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Tham Ting Caves (1/2 day)
You can go there from Xienthong boat pier in the old centre of Luang Prabang. Actually this is not really a pier but there are many boatmen walking around and you can board a boat at the riverside.
On the way back you can make a stop at a village called Baan Sanghai, where you can buy handicraft and Lao liquor. You will get a better deal here then at the night bazaar in Luang Prabang.
Kuang Xi falls (½ – 1 day)
You can go to Kuang Xi by local taxi (1 hr ride), which will cost you about 17000 Kip per person. Another great way to go there is by private boat from Xienthong boat pier in the old centre. You will get a great view on the Mekong River during a one-hour boat ride. The boatman will drop you off at a village called Baan Singh and arrange a car with driver to bring you to the falls. This will cost you approximately 400000 Kip in total. The driver and the boatman will be waiting for you and send you back to the city.
Alms giving to Buddhist monks (1 hr)
Of course you can watch the ceremony, but even better is to join it. Buy the food in the food stalls in the street, kneel down and give your alms to the monks while they pass by. The monks represent Buddha, so this ritual is to respect Buddha.
Buy the food (sticky rice and fruit for example) only from reliable food shops in the street itself, or prepare the food yourself, to avoid giving food from unknown quality. Also remember to be very respectful and don’t touch the monks. Watch the ceremony in silence, dress properly and don’t disturb the ceremony because you like to take pictures. Remember this is a local tradition and not a tourist activity.
Wat Xieng Thong temple and monastery (1 hr)
The temple is open from 6 am to 6 pm daily and visitors pay an entrance fee of 20000 Kip. The main entrance is at the road along Mekong River, opposite Xieng Thong boat pier.
Luxury place: Le Palais Juliana (1 - ? days)
There are many nice and cheap places where you can stay in the old centre of Luang Prabang. But if you like it more luxurious you should stay in Le Palais Juliana, just outside the city.
This 5-star boutique resort is only 10 minutes drive away from the old centre.
The rooms are beautiful and most ground floor rooms have direct access to the wonderful pool. It is a very clean hotel and you will feel very relaxed after a long day of sightseeing and absorbing culture.
National museum (2 hrs)
Located in the centre of town opposite Mount Phousi, the building features a blend of French and Lao architectural styles. The collection of the museum will show you a lot about Lao history, Lao monarchy and Buddhism.
It is not allowed to take pictures inside the museum. You must leave your bag in lockers provided near the entrance, need to be dressed conservatively and also need to remove your shoes before entering. The entrance fee is 30000 Kip. The museum is open daily from 8.30 am to12.30 pm and from 1.30 to 4 pm.
Rent a bicycle (1 - ? days)
Getting around in the city centre of Luang Prabang is great with a bicycle. It’s silent and it’s good for the environment.
There are many shops in Sakarine Road where you can rent a bicycle. It is very easy because the whole city of Luang Prabang is UNESCO world heritage, so there's hardly any traffic in town.
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Language of the world
Of course you like to speak a few words of the local language onboard the plane or at your destination. Here you find some simple basics of the main language spoken in Luang Prabang.