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How to Spend 2 Days in Luang Prabang

How to Spend 2 Days in Luang Prabang

With two days in Luang Prabang, you can acquire a comprehensive overview of the city, catch a Mekong sunset, meet some monks, and enjoy a cooking class. You can also discover the local countryside with a river cruise to the Pak Ou Caves and a visit to one of the nearby waterfalls, or even a stint on an authentic farm. Here’s how.

Day 1: Discover the City

**Morning:**Start the day bright and early, as the locals do, by rising to see the monks collecting alms around the city and joining in the ritual for yourself. Soak up the atmosphere at a wet (produce) market, bustling long before dawn, then follow in the footsteps of Laos’ last king at the Royal Palace Museum.

**Afternoon:**Culture vultures will want to spend the afternoon discovering the city’s signature temples, such as Vat Visounarath and Wat Xieng Thong. Others can get a handle on Laos’ unique cuisine, with influences from Thailand, China, and even France, at a cooking class.

**Evening:**The colors as the sinking sun reflects in the Mekong will stay with you for a lifetime. Experience your first Luang Prabang sunset from a sunset cruise, from atop Mt. Phousi in the heart of the city, or from a simple riverside restaurant, cold Beer Lao in hand.

Day 2: Into the Wild

**Morning:**Continue your Mekong explorations with a classic Luang Prabang adventure: a river cruise to the Buddha-filled Pak Ou Caves. Many boats make stops at traditional villages, including Whisky Village (Ban Xang Hai) or the weaving village of Ban Xang Khong.

**Afternoon:**A number of scenic waterfalls tumble through the forests outside Luang Prabang. Spend your afternoon at Kuang Si Falls, a 3-tiered affair that’s also home to a bear rescue center saving bears from the cruel traditional-medicine trade. Alternatively, experience the hard work of farming rice at an authentic organic farm.

**Night:**Luang Prabang’s colorful night market is one of the best spots in all of Southeast Asia to shop for handicrafts. Stock up on mulberry-paper notebooks, bright silks, and embroidered bags. Wrap up your visit to the city with a fine dining feast at one of Luang Prabang’s elegant restaurants, by candlelight in a tropical garden.

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Private Tour Full-day Morning Market, Villages and Scenic Kuang Si Waterfall

Private Tour Full-day Morning Market, Villages and Scenic Kuang Si Waterfall

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Escape the city for a day in the Lao countryside on this private full-day tour from Luang Prabang. Take part in a traditional alms-giving ceremony (optional), browse the stalls at the lively Phosi Market, then immerse yourself in Lao culture as you visit typical Hmong, Lao, and Khmu villages. After lunch (included), enjoy a short hike through the rain forest, cool off with a swim beneath the beautiful Kuang Si Waterfall, and observe black bears at the Tat Kuang Si Bear Sanctuary.
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  • 8 hours
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Mekong Sunset Cruise from Luang Prabang

Mekong Sunset Cruise from Luang Prabang

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Sunset imbues the Mekong River with a beauty not seen at any other time of day. Ensure you capture this special moment on a sunset cruise from Luang Prebang, a romantic experience that provides excellent photo opportunities. Hotel pickup is included, and there’s the option to upgrade to include convenient hotel drop-off and a selection of beers and drinks to make your cruise extra-special.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Pak Ou Caves and Kuang Si Fall Day Tour

Pak Ou Caves and Kuang Si Fall Day Tour

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See the beauty and hidden wonders of Laos on this Pak Ou Caves and Kuang Si Falls day tour. Follow your friendly local guide through the streets of Luang Prabang, then make your way along the Mekong River to the Buddha-filled caves of Pak Ou. You'll visit a rural village where locals make rice wine and see how indigenous people live. Next, head to the stunning waterfalls of Kuang Si and savor a picnic lunch in one of the country's most picturesque destinations.
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  • 10 hours
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$106.67
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Full-Day Luang Prabang Highlights Tour Including Kuangsi Waterfall

Full-Day Luang Prabang Highlights Tour Including Kuangsi Waterfall

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Visit the top attractions in Luang Prabang on this highlights tour that showcases the best of this incredible city. See iconic temples, traditional architecture, European colonial influence and more as you make your way through streets and landscapes with your local guide. This memorable tour also includes a stop at Kuangsi Waterfall, which is known for its stunning beauty.
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  • 8 hours
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Rice Cultivation and Kuang Si Waterfall from Luang Prabang Full-Day

Rice Cultivation and Kuang Si Waterfall from Luang Prabang Full-Day

Immerse yourself in Laos’ rural traditions on a full-day trip to an organic farm and Kuang Si Waterfall. You’ll get hands-on experience with planting, harvesting, and preparing rice on an organic farm, then learn about traditional handcrafts. Next, cruise the Mekong River to Kuang Si Waterfall, where you’ll eat lunch at the edge of a jungle-fringed pool. This full-day tour includes pickup and drop-off at centrally-located Luang Prabang hotels, as well as lunch, activities, and all entrance fees.
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  • 9 hours
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Private Luang Prabang City Day Tour

Private Luang Prabang City Day Tour

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Visit this incredible UNESCO World Heritage city and see why it's one of the top destinations for travelers to Laos. Follow your friendly guide through city streets as you learn about traditional architecture, colonial influences and deeply-rooted religious traditions. This full-day tour stops at some of Luang Prabang's top attractions, including the National Museum, Wat Aham, Wat Xiang Thong and more. You'll also stop at the Night Market and check out stunning views of the iconic Mekong River on this popular tour that is not to be missed. 
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  • 8 hours
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Guided Exploring Luang Prabang Full-Day Tour

Guided Exploring Luang Prabang Full-Day Tour

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Explore the culture and history of Luang Prabang on this fully guided tour of the city's temples, museums, art centers and more. You'll visit the gilded halls of Wat Xiang Thong and Wat Visoun, plus check out the Royal Palace. Your friendly, local guide will share information about the dynamic culture and traditions of indigenous hill tribes and unlock hidden secrets of this incredible destination. This is the perfect tour for first-time visitors, families and anyone who wants to gain a deeper understanding of the city and its people.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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