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9 Authentic Cultural Experiences in Luang Prabang

9 Authentic Cultural Experiences in Luang Prabang, Luang Prabang, Laos (B)

I loved my time in Luang Prabang, Laos, pretty much from the moment I arrived. I stayed there for five days and left reluctantly because time was running out to get to Vietnam before my visa arrival date. The longer I stayed and the more travelers I met, the more I realized just how much there is to do in this tiny gem of a city.

While there are many more things to do in Luang Prabang, here are the nine experiences that I would personally recommend.

My friend and I woke up at 5:30 am to go see the Buddhist alms giving ceremony (or Tak Bat). Every morning, local people give food they’ve made to the monks. The monks themselves, I learned, are not allowed to buy any food, so they are dependent on the generosity of the locals for their meals. I had read a lot of blog posts about the “bad behavior” of tourists and didn’t want to be one of them; I made sure to dress very modestly in long pants and a shawl, and planned to stay a respectful distance away from the monks while taking photos. ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: 9 Authentic Cultural Experiences in Luang Prabang
Guide Location: Laos » Luang Prabang
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Author: Jennifer Shirey
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Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Traditional Arts and Ethnology Center
  • Dyen Sabai
  • The Belle Rive Hotel
  • Le Banneton
  • Indigo House
  • Joma
  • Tamarind
  • Big Brother Mouse
  • Kuang Si waterfall
  • night market
  • Garavek
  • Wat Xieng Thong temple
  • Kounsavan Guest House