Budget in Luang Prabang
We spent about $160 per day travelling in Laos. You can see the full budget breakdown on our family travel budget page.
Accommodation in Luang Prabang for families
There are so many guesthouses in and around the main town in Luang Prabang that finding accommodation is easy. We stayed at couple of different guesthouses (Thatsaphone and Aham’s guesthouses) and two hotels Kiridara and Hotel De La Paix (soon to be Sofitel Luang Prabang). Kiridara is a beautiful hotel a little out of the main town but they offer a convenient on demand shuttle or tuk tuk making it easy to get to. Hotel De La Paix is close to town and a 30 000 kip or an easy bike ride.
You can find more accommodation options for Luang Prabang here.
Where to eat in Luang Prabang
If you’d like try Lao food, you can’t go past 3 Nagas Restaurant in the city centre. They have a number of Laotian sets you can try and will happily prepare a fried rice or fried noodles for the kids.
Lao food is known to be very meat heavy, but the restaurant happily adjusted their set for me to try a vegetarian version.
The set was truly delicious and gave us a fantastic opportunity to try a range of Lao foods in one sitting.
I recommend the Lao curry and the tapioca dessert – both were delicious.
What to do For families in Luang Prabang
A trip to Luang Prabang is not complete without heading out to Kuang si Falls for a swim. Tuk tuk drivers from anywhere in town will be happy to take you for a half day trip.
The falls are beautiful. There are four different levels – you should definitely walk up to see them all. You can’t swim in the top fall and the one second from the top is probably the best to swim in with kids. There is a tree jump you can do on the second one up into the water where it is quite deep (but my feet did touch the bottom so I wasn’t so keen to do it again).
If you do go out to the waterfalls you will (by default) visit the sunbear sanctuary and should take the time to walk down the road to see the butterfly farm.
A vigorous walk up Mount Phousi is well worth it for the magnificent views it affords over Luang Prabang and the Mekong. I did it with my son (aged four) and he managed it easily.
The small Luang Prabang Royal Museum is also worth visiting with the kids. There is a big pond to the left of the museum with hundreds of fish. The kids loved watching them splash about. They loved all the gold in the museum and seeing the king’s bedroom. It was a quick trip through which is just as well because the museum closes for lunch and at 4.30pm each day.
Head out to Ock Pop Tock to see how silk is made and to see the weavers at work. This was fascinating for all of us. The food at the café is delicious and you can even book a weaving class at Ock Pop Tock depending on how long you are in town for.
We visited an elephant sanctuary – All Lao Elephant Camp – and really enjoyed the opportunity to get up close and even feed them.
- We were quoted 200 000 Kip from most drivers, but managed to go one day for 150 000 for the four of us.
- Make sure you’re clear that you want to stay a few hours (I would recommend four) when you negotiate the price.
- Ask your driver to pick you up at the butterfly farm to save a trip back up the hill
- Go to the shop in town and ask them to book the Tuk Tuk for you to their Living Crafts Centre. If you are going to do a tour, make sure you coincide it with a lunch so you can try out the Silk Road Café.
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