Visiting the Kuang Si waterfalls
Clear and blue water, beautiful nature and a big, beautiful waterfall where you can hike to the top – That’s what you can think of when you visit the Kuang Si Waterfalls. It’s truly impressive, although it’s very touristic. You can take a bath in the water or hike up to the top and enjoy the view over the forest. The entrance fee is 20.000 LAK (2 Euro), and there are several ways to get there. The waterfall is around 45 minutes with a tuk-tuk away from the city. The tuk-tuk will cost you around 25 USD and will wait for you down at the parking. A cheaper option is to rent a motorbike for around 80.000 LAK and drive by yourself to the waterfalls, although the street is very bumpy and dirty. If you are sporty, you can also take a Bicycle and drive up, or you ask at your Hostel for a minibus service. My Hostel offered a minibus for 40.000 LAK (4 Euro).
Chilling in the Utopia Bar
Utopia is THE bar to be in the evening. You can have a chilled drink or start a drinking excess in there. The bar is located next to the river and is entirely outside. On one side you can sit around a campfire, chill at the bar or enjoy the view on the river. They have chairs, or mates to lay down and sit on the floor around the tables. Perfect to have a date or be in a big friend’s group. The prices are very moderate with coke as cheap as 10.000 LAK (1 Euro) and a vodka mixer for 30.000 LAK (3 Euro).
Climbing up Mount Phousi
Mount Phousi is located in the middle of the city, and it’s more of a hill than a mountain if you ask me. You need to go up around 300 steps to get up to the top. The entrance fee is 20.000 LAK (2 Euro). I find it worth making the effort of climbing up to see the view. You can look over the whole city and see the surrounding mountains and the jungle. Most of the people go up for the sunset; I, however, would not recommend doing that. It’s very crowded, and you have trouble to find the right spot and the sunset is not that impressive. I went after lunch and had my space on the top and could enjoy the view by myself.
Having dinner at the night market
Restaurants are expensive in Laos, but the night market is one of the cheapest places I ate in all of Asia. Besides, it’s so good. They have food for every taste – Meat fresh from the grill or a full fish are a typical dish. If you are a vegetarian, you will find your paradise in the middle of the market. For 15.000 KIP (1,5 Euro) you get a bowl and can fill up the bowl to the top on a big vegetarian buffet. Noodles, rice, vegetables, and fried banana or fruits, everything is there, and it’s fantastic. Try also the Rotee for dessert or a chocolate cake both delicious.
Traveling to or from Luang Prabang with the slow boat
If you are coming from Thailand or going to Thailand, I highly recommend you take a slow boat. Forget about the 18 hours bus and don’t even try the speed boat (You risk your life). Take the slow boat and enjoy the jungle, views and a chilled way to the next destination. Read here how everything works and about my experiences.
Total countries I visited until now: 33
- Planes: 7
- Busses: 34
- Trains: 14
- Boats: 13
- Km running: 1216