Explore Luang Prabang and its activities

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. Also, our vintage style electrical carts will bring you anywhere in town for free!

Did you know... What's the number one comment from our guests after their stay with us? "I wish we had stayed a couple days longer." So plan to spend enough time here! Find our recommendation of the duration of your stay here. Also check out of Offers-Page with our special seasonal offers!


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. 

Night Market in Luang Prabang, Laos with Temple Wat Haw Pha Bang in the background

Night Market

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.

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. 

Mt. Phousi

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).  

Event Calendar

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)

MAY:   Boun Bang Fai (Rocket Festival)

JULY: Boun Khao Phansa

AUGUST:   Souang Heua (Boat Racing Festival)

OCTOBER:   Boun Ork Phansa (End of Buddhist Lent)

OCTOBER:   Boun Lai Heua Fai (Festival of Lights)

OCTOBER:    Run for Children Half Marathon

DECEMBER:   Boun Kin Chiang (Hmong New Year)

DECEMBER:   Boun Pod Pi or Boun Kreu (Khmu New Year)