The staple of Lao cuisine is ‘sticky rice’, a glutinous form or rice that is served with most meals and cooked using a traditional method. Authentic Lao cuisine is easy to find, as are western dishes including French cuisine. Local favorites to try while you are here include laap, a spicy salad of ground meat and herbs; and tam mak hung, spicy green papaya salad. Both these dishes are commonly eaten with ping kai, grilled chicken, and of course sticky rice.
Also not to be missed are the French style baguettes which can be eaten with Laughing Cow cheese wedges or Lao style with salad and a meat pâté. In addition to Lao and French cuisine, Indian cuisine is becoming increasingly popular in Luang Prabang and you will find a small selection of Indian-run restaurants.
Coffee is also widely available and a favorite of the locals. Try having a glass at one of the intimate shops along the river, where locals and foreigners sit around a bar. The freshly brewed coffee is served with condensed milk, followed by a cup of hot green tea. If you want to sample the country’s alcoholic offerings, Beer Lao is hugely popular with locals and tourists alike and rated as one of the best in region.
Luang Prabang’s unspoilt surroundings are ideal for outdoor activities, with everything from waterfalls, hill tribe villages and rivers waiting to be discovered. If you have hired a bicycle to get around town, consider doing the 30km-ride to Kuang Si Waterfall and the Bear Rescue Centre. Rafting is also popular and both the Mekong and Nam Ou rivers offer beautiful scenery. If you prefer to stay on dry land, the trek from Muang Khai to Ban Na Haew offers opportunities to visit hill tribe villages.
Cycling is a fantastic way to get around Luang Prabang, with most of the city’s major attractions just a short bike ride apart, the land is relatively flat and the roads quiet. There are several shops and guesthouses that hire bicycles of varying sizes and models. If you would rather do your explorations accompanied by a guide, consider signing up for a group cycling tour. This will allow you to see the city’s surroundings without worrying about getting lost. Cycling tours typically involve other fun activities such as rafting. A popular trip is the 30km-ride out to Kuang Si Waterfall. The best months for cycling are December and January.
Rafting with a reputable company can be an exhilarating experience and a great way to take in the scenic Mekong and Nam Ou rivers. Many travel agents and guesthouses organize group rafting trips of varying lengths, which normally include a stop at a small village along the way for lunch. Rafting is also a great way to see the way of life of the Lao people that live along the banks of the rivers. Different kinds of rafts are available, but most tour groups use two-seater canoes. Rafters should take care to wear suitable clothing to protect them from the sun. >>> Read more>>> Page | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13| 14 | 15 | 16 |