Top 10 Luang Prabang Cultural Tours You Have To Go On

If you’re visiting Laos, then you’ve got to make a stop at the city of Luang Prabang. With its stunning setting, lying in a valley surrounded by astonishing mountains, it’s a place that’s too beautiful to miss.

Top 10 Luang Prabang Cultural Tours You Have To Go On

On top of that, it has loads of historical heritage to it, with its very old Buddhist temples and other fascinating sights.

Of course, the best way to really get to know a place that’s new to you is by taking part in a variety of cultural tours!

They’re the perfect combination of fun and fascination, teaching you loads about the place around you, while being plenty entertaining too.

In our fun guide below, we’ve got the top 10 Luang Prabang cultural tours you have to go on.

Whatever your interests, there’s sure to be a handful of enthralling activities here that will lift you off your feet!

Luang Prabang City Tour And Kuang Si Waterfalls

We’re starting our day off with a massive, detailed tour that is sure to show you much of what Luang Prabang has to offer.

The tour typically takes around 12 hours, meaning that you’ll want to carve out most of a full day to fit it in – but it’ll be worth it!

Thankfully, the tour only takes small groups of people, meaning that you won’t get lost in a crowd or find it difficult to ask questions as you go along.

The tour begins with a city tour of Luang Prabang, then moves to an afternoon trip to the beautiful Kuang Si Waterfall.

A local guide will take the group around the UNESCO World Heritage Sites that are in Luang Prabang, showing you all some of the most important cultural and historical locations.

As you see them, the guide will tell you plenty of unique local stories about the city, with information about the old temples and the legends that they have painted on their walls. 

After your thorough tour of the city, you’ll get to go to the gorgeous Kuang Si Waterfall.

Words can’t really describe its beauty, so you’ll have to see for yourself! The waters are a beautiful blue, and the trees are lush and green.

Unfortunately, the entrance fees to the temples and museums aren’t included with the tour, but the fee to the waterfalls is. 

Dining And Cruising On The Mekong River

After you’ve done all the exhausting walking of the fascinating tour we just looked at, you’ll probably want something more restful. Well, a cruise is the perfect answer!

This is a lovely and relaxing cruise that lasts around 3 and a half hours. It departs in the morning or the evening, so you can pick which type of experience and atmosphere you’d like as you sail along the Mekong River.

The Mekong River will have plenty of sites for you to enjoy as the cruise goes along, but you’ll also be able to enjoy a delicious meal and a show while on board too.

The show is a traditional Laos dance, showing you something of the local customs and culture. 

Private Tour Of Morning Market, The Villages, And The Kuang Si Waterfall

Private Tour Of Morning Market, The Villages, And The Kuang Si Waterfall

This is another day-long tour that will show you plenty of the best sights that Luang Prabang has to offer.

You’ll notice that this takes you to the Kuang Si Waterfall like the other tour we looked at earlier, though this time you’re not going to be getting a look at the city.

Instead? You get to escape from the rush of the city and instead spend peaceful time touring the Lao countryside.

While there, you’ll begin by taking part in a traditional alms-giving ceremony (it’s optional if you’d rather watch!), before looking at the Phosi Market’s fascinating stalls. After that, you visit a range of villages, like Hmong and Khmu. 

You’ll then get an included lunch, before setting off on a small hike through a rainforest – beautiful! Then, to cool down, you get to swim beneath the Kuang Si Waterfall, which is a blissful experience that will help you really appreciate the surroundings. 

Finally, you can go to the Tat Kuang Si Bear Sanctuary, where you can observe some of the furry fellas from safety. It’s a packed day out, with plenty of sights and experiences!

Day Tour Of Pak Ou Caves And Kuang Si Fall

Another tour, this will show you even more of what the city of Luang Prabang contains, with fascinating sights and intriguing history to learn. The tour takes around 10 hours, so be sure to have a full day ready for it!

The friendly local guide will take you through a whole range of places, beginning with the streets of Luang Prabang.

You’ll see how the locals live and interact, before you travel over to the Pak Ou Caves. This is a fascinating area, full of natural beauty and history.

After that, you’ll take a trip to a rural village, where you can see the locals make some rice wine. Finally, you’ll go to the Kuang Si Waterfall and enjoy a picturesque picnic there.

As you can tell, this waterfall is one of the most stunning sights in all of Luang Prabang, which is why it appears on so many tours! You can never visit too many times.

Half-Day City Tour Of The Luang Prabang World Heritage Sites

If you want a tour that’s a little quicker, but still packed with loads of fascinating sights and details, then this half-day tour of the Luang Prabang’s highlights and World Heritage sites is a great choice.

You’ll enjoy a morning of intriguing sightseeing, looking at the amazing temples and the architecture that’s from the colonial era.

You’ll also visit Wat Choumkhong (a temple), the Royal Palace Museum, and more. 

Private Minibus To The Kuang Si Waterfall

If you just want to go to the Kuang Si Waterfall, without a large city or village tour around that, then you can take this private minibus to the dreamy location. 

Driving along to the location can be one of the best ways to get there, because you can sit back, relax, and soak in all of the beautiful scenery.

Once you get there, you can gaze at all the beauty that the waterfall has to offer: the tumbling water, the clear pools of beautifully blue water, the tall and delicate trees. 

Evening Tour Of Luang Prabang

Taking a tour of Luang Prabang during the day is a beautiful experience, seeing all of the locals going about their work and lives in the crisp, clear sunshine.

However, you need to experience Luang Prabang by night too! The atmosphere of any city is totally different in the evening, with the lights lower and the nightlife coming out.

This evening tour is a great way to experience Luang Prabang at these hours, where you can shop for items at the night market, dine at a popular restaurant, and even play the beloved game of petanque with the Lao people. 

Rice Journey In Luang Prabang

Rice is a big part of Luang Prabang, with its production being a key part of the area’s output. 

With this fascinating tour, you can see the path that rice takes, from growing in the field to being on your plate at home. It’s a half-day tour, where you’ll watch water buffalo plowing the Luang Prabang rice fields.

After that, you’ll learn all about the seasonal lives that rice farmers have, along with finding out about how rice is planted, harvested, and finally prepared.

Temple Tour With Fish Foot Massages 

Temple Tour With Fish Foot Massages

If you want to see all that Luang Prabang has to offer, then it’s going to take a lot of walking! So many of the tours that we’ve looked at will have you walking around the city or its villages.

It’s a great way to experience a place, because it lets you soak it up slowly. However, it can obviously be quite tiring on the feet…

Why is why this tour ends with fish foot massages! To begin with, you’ll get a tour of the fascinating and historical temples of Luang Prabang, before ending your trip with a fish foot massage. 

Private Tour Of Luang Prabang Heritage City Highlights

Our final cultural tour is this interesting trip around some of the very best (and most historically significant) sights that Luang Prabang has to offer. 

The tour is focused around the UNESCO World Heritage sites, which are some of the most interesting locations in Luang Prabang.

You’ll get to look at the Royal palace Museum, the Golden City Temple, the Ethnology Center, and more. 

Better yet, you can see more sights from the relaxing coolness of an air-conditioned car! When the walking is too much, it’s nice to be able to cruise around while still learning.

Final Thoughts

Luang Prabang in Laos is filled with fascinating sights, gorgeous views, and historical landmarks. Use our list of cultural tours to experience the best it has to offer!

Mylene Mace