Luang Prabang Culture Exploring Tour, Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang, being the cultural capital of Laos, has numerous places to explore in order to learn about the Laoan traditions and lifestyle. Everything in Luang Prabang is special and exotic, from the food, in its preparation and ingredients to the silk weaving skills and art. The locals are always happy to explain and cherish their experience and talents with curious foreigners.
You can follow this self-guided walking tour to explore the attractions listed below. How it works: download the app "GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities" from iTunes App Store or Google Play to your mobile phone or tablet. The app turns your mobile device into a personal tour guide and its built-in GPS navigation functions guide you from one tour stop to next. The app works offline, so no data plan is needed when traveling abroad.

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Luang Prabang Culture Exploring Tour Map

Guide Name: Luang Prabang Culture Exploring Tour
Guide Location: Laos » Luang Prabang (See other walking tours in Luang Prabang)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.3 km
Author: Cathy
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Pathana Boupha Antique House

1) Pathana Boupha Antique House

Pathana Boupha Antique House is one of the most impressive collections of historical items in Luang Prabang, and is located on the second floor of a colonial French mansion. It sells and exhibits extremely diverse things, for example, old royal government pictures, antique money, armour and jewelry, some of which belonged to the famous people of Laos. It also specializes in different kinds of fabric from all ethnic groups around the country.

Operation hours: Monday - Sunday: 8:30 am – 6:30 pm
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Lao Red Cross

2) Lao Red Cross

The Lao Red Cross is the filial of the world renowned organization in Luang Prabang. In order to help local people achieve a better lifestyle, it organizes different courses and entertaining activities. For example, it includes a spa salon and a sauna, where tourists and locals can have a wonderful time for less money than usual. The treatment includes a traditional Lao massage, which is most popular among visitors.
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Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre

3) Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre (must see)

The Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre which provides information about the Laoan culture and traditions. It includes all the ethnicities in the country. It contains a wide collection of objects which represent the religion, lifestyle and character of the locals. Many seminars, exhibitions and other similar activities are often held in the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre. Even if it was opened only in 2007, it became very popular among locals and tourists.

Operation hours: Tuesday – Sunday: 9 am – 6 pm
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Fresh Produce Market

4) Fresh Produce Market (must see)

The Fresh Produce Market is the perfect spot for people who like to get up early in the morning. It opens at approximately five o'clock in the morning and has an incredible amount of different fruit, vegetables, meat, spices and other goods. There are also traditionally cooked meals. The most amazing part of the market is the very exotic products such as honeycombs, silkworms and forest rats.

Operation hours: Saturday - Monday: 5:30 am - 4 pm
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Ock Pop Tok

5) Ock Pop Tok (must see)

Ock Pop Tok is a weaving center which has two shops in Luang Prabang. One of them is located in the Old Qarter of the town, near the Royal Palace. Within Ock Pop Tok, numerous events are organized periodically: workshops, exhibitions, seminars and other activities. It concentrates on the production and sale of textile products made by the Laoan people. The most popular goods are diverse clothes specific to the Laoan culture and traditions. The most commonly used fabrics for producing the Ock Pop Tok products are silk, hemp and cotton.
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The Blue House

6) The Blue House

The Blue House is located in the center of Luang Prabang. It represents a branch office of the Design Centre Vientiane. The building was built in 1935. The aim of the Blue House is to promote, exhibit and sell handicraft products of different ethnic groups in Laos. It is also responsable for the organization of Lao Northern Handicraft Exhibition which takes place once a year.
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Three Elephants Cafe

7) Three Elephants Cafe

The Three Elephants Cafe, also known as Tamnak Lao, is another Laoan restaurant which serves exclusively traditionally cooked food. Due to the perfect service, tasty traditional meals and pleasant atmosphere, it is one of the most visited places in Luang Prabang. The restaurant has a cooking class as well, which includes the lesson, a little cook book and the degustation of the prepared meals afterwards.
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Tamarind Restaurant

8) Tamarind Restaurant

Tamarind Restaurant was created especially for foreigners who want to become a part of the Laoan culture temporarily, by trying its exotic meals. They are prepared exclusively using fresh traditional ingredients, usually bought at the morning market not far from the restaurant. The special thing about Tamarind is its cooking classes, where tourists are included in the process of cooking delicious Laoan food.
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The Spa Garden

9) The Spa Garden

The Spa Garden is one of the best spas in Luang Prabang. Aside from the common massages, the Spa Garden provides treatments specific only to the Lao culture. The scrubs and oils used for the treatments are exclusively natural. The herbal tea that is offered is also a nice addition to the relaxation hour. The Spa Garden also has a sauna. The personnel of Spa Garden is extremly amicable and helpful.

Walking Tours in Luang Prabang, Laos

Create Your Own Walk in Luang Prabang

Create Your Own Walk in Luang Prabang

Creating your own self-guided walk in Luang Prabang is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Luang Prabang Shopping Tour

Luang Prabang Shopping Tour

Luang Prabang is a very interesting place to shop. Because the culture and traditions of the Laoan people are very rich, there are numerous products that will remind the buyers of the local spirt. The most famous shopping spots are the night market and the morning market, but all the shops around Luang Prabang are as well perfect showcases of Luang Prabang art.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Luang Prabang is the tidiest and most culture-oriented city in Laos. Inhabited for thousands of years, it was the country's royal capital until 1975. The city is known for a plethora of cultural and historic attractions, much as for the abundance of Buddhist temples – wats – including the gilded 16th century Wat Xieng Thong, and Wat Mai, the former residence of Laotian chief Buddhist. To learn more about Luang Prabang's main attractions, follow this orientation walk.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.4 km
Luang Prabang Temple Walking Tour

Luang Prabang Temple Walking Tour

Luang Prabang is a city with an unbelievable number of temples, called Wats in Thai. All of them are absolute works of art, ornate with exclusive decoration reflecting both religious events and simple life sequences. Some of the temples date back to the 16th century. All of them are hosted by Laoan monks, who are usually very friendly with tourists.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.7 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Luang Prabang for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Luang Prabang has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Luang Prabang, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.