Last update: March 2023, please let us know if you'll find anything has changed.
* means we haven't been there ourselves but heard good stories or would like to try next time!
The best way to get to Luang Prabang is by slow boat, a true experience in itself. You can take the slowboat from the border between Thailand and Laos, from the small village of Huay Xai. When we where there (in february 2023) the slowboat left every day around 11:30 am but we have heard stories about time changes so make sure to check that.
You can buy a ticket beforehand but we decided to try our luck and buy one on the spot. This was no problem whatsoever and the best price (400.000 kip per person all the way to Luang Prabang).
The slowboat takes two days, the first day bring you from Huay Xai to Pakbeng in about 7 hours. There you have to spend the night (not included!) and the next day you go on to Luang Prabang in pretty much the same amount of time. The slowboat is a bit notorious for being a party hardy experience but this really depends on each boat. Our first day was a bit of a beer and noise fest but the second day the group was devided over two boats and we chose the more quiet one. It was a nice trip with great views, despite the sore body from the old chairs and lack of space.
In the city center of Luang Prabang you can visit most sights on foot. A few call for a bicycle or tuktuk.
For the points of interest outside the city we recommend renting a motorbike. We rented ours via the hotel.
Kuang Si waterfall
Tak Bat ceremony
Ock Pop Tok*
Big Brother Mouse
Food & Drink
Two Little Birds cafe - healthy bowls and juices
Comma Coffee - try their cookies!
Le Khaoji cafe & hangout - tasty Banh Mi
Family bakery & restaurant - great breakfast choices
Le Cafe/Bistro Ban Vat Sene - clean and neat restaurant
Redbul Sports bar - drinks and good vibes
Rice Farm cafe! - a hidden gem, a great lunch restaurant with an amazing view
Luangphrabang Civet Coffee - specialty coffee and wine tasting, ask for a tour
Wat Sene Alley restaurant - local
Tamarind - try the set menu for the best experience
Khaiphaen! - good food for a good cause
Popolo - pizza
Puck Luck kitchen - good quality local food
View Khemkong Guesthouse