and computer skills. The facility continues to grow in popularity as users experience the benefits of this non-profit organization.
Ock Pop Tok Weaving Centre
Visit a stunning Mekong riverside garden at the Ock Pop Tok Weaving Centre, which provides employment to rural residents to preserve the country’s centuries old art of weaving. Meet the weavers and learn the intricacies of Lao weaving and the preparation of natural dyes. Dye your own silk scarf to take home as a souvenir.