Luang Prabang has so much to offer! Below, find some of the main attractions and activities to do while in this beautiful UNESCO World Heritage town. Our friendly staff at the reception will be more than happy to point out the highlights of Luang Prabang on a map and help you choose the right activities during your stay with us. Don't forget to relax - for example in our Palm Tree Health Spa or during a sunset cruise on our private boat!
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The Waterfalls around Luang Prabang are one of the must-do Activities. Enjoy your day at Kuang Si or Tad Sae Waterfalls, swim in the natural pools with turquoise water and experience the exotic jungle. Both Kuang Si and Tad Sae are reachable by Tuktuk or motorbike (1 hour drive). Right next to Kuang Si Waterfalls you also find a Bear Rescue Center and the Butterfly Center. All of these activities are also very suitable to do with kids!
Temples / Wats
There are 34 temples, 12 in the surrounding Peninsula of the Mekong Riverview Hotel. The whole day, you can observe the daily activities in the Wats.
Luang Prabang is renowned for it's beautiful Wats and we are lucky enough to have the famous Wat Xieng Thong as our neighbour, merely a few minutes walk from the hotel. Please dress appropriately.
The famous Night Market of Luang Prabang showcases beautiful products of Laos ethnic groups. From lampshades made out of the Saa-paper, to silk scarves or wooden bowls you'll find souvenirs in good quality. For the best products, look out for the "Handmade in Luang Prabang" signs! The Night market is open daily from around 6 PM to 10 PM on the main road in front of the National Museum.
The former royal palace was built in 1904 and features mixed elements of Lao and French Architecture. It was built for King Sisavang Vong and his family during the French colonial era. Today, you can visit the main house, as well as the royal car collection and the extensive premises. Please dress appropriately.
The holy mountain in the center of town offers a spectacular view over Luang Prabang. It is best visited at sunrise or sunset. Don't underestimate the steep stairs! It can be a very sweaty way up, but the view is worth it. There are two ways up, one in front of the National Museum and one along the Nam Khan River.
Pak Ou Cave
One of the most holy sites in Laos. In several caves you will find over 4000 Buddha icons and statues. Pak Ou Cave is only accessible by boat on the Mekong, which takes roughly 1 hour from Luang Prabang. This trip can be combined with other activities, such as a visit to the Lao-Lao-Village (where the local "Whiskey" is made).
ACTIVITIES WITH MEKONG RIVERVIEW HOTEL
Are you feeling tired after a day of sightseeing and activities?
Come relax at the Palm Tree Health Spa: Enjoy a professional massage treatment, refresh yourself in the Natural Salt Water Pool and unwind in our beautiful environment.
Do you want to know where we grow our vegetables?
Our comfortable luxurious boat takes you to the other side of the Mekong, where you can visit our own organic garden, where many of the vegetables used in our Viewpoint Restaurant are grown.
Would you like to see Luang Prabang from the Mekong?
A must-do activity in Luang Prabang: a cruise on the Mekong. Our luxurious boat takes you for an afternoon or sunset cruise to explore Luang Prabang from the river. Beautiful views guaranteed!
Event Calendar 2019 / 2020
There are several festivals and holidays in Luang Prabang that you should not miss if you are in the region! The most picturesque of all, Boun Lai Heua Fai (Festival of Lights) takes usually place in October and is accompanied by a range of activities such as the procession of the paper light boats made by the villagers. Our event calendar gives you a quick overview of the most important Lao festivals and events.
Please note that all dates stated below are subject to change - please consult the official Luang Prabang Tourism site for more information and the final dates. Our team at the reception is also happy to arrange activities for you! Just get in touch with the contact form.
APRIL: Boun Pi Mai Lao (Lao New Year)
14-16 Apr 19 / 14-16 Apr 20
The most popular festival in Laos. Water fights, Elephant Procession, Beauty Contest, Parades, Sand Stupa Building, and the carrying of the most precious Buddha all through town - you will not get bored and not stay dry! But that's not a problem: the festival takes place during the hottest time of the year.
MAY: Boun Bang Fai (Rocket Festival)
03-07 May 19 / 03-07 May 20
The rocket festival takes place 75km outside of Luang Prabang. It is a rain and fertility festival. Taking place after the hottest time of the year, the rockets appeal to the Gods to send the needed rain for the next rice planting season.
JULY: Boun Khao Phansa
16 July 19 / 5 July 20
Boun Khao Phansa is the beginning of Buddhist Lent. It is a very busy day in the Wats, as the lay people are giving donations, such as food, soap and toothpaste to the monks. The buddhist monks will then retreat for 3 (lunar) months in their wats (Buddhist Lent). It's a time for meditation and contemplation.
AUGUST: Souang Heua (Boat Racing Festival)
28 August (Market Fair), 29 August 2019 (Race) / date n.a. yet for 2020
Long boats from all the villages in and around Luang Prabang compete to win the race on the Mekong/Nam Khan River. One day before the festival, a big market is set up on the main streets and you can enjoy the festive atmosphere.
OCTOBER: Boun Ork Phansa (End of Buddhist Lent)
13 October 19 / 1 October 20
After a 3 months retreat, the buddhist monks return to their families. Candle-lit offerings are launched on the river at night. The holiday also marks the end of rainy season.
OCTOBER: Boun Lai Heua Fai (Festival of Lights)
14 October 19 / 2 October 20
The most picturesque festival of Laos. Candle lit boats are built in the villages, paraded through town and then launched on the rivers to ask the river Nagas (water spirits) for good luck. It's a solemn celebration with hundreds of candles lit in all the Wats in Luang Prabang.
OCTOBER: Run for Children Half Marathon
20 October 19 / date n.a. yet for 2020
Every year, the charity race benefitting the Lao Friends Hospital for Children takes place in Luang Prabang. It is probably the most beautiful Half Marathon that you could ever run! Runners can choose from a 7km, 14km, or 21km distance along a scenic loop course that weaves past temples and local homes, through the heart of the historic UNESCO town. More info and registration
DECEMBER: Boun Kin Chiang (Hmong New Year)
first two weeks of December / first two weeks of December
In Hmong villages all around Luang Prabang you can observe the festivities of another ethnic minority. The festival includes Hmong music, traditional ball games, dancing and a beauty pageant.
DECEMBER: Boun Pod Pi or Boun Kreu (Khmu New Year)
last two weeks of December / last two weeks of December
In Khmu villages around Luang Prabang you can observe the festivities of the largest ethnic groups of Laos. It's the best opportunity to see the traditional clothes, dances and games and listen to the traditional music.