If the monsoon clouds decide to bring rain…what can the traveller do to keep entertained in Luang Prabang? How about standing before a golden throne, sitting behind a wooden loom, or lying on a massage table to be covered in local medicinal herbs?
1. The Luang Prabang National Museum (The Royal Palace)
2. Expand your mind
Why not learn a new skill while you’re on holidays in Luang Prabang? There are a range of classes and workshops you can do while you’re in town. Discover how to make Laap, a Lao pork/chicken salad with mint and lemongrass that is eaten with sticky rice by taking a cooking class. Or learn how to tie-dye silk and then weave with it on a traditional wooden loom. Other classes on offer include bamboo weaving, jewellery making, wood-carving, rice farming…and there’s the chance to brew your own Lao rice whiskey! Pop into the tourism office when you arrive and we can point you in the right direction.
3. Big Brother Mouse
Would you like to give something back to the local community during your stay in Luang Prabang? Many young people in Laos are eager to learn English but don’t have anyone to practice with. If it’s wet outside, why not head to the Big Brother Mouse education centre, located near 3 Nagas on the peninsular, which is open seven days a week and provides local kids with the chance to speak English with foreign visitors. There are two sessions – 9am in the morning and 5pm in the evening – where tourists are welcome to assist the kids. There’s no need to call ahead, just turn up on the day. More information here.