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Top 10 things to do during your trip in Luang Prabang, Laos

      1. Visit the Kuangsi Waterfalls


      Kuangsi Waterfalls are a cluster various stunning waterfalls and are one of the most popular attractions of Luang Prabang. The tourists enjoy the natural landscapes and meet ethic minorities. You can spend a day at the sapphire colored pools by bringing a picnic basket prepared by Villa Maly staffs. You can rent a tuk tuk from our hotel or ask us to book a private car with your own driver.


      2. Cruise along Mekong River to Pak Ou Caves


      About two hours upstream from Luang Prabang, the Pak Ou Caves are located in limestone cliffs above the Mekong River. The caves are filled with many wooden Buddha statues. You can reach the Pak Ou Caves by a two-hour cruise along the Mekong, and view lots of beautiful river scenery.


      3. Discover Night Market


      The daily night market is a must-visit place for tourists in Luang Prabang. Here you can buy souvenirs, craft and silverware. After tasting all good food at Villa Maly, the night market is also a great place to try BBQ river fish, noodles, and other street food.


      4. Watch sunset from Phou Si Hill


      The large hill in Luang Prabang is known as Phou Si or “Holy Mountain”. The hill brings amazing views of the two rivers and the town. Here you can watch beautiful sunrise and sunset from top Phou Si. You can buy drinks and snacks at the base or bring along food prepared by Villa Maly staffs.


      5. Enjoy Laos food

      Laos food in Luang Prabang is interesting to try. Baguettes and croissants, spicy soup, sticky rice and meat-based dishes are popular. Other than food in Villa Maly hotel, you can try various local Lao restaurants along the Mekong River roadside.


      6. Taste wine in Whisky Village

      Known as Ban Xang Hai, this Lao village is on way to Pak Ou Caves. The local whiskey or Lao Lao is made with all sorts of snakes, insects mixed with the whiskey and sold in various shaped bottles. You can also buy Lao silk and other crafts at the village.


      7. Visit Temple of the Golden City

      Wat Xieng Thong or Temple of the Golden City is one of the oldest temples in Luang Prabang, which was built in 1560. You can see unique architecture temple here and check out the restored wall paintings, which look amazingly beautiful.


      8. Try Elephant Riding


      The Elephant Park Project Area is located about 15 km out of town and in the middle of a mountainous surrounding. An easy 3-hour trekking will lead you out into a local Kamu village where you get an overview of daily life and culture of this ethnic minority.


      9. Visit Royal Palace Museum


      If you are interested in Villa Maly architecture, you will also like the Royal Palace which was built in 1909 during French colonization to house King Sisavang Vong and the royal family. In 1975, it was converted into a museum consisting of several buildings with ancient art and important artifacts.


      10. Explore the Chompet

      You can take a boat across the Mekong to the small village of Chompet. Unlike Luang Prabang, Chompet is a peaceful place to observe village life for a day. A few small temples and a miniature version of the Pak Ou Caves make the short excursion to Chompet worth the effort.

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