Travel Guide to Luang Prabang

It’s easy to navigate Laos’ #1 tourism city, from getting to Luang Prabang to its hotels, restaurants, and transportation to the many sites.


Luang Prabang wears the crown as the top tourist destination in Laos. The UNESCO World Heritage City remains rooted in its past as the Lane Xang Kingdom’s capital and French colonial stronghold. More and more natural and cultural activities are adding to its lure, and the city is sustainably adapting to the growing number of tourists. 

With Lao welcoming more international airlines, including low-cost carriers, flights from regional hubs to Luang Prabang are on the rise. Several airlines now offer routes from regional countries, with more in the pipeline.

Lao Airlines and Lao Skyway offer domestic flights. Overland travel is available from Thailand, Vietnam, and China, and vans and busses travel to Luang Prabang from around the country’s capital and north.

The city offers green options for maintaining the UNESCO site’s environment. The e-Bus operates three routes in electric tuk tuks, which are cheaper than traditional vehicles. Renting bicycles remains popular for reaching the city’s sites. Many hotels provide transfers to/from the Central Tourist District and airport. The airport’s official transfer counter offers rides to your hotel for LAK 50,000.    

Many of Luang Prabang’s 60-plus hotels and some 230 guesthouses sit inside “The Peninsula”. You’ll find most in the Mekong River area in the quiet neighbourhoods a step away from the main tourist hub. Some 15 resorts are nestled in the surrounding mountains and natural river settings. Budget hotels and good quality guesthouses generally cost $25-$60 per night. Star-rated hotels run between $150 and $500, though super-luxury suites can fetch $1,000 or more.

The city offers almost 300 restaurants including hotel dining outlets, and menus meet all appetites. Lao and local dishes tempt the culinary curious, while international eateries present a range of options. Many restaurants use locally grown and organic ingredients, and a growing number have achieved “The Mark” for meeting international standards for clean and safe dining. Visitors often enjoy meals at terrace restaurants lining the Mekong Riverbanks.


Luang Prabang…Timeless
Recommendations in Luang Prabang
Coconut Garden
Located in the heart of Luang Prabang’s peninsula, Coconut Garden is a bar-restaurant featuring Western and Lao dishes suitable for every palate, with most being made from scratch. The restaurant features indoor and outdoor dining, with many guests selecting the backyard terrace, as it rests back from the main street. Coconut Garden is the perfect venue to stop for a drink or a meal, anytime of the day. The bar-restaurant is open daily from 11:00-23:00, and offers tourist maps for purchase and Wi-Fi.
Coconut Garden + 856 (0) 71 254 504
Saffron Coffee
Saffron Coffee is a profit-for-purpose enterprise, whose Lao Arabica is directly traded and sustainably sourced from more than 830 smallholder, hill tribe farming families in northern Laos. The coffee is processed, hulled, graded, hand-sorted, and roasted in Luang Prabang. Saffron Coffee’s flagship cafe - the Espresso, Brew Bar, and Roastery on the Mekong in Luang Prabang - celebrates the uniqueness of its organic, shade-grown coffee. The cafe is open 7 days a week, with free Wi-Fi, air-conditioning, riverside seating, and a menu that complements the quality coffee. Saffron Coffee also offers tours between November and February, allowing guests to experience the full coffee journey from "Cherry to Cup".
Saffron Coffee +856 20 5905 7849
Ock Pop Tok
Ock Pop Tok’s fun and meaningful learning, shopping, dining and stay experiences help visitors “Discover Laos Through Textiles!” Take hands-on weaving and natural dye classes and free tours of the weaving studio at the Living Crafts Centre. Shop at Heritage Collection for classic and vintage textiles by master weavers. Blending modern design with traditional techniques, The Boutique offers fashion and home collections. Dine on classic Lao and fusion dishes at the Silk Road Café and stay in a textile-inspired room at Mekong Villa, a restored riverside bungalow. Free tuk-tuk shuttle to each location.
Ock Pop Tok +856 071 212 597
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