Morning Alms Giving Ceremony in Luang Prabang: Everything You Need to Know

The morning alms giving ceremony is an amazing way to participate in an ancient local custom, and to get in touch with the spirituality, history, and cultural heritage of Luang Prabang. Unfortunately, bad and disrespectful behavior by tourists has soured the experience somewhat. Help change things by being a responsible tourist. What time is the alms giving ceremony in Luang Prabang? How should you behave? What is the dress code? How do you give alms to monks?

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Pak Ou Caves Day Trip from Luang Prabang- Is it worth it?

One of the most popular day trips from Luang Prabang, Laos is to visit the legendary Pak Ou Caves. What are the Pak Ou Caves? How much does it cost to visit them? How do you get there? Is it worth it to spend half a day visiting the caves? Read on!

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Ban Xang Hai - the Whisky Village outside of Luang Prabang

Ban Xang Hai, commonly referred to as the “Whisky Village” sits about 30km north of Luang Prabang. A visit to the village includes free shots of strong Lao whisky, the chance to buy lots of traditional handicrafts, and a short stop to explore the village. Is it worth it to visit the Whisky Village in Luang Prabang? Is the lao-lao rice whisky any good? Read on!

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Wat Mai - Beautiful Royal Temple in Luang Prabang (Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham)

Just down the road from the Royal Palace is Wat Mai, one of the most important royal temples in Luang Prabang, and one that you mustn’t miss when touring the historic city in Laos.

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7 amazing cafes in Luang Prabang, Laos where you can chill out and relax

Luang Prabang is Laos’ funky UNESCO World Heritage City, full of temples, palaces, and lots of cool cafes. Here are some of the best cafes in the city, both the ones that are long-time tourist haunts and those that are more local and traditional. Lao coffee is world-famous, and you definitely must not miss enjoying a cafe or ten while you are in the country.

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Luang Prabang National Museum and Haw Phra Bang - Lao royal palace and temple

A visit to Luang Prabang is incomplete without a visit to the Natinonal Museum, old Royal Palace, and Haw Phra Bang Temple. The Royal Temple is the home to the legendary Phra Bang Buddha, and sits on the grounds of the old Luang Phrabang Royal Palace. Today, the site is operated and maintained by the Luang Phrabang National Museum, and is one of the best and most interesting sites in the entire city.

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Two Temples in Central Vang Vieng, Laos - discover Lao spirituality

Visit Vang Vieng’s two amazing temples! While Vang Vieng may be best known for its wild parties and basically free alcohol, there’s a quieter, more cultural spiritual side to the popular backpacker’s town as well. As Vang Vieng struggles to reclaim its culture and peaceful atmosphere from its bad reputation, more visitors are looking to the lesser-known side of this little town on the Nam Song River.

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10 Free Things to do and see in Vientiane, Laos

10 FREE things to do in Vientiane, the capital of the Lao PRD. These top 10 interesting and exciting attractions are some of the best things to do in the city. From museums to markets to temples, don’t miss these amazing free sites in Vientiane, Laos.

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Visiting the COPE Center in Vientiane, Laos

Laos, the most heavily bombed country in the history of the world, is still suffering after the Vietnam War. There are more unexploded ordinances (UXO) in Laos than there are people, and the poor infrastructure and rough terrain make it difficult to remove bombs. The COPE Center, an NGO in Vientiane, is a fascinating and heartbreaking museum that does a lot of work on UXO removal and providing prosthetic limbs to those who have been injured in explosions.

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Wat Si Mueang and the City Pillar Shrine: Royal Temple in Vientiane

Visit Wat Si Mueang and the nearby City Pillar Shrine, two of Vientiane's most historic and important Buddhist landmarks. Both the temple and the city pillar are located in the eastern side of town, just a short walk past the Presidential Palace and Wat Si Saket, and easily reachable by foot. Both the temple and city pillar are free to visit.

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How to get from Vientiane to Vang Vieng, Laos: Bus REVIEW

What is it like to travel by bus in Laos? How much does a ticket cost? Is it safe to take the bus between Vientiane and Vang Vieng? How long does the trip between Vientiane and Vang Vieng take? We travel by bus in northern Laos. Here’s our review!

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Do you need a visa to visit Laos?

Almost everyone needs a visa to visit Laos. The good news is that many nationalities are able to apply for visas-upon-arrival at certain international airports and border crossings in Laos. Make sure that you are able to receive a visa on arrival, or else risk being turned away at immigration.

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Riding the Vientiane City Bus from Wattay Airport, Laos

Save money and get around Vientiane, Laos easily with the new city bus. The bus runs directly to and from Wattay International Airport, and visits all of the most popular sites in the city, including Patuxai, Buddha Park, the Friendship Bridge, and much more. Learn how to take the bus, where it goes, and how much it costs here!

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Reviewing Three NEW Flavors of Beer Lao (Craft Beer in Laos)

Beer Lao, the national drink of the Lao PDR, is widely considered to be the best beer in Asia. This year, for Visit Laos Year 2018, the brewery has released three brand-new flavors or Beer Lao: White, Amber, and Hoppy. We give these three new brews a try in the Laotian capital of Vientiane.

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Independence Palace: A Time Capsule of War-Era Saigon

The most interesting attraction in all of Saigon? Take a self-guided tour of Independence Palace (now re-named Reunification Palace), the former residence and seat of power for the South Vietnamese President and a relic of the wild glory days of 1960's South Vietnam. If you see nothing else in Saigon, you can’t miss a visit to the Independence Palace Museum.

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Visiting the Saigon Zoo and Botanical Gardens

Visit the Saigon Zoo and Botanical Gardens, once considered to be the pearl of Indochina. Vietnam’s largest zoo dates back to 1865, and is a great place to spend a day in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City).

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What to do in Nha Trang, Vietnam (FREE and cheap attractions)

Nha Trang is a resort town located on Vietnam’s south-central coast. Though the city is popular with visitors for its Vinpearl Land amusement park and resort, there are tons of free and budget-friendly attractions within the city too. These are some of the cheap and free things to do in Nha Trang, Vietnam.

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