Kuang Si Waterfall



Considered as one of Luang Prabang’s most popular tourist attractions, Kuang Si waterfall tumbles 60m before spilling through a series of aquamarine natural pools ideal for swimming. There are changing facilities at the lower pools, shaded picnic areas and a restaurant.
The side trails lead to the top, where you can see the stream feeding into the falls. Wear proper footwear as the trails can get slippery, especially during the wet season, when these trails should be avoided.
The trip from Luang Prabang to the falls is a very scenic ride passing rice paddies, local villages and green hills.
There is a bear rescued centre, located a short walk past the entrance gate and it is included in your ticket to the waterfalls.
Admission fee: 20.000 KIP
A butterfly farm is located 1 km away. Admission fee: 30.000 KIP (adults), 15.000 KIP (children).

Pak Ou Caves



These thousand of years old caves are packed with 4.000 Buddha images of different size and a variety of positions. The statues are believed to have been left in the caves by local people for hundreds of years although the origins of the place have different versions.
There are two caves: Tham Ting, the lower cave, which is light enough to explore without an artificial light source. For the upper cave, Tham Theung, you will need a torch, as it is unlit.
Admission fee and how to get there:
Entrance fee 20.000 Kip. A boat trip to the caves is usually 80.000 Kip per person or 300.000 KIP per boat. The trip is about 1-2 hours depending on the river up or down.

Night Market



Every day from 5pm onwards, Sisavangvong Road is closed off to vehicles opening the way to the hill-tribes to display their handmade textiles, ceramics, handicrafts and much more. This is the perfect place to buy beautiful and original souvenirs. The prices are unbeatable for the quality they offer although you can always put your bargain skills into practice. Keep in mind that this is how they make a living so always try to be fair and polite when asking for discounts.
Several food and fruit shake stalls can also be found around the market.

Alms Giving



Every day, when the sun starts to rise, silent lines of saffron-robed monks walk down the streets of Luang Prabang to collect alms. The kneeled locals are waiting for them to fill their baskets with sticky rice and snacks.
The monks walk past Sokdee Residence every day on their way to the main street. Guests can simply contemplate the ritual or also join the devotees and share out food. Everybody is invited to take part in this longstanding tradition although certain rules must be observed as this is a sacred ceremony. At Sokdee Residence, we can help you prepare everything to participate in this unique event like a local.

Mount Phousi



The “Sacred Hill” is crowned by Wat Chomsi, a golden Buddhist shrine dating back to 1804. Mount Phousi is popular for its spectacular views over the Mekong river and it is specially visited at sunset.
While climbing to the top, it is worth a stop in Wat Tham Phousi, which holds a statue of Buddha inside a grotto.
Open from sunrise to sunset (5:30AM–6PM). Admission fee 20.000 Kip.

The Royal Palace Museum



The Royal Palace Museum once served as the residence of King Sisavang Vong and his family during the French colonial era. Nowadays is a museum preserving royal religious objects, weapons, statues, screens and paintings from centuries past. The most impressive room is the mirrored Throne Hall, which holds the crown jewels.
Admission: 30.000 Kip. Open daily from 8:00-11:30 and from 13:30-16:00. Conservative dress required. 

The Temples



With 34 temples, Luang Prabang became the spiritual centre of Laos. But these temples not only have a religious role. For many young boys in Laos, the temple is their only opportunity to receive an education when their family can’t afford it. Often coming from poor rural villages, boys as young as seven can receive acceptance to a temple and free education. 
Wat Xieng Thong (“Temple of the Golden City”) is the most significant temple in Luang Prabang. It is one of the oldest ones and famous in the Buddhist world for its architecture. Its perfect proportions, simple elegance and beauty serves as a recognised model. Other remarkable ones are Wat Sene, Wat Mai, Wat Visoun . At Wat Pa Phai one can participate in the daily meditation together with the monks, which takes place at 6pm after chanting.

Museums



Visit the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre (TAEC) to have an insight into the diverse ethnic cultures and peoples of Laos. Exhibits include numerous items of clothing and jewellery. There is a free guided tour every Tuesday and Friday at 15:00 included in your entry ticket. Admission: 25.000 Kip.
The small UXO (Unexploded Ordnance) Museum holds a very complete exhibition that shows how Laos suffered massive bombings during the Vietnam War. In fact, Laos is the most heavily bombed country in the world. A visit to the museum will take you to the history, impact, current problems and how Lao people cope with UXOs and other dangerous remnants from the war on a daily basis.
Open from Monday-Friday, from 8:00-16:00. Free admission, donations are welcome.

MandaLao Elephant Conservation



MandaLao Elephant Conservation is a popular destination for eco-conscious travellers looking for an authentic elephant sanctuary in Laos. It promotes a responsible tourism with elephants by offering a variety of non-riding activities to enjoy these animals in an ethical way.
Prices start at 80 USD half day.

Massages



Why not treating yourself in one of the multiple spas scattered in Luang Prabang?
Frangipani Spa, just 2 minutes walk from Sokdee Residence, offers privacy in air-conditioned and clean rooms.
Lao massage: 65.000 Kip / 1 hour. Full body oil massage: 95.000 Kip / 1 hour.
No-frills but also good, Say Khong Mixay Massage is located right behind Sokdee Residence. Prices are slightly cheaper.
Lao massage: 60.000 Kip / 1 hour. Full body oil massage: 70.000 Kip / 1 hour.



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