Perfect Itinerary for 1 Day in Luang Prabang

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Visiting the ancient capital, the world’s cultural heritage of Luang Prabang, you will have the chance to look back the past Laos with exciting activities in 1 day in Luang Prabang.

5.30 am: Record images of monks seeking alms

The ancient capital of Luang Prabang attracts visitors thanks to many ancient temples built over many dynasties with high artistic value and remainder of place used to be a Buddhist center of “the Land of Million Elephants”. In every early dawn, image of monks seeking alms on the street Phon Heuang is always intriguing for foreign tourists.

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Whenever a monk passing, the localsknee at their house’s gate and reverently offer food.

7 am: Enjoy a morning grilled food

Under the chilly air of the mountains in the morning, you can come to any food stalls on the street corners to enjoy baked dishes such as grilled pork, grilled chicken, and grilled chicken’s hearts served with sticky rice in Lao style.

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8 am: Discover Pak Ou Caves with over 4,000 Buddha statues

After breakfast, you should begin the journey to explore the cool Pak Ou Caves. The caves are loated in the north of the ancient city, along the Mekong River and approximately 30 km from the center. Tuk tuk stops by the river, and you buy a boat ticket to the other side.

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Pak Ou includes 2 limestone caves of Tham Theung (Upper Cave) and Tham Ting (Lower Cave). More than 4,000 ancient Buddha statues were hidden in the caves by the Laotian more than 300 years ago when their capital was invaded.

14h: Find the ancient figure of Laos through the ancient temple of Pa Huak

The ancient templesare located along the main avenue of the quiet town. In Pa Huak temple, you will be attracted by the wood sculptures and 19th-century walls, most describing the Buddha or the historical context. Front yard of the temple overlooks the National Museum (formerly the Royal Palace) in the other side of the road with beautiful view from above; the lower is many souvenir shops – which can cause you to take hours to enjoy and buy as a gift.

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15h: Admire the most sacred temple in Luang Prabang

Wat Xieng Thong is considered the most sacred temple in Luang Prabang, which was built in 1560 by King Setthathirath. Sponsored by the royal, the temple has many ancient Buddha attaning Nirvana statues. In 1931, a few antiques in the temple was brought to Paris (France) Exhibition and only returned to Laos after 30 years.

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There are lots of big golden Buddha statues in the main chamber of Vatmay Souvannapoumaram, with many small Buddha images around. There’s also a Buddhist class at the temple. If interested, you can come and listen to the sermons by Laotian.

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17h: Enjoy panoramic view over ancient city on Phousi hill

The ideal activity which can make you spend hours in Luang Prabang is enjoying panoramic view of the town lighting up while standing on top of Phousi hill. In Luang Prabang, all roads lead to Soukkaseum road along the Mekong River, where located Thammothayaramtemple. It is situated on Phousi hill including 338 stairs. This temple has Buddha footprint, a detail you should not skip when visiting this place.

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19h: Stroll around the night market

Once there, you can not miss the night market. The stallsare located on the road along the Sisavangvongpedestrian street. Right around the corner there’s a Khot coconut cake stall. Crossing across the street is the booths sold snacks.

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You can try out the rustic, cheap and delicious cuisine of Laos. Lao rice noodle is exotic with thick broth and a little seasoning sauce, lemon, pepper, very tasty. At the end of the day, you can stop by to try a vegetarian buffet for KIP 10,000. Vegetarian buffet style only once for each payment, so diners try to load as much food as possible, including stirrednoodles with vegetable, carrots, stirred tofu with sprouts, cucumber, pumpkin, vegetable spring rolls, fried cowpea…

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