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Luang Prabang Laos: A Quick Look

Tourism
Tourism in Luang Prabang and Laos is main industry. The sector has expanded significantly, from 80 000 people in 1990, to 1.8 million in 2010, and is expected to rise even more. The prime attraction for tourists in Laos is usually the chance to get a glimpse of the old, unspoiled Asia. Laos official tourist slogan is “Simply beautiful” and it fits startlingly well. Learn more about Luang Prabang Tourism

Tips and hints
Luang Prabang is a fairly easy city to travel. There are no international chain stores but a western looking pharmacy sells most hygen good and the town’s two grocery stores can satisfy most cravings a western can have. Markets and local pharmacies does have a wide range of things and you are more likely to find a Lao favorite here that you will miss back home, than miss a western commodity when you are in Lao. However, if you have special medical condition, stock up on the medicine and don’t expect hospital or doctors to assist you. A essential Luang Prabang tips is to have an appropriate health insurance that cover transportation to Bangkok or Udon Thani. There is a reason expats joke that the Lao translation of “Take me to the hospital” is “Pai (which means “go to”) Bangkok.” The poor health care in Luang Prabang is no joke. The most important Luang Prabang tips stands to be repeated: make sure to have a good health insurance when travelling in Laos! More Luang Prabang travel tips & hints

Tours
Luang Prabang tours offers plenty of opportunity to experience marvelous things. Tours can definitely offer you fun and unexpected action, but be wary when choosing operator, the huge influent of tourist calls for unprofessional and unserious agents. Check out some awesome Luang Prabang Tours at Tour-Bin

Transportation
Transportation in Luang Prabang offers many alternatives. The inner city of Luang Prabang is easy enough to walk on foot and that is almost preferred due to the fact that there is one way traffic on both the roads by the river and many other sideroads. To walk from the beginning of the night market to the tip of the peninsula takes about 15 minutes if you go by the mainroad of Luang Prabang. More info on Luang Prabang transportation

Weather
Weather in Luang Prabang is… is…. a big deal! You will notice it and plan your life around it Starting from May and the rainy season, down pours soaks Luang Prabang for a couple of hours each day. It is the beginning of the rainy season but it doesn’t mean it rains all the time. Usually it rains about a normal Hollywood movie long and then it’s beautifully lush out (and extremely muddy). However, the weather calls for a good rain jacket and a bit of planning when traveling to explore new places. Ask locals for advice on what hours to go. Also, be extra careful with your possessions, we have noticed an increase in theft and robbery when rain and thunderstorms drown the sound of illegal activities. More on weather in Luang Prabang

Nearby
The surrounding of Luang Prabang is filled with stunning mountains and lush vegetation. Popular spots nearby Luang Prabang to visit are the waterfalls, Kuang Si and Tad Sae and the caves Pak Ou. Others make the effort to go to the whiskey village or weaving villages. Close to the latter is the paper village. Be sure to check them out seeing as they are interesting places with tons of opportunity to hunt bargain handmade paper books or dazzling silk scarfs. Check out what’s nearby

Temples
Luang Prabang is known for its many temples. Many who visit the city have been traveling for a while and are fairly tired of the umtheeth golden buildning. Luang Prabang temples might be able to cure you from that. The temples of Luang Prabang are very diverse with some just being plain beautiful (Wat Xieng Thong and Wat Manorom) some on stunning sights (Wat Chom Si on top of Mount Phou Si and the golden temple on top of the eastern hill on the way to the airport) and the again some just darn pretty (Wat Sene and Wat Mai). Most likely you will find as many opinions on favourite temples as there are temples in Luang Prabang and you will do best to find a pair of comfortable shoes, a scarf to cover your shoulders and a sense of adventure to go tempel hunting to find your favourite. Luang Prabang Temple info

Monks
The Luang Prabang Monks are a signature of the city and an interesting part of the culture, but how much do you know of the tradition?

Many Laotian (around 67%) are Buddhists and it is therefore an integrated part of society. Boys, particularly from poor upbringing, will attend monk schools and get their education through the monasteries. Many leave around 18-20 and there are therefore less old monks. However, those who hasn’t spent time at the monastery see it as their duty to become monks later in life and take time to do it for a couple of weeks up to months. The proper names of the boys/men are novices or monks and the term refers to how old the man is.
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What to see/do
Luang Prabang offers a million activities to do and we will guide you to the bare minimum. When you covered that, you are free to travel onwards if you are in a hurry, but those with a taste for good life are advised to stay to continue to tick things off the list. More on what to see and do in Luang Prabang

Hotels
Accommodation in Luang Prabang ranges from cheap guest houses to expensive and luxurious hotels. Any kind of traveller can find their prefered living place here. However, Luang Prabang is generally a bit more expensive when it comes to hotels and guest houses than other parts of Laos which can be good to keep in mind. During the low season and if you are staying longer periods, you usually can negotiate better deals. This can both be done by contacting the hotel directly or booking through an agent.

Midrange travellers can find comfortable living in central Luang Prabang and enjoy both competent service and western luxuries for a lot less than the equivalent accommodation would cost in many other places.

High class travellers have a surprising amount of options to choose from. The hotels in town holds a high standard and the guests are usually fewer than the available beds. If you are prepared to spend more money on living, make sure to check for deals to get the most value. Information on Luang Prabang Hotels

Guest Houses
Luang Prabang is generally a bit more expensive than the rest of Laos. Be cautious of that when are planning your stay. With the cheapest types of living, expect a simple bed, maybe shared bathroom, and definitely a locked gate if you arrive after eleven. The locked gate doesn’t mean you are not allowed in, just that you have to wake the hosts up and it will be a question for you conscious what to do with that. If you are prepared to pay just a little bit more, you can find guesthouses with reasonable comfortable beds, private bathroom and an optional AC. The locked gate is usually still there.

You can find cheap guesthouses that will not only be the place you sleep but also your guide to Lao culture. Many guest houses are family run which means that the family might live in the same building as the guest house. Be wary of that when deciding on your guest house as many wind up staying longer in Luang Prabang than they thought, which makes your choice important. Information on Luang Prabang Guesthouses

Restaurants and bars
There are enough restaurants in Luang Prabang for you to not have to eat at the same place for several months. If you want to try new dishes, you would have to go with the same combination for years but that doesn’t mean that everything is worthy of you stomach space anyway (don’t worry about money, few places will really create a crater in your wallet, it’s more the fact that you have to stop eating at some point or you will explode). More on Luang Prabang restaurants and bars

Entertainment
Entertainment in Luang Prabang ranges from traditional dancing to movies, modern dancing or sports like petong and pool. The national museum of Luang Prabang gives traditional dancing shows at night and tickets are not that expensive. The show is short but intense and seeing as you will struggle to keep up with the plot, it’s well-balanced.
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