Luang Prabang is a popular destination for backpackers in Laos. This is not surprising, as there are many activities in Luang Prabang that you can do. But what are some fun off the beaten path activities in Luang Prabang? When I stayed in Luang Prabang, I did 5 activities that I don’t think most backpackers know about.
Here are my five off the beaten path activities in Luang Prabang:
Pet cats in the Luangprabang Cat Café
YES!!! There is a cat cafe in Luang Prabang! Super cute! It’s a small cafe, but the cats are super cute. The cats have ‘their own’ choice to go into the cafe and chill with the people or to stay behind the scenes. Therefore, the amount of cats varies from time to time. I think this is only normal, because cats are still animals and should not be used for mere entertainment. They have a great (western) menu with delicious drinks and dishes. All in all, I would definitely come back here! Loved my visit!
Visit Wat Hosian Voravihane and discover the beautiful decorations
This temple is not on everyone’s list and that is really a shame. When I visited Wat Hosian Voravihane, I was the only one walking around. There are several temples and buildings on the grounds and you can see the homes of the monks. It is a very beautiful place! The temple is beautifully decorated and really worth a visit. If you plan to visit this temple, remember to cover your shoulders and wear long pants or skirts, even if you are alone at the temple!
Swim at La Pistoche Swimming Pool & Bar
The La Pistoche Swimming Pool & Bar is a great place for anyone who does not have a pool at the hotel. This public pool has 1 large pool and 2 children’s pools. For only … admission you can enjoy the whole day on one of the poolside beds. They have a cheap menu with great drinks and food. I spent up to 3 days here. A very nice place!
Donate a book for children at the Luang Prabang Library
If you’re visiting Luang Prabang, do stop by at the Luang Prabang Library and donate to the children’s book bag! You only pay 20,000 kip (USD$2) for 1 book. You can donate as many as you like. It will go to children in Laos for whom books are an unaffordable luxury.
There’s also a book shop next door where you can buy new or second hand books. You can also exchange books. Excellent initiative and very useful for tourists and backpackers.
Try traditional breakfast snacks at the Luang Prabang Morning Market
Almost everyone knows the night market in Luang Prabang, but the morning market is often forgotten. This lively market is small and very local. You’ll see Laotians shopping for their fresh fruits, vegetables, fish and meat. It’s a great place to try some traditional breakfast snacks and street food. The morning market in Luang Prabang starts at about 6 a.m. and ends around 9 a.m. The perfect time to visit the market is between 7 and 8 am.
If you know any other fun off the beaten path activities in Luang Prabang, feel free to share them in the comments section below. Would love to hear about them!
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