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Sleepless in Laos: The Luang Prabang Night Market

Being a night owl may not match with the lifestyle in Luang Prabang. The city wakes up early, and things tend to close down when the sky grows dark. While there is some night life in the more touristy bars and clubs, in general, Luang Prabang is a quiet and sleepy city, especially once the sun goes down. Luang Prabang is considered to be one of the most charming and peaceful cities in Southeast Asia.

Exploring Luang Prabang's Morning Market

The Luang Prabang Morning Market comes alive before the sun rises. After spending a cool, fresh morning experiencing a Lao alms-giving ceremony, head to the morning market to buy some of the freshest, healthiest, and most delicious produce in the city. You have to wake up early to experience the Morning Market, but it’s one of the coolest local experiences that you really shouldn’t miss when traveling to the city.

10 Must-Have Experiences in Luang Prabang, Laos

For such a small town, Luang Prabang has a lot to offer. From temple-hopping and silent cinema to sipping snake whisky and shopping at the night market, it’s hard to be bored, even if the town looks a little sleepy from the outside. Here, we share some of the coolest experiences that we recommend you to try when visiting Luang Prabang, Laos.

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?

Lao-Lao: What is Laotian Rice Whisky?

As ubiquitous as the ever-popular Beer Lao, lao-lao, or Laotian rice whisky, is one of the staple drinks of the Lao PDR. This super cheap home-brewed moonshine is found throughout the country, and is today even served in a large range of craft-style options. What is lao-lao? How is it made? Where can you buy it? How much does it cost?

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.

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.