Photo: Wat Xieng Thong.

One day in Luang Prabang

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Have only one day in Luang Prabang? Oh boy, do we feel sorry for you; sometimes travellers stay for a week and still feel like they have more to see. But if you’re in a rush, or you were too busy relaxing and have suddenly run out of time, here is Luang Prabang packed into one day. Rent a bicycle and go.

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Rise early—really early—to watch tak bat, the morning alms ceremony. Instead of flocking to the main street where the tourist-turned-paparazzi seem to outnumber monks 10 to one, try observing the procession on a small side street or head to a neighbourhood outside of the centre like Ban Thatluang or Ban Mano. You will see fewer monks but it will be a peaceful, positive experience.

Phoget about your worries. Photo taken in or around One day in Luang Prabang, Luang Prabang, Laos by Cindy Fan.

Phoget about your worries. Photo: Cindy Fan

Time for a breakfast bowl of noodle soup. The local favourite is Luang Prabang’s version of khao soi: rice noodles topped with minced pork, tomato, fermented soybeans and chili. You can also slurp up a delicious bowl of khao piek at Xiengthong Noodle (on the main street close to the end of the peninsula), or Lao pho at stalls near the morning market. A bowl of noodle soup costs 10,000 to 20,000 kip. Take a quick stroll through the morning market.

Ready for some temple hopping? The Royal Palace Museum and the Ha Pha Bang temple, home of the sacred Prabang statue, are worth a look even if just from the outside. A visit to the museum is 30,000 kip and will only take half an hour. If you feel pressed for time, quickly ride through the grounds and head to the back for a peek at the last royal family’s collection of classic cars.

The pretty hues of Wat Sene. Photo taken in or around One day in Luang Prabang, Luang Prabang, Laos by Cindy Fan.

The pretty hues of Wat Sene. Photo: Cindy Fan

Cycle or wander through the town’s charming side streets, admiring the fusion of French colonial and Lao architecture, taking in scenes of local life. Stop at any of the temples; you’ll find the highest concentration of them are on the ... Travelfish members only (Around 700 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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