You will find many things to do with teenagers in Luang Prabang. Visiting Luang Prabang with teenagers can be a great place with many outdoor options to keep them entertained. You and your teenagers will have some great experiences in this UNESCO world heritage town.
Luang Prabang is located on the Mekong River in Northern Laos.
Bike Riding in Luang Prabang with Teenagers
The town of Luang Prabang is relatively flat so it is a great place to go bike riding. Many of the hotels, hostels and guesthouse have bikes for rent or for free. There are plenty of temples around Luang Prabang to explore while you are riding. Best time to get out and about is early morning before the traffic and heat pick up. You can also ride out to some surrounding villages to see life in Laos.
If you are out in the heat of the day there are plenty of areas that are shady where you can rest. There are also plenty of places where you can get a cold drink on the side of the road or in some little shops dotted around the streets.
Big Brother Mouse School
This is a chance for your teenager to meet and chat with teenagers from Laos in the heart of Luang Prabang. The Big Brother Mouse school encourages English speaking travellers to visit and practice conversational English with the students that are there. Twice a day from 11-1 and again from 5-7 you can sit down and chat to the locals from Luang Prabang who want to practice their English.
It is a great way for them to learn from us and for us to learn about their life in Luang Prabang. Often they have only talked with their Laos English teacher. This is a great opportunity for your teenager to learn about the life of a teenager in Luang Prabang.
*Outside of Luang Prabang there is also s school called Big Sister Mouse that you can visit as well. Please ask at Big Brother Mouse and they will give you the details. Also if you plan on visiting a school if you have room they love donations of books, pencils and other class supplies.
The Kuang Si Waterfalls near Luang Prabang
Located an hour out of Luang Prabang is the town’s number 1 tourist attraction, Kuang Si Waterfalls. I have to say the road out there is filled with potholes and cracked in some places in what seems to be beyond repair. It is one of the bumpiest rides you will ever take in a tuk-tuk.
The Kuang Si waterfalls are beautiful and are well worth the uncomfortable ride. It is about a 5-minute walk to the waterfalls from the car park but it is an easy walk with only a slight incline. Along the way, you will pass a bear conservation park. It houses Sun bears. The Bears looked happy in a natural environment. There were even some cubs to look at.
Once you arrive at the waterfalls it is a ‘wow moment’. The multi-tiered waterfall cascade down the hill through a number of amazing swimming holes. The water is a milky blue colour. The further up the hill you head the less crowded it becomes.
Most of the pools have seating around them. You will find toilets and change room but be sure to pack some toilet paper with you to use. At one of the upper levels pools, you will find a restaurant. As far as things to do in Luang Prabang with teenagers go this was a favourite for ours.
The Luang Prabang Night Market
Stretching for around 500 meters along the main street of Luang Prabang is the night market. You can find all types of local crafts and souvenirs along there. Everything from slippers, to Lao Lao whisky with snakes in it to bottle openers that are made out of bomb shrapnel dropped during the Vietnam war.
A food market alleyway leads off into a labyrinth of stalls selling everything from pork belly to spring rolls and even amazing German bratwurst. The Luang Prabang night market is the main attraction once the sun goes down and it is a must see in Luang Prabang.
Luang Prabang Palace and Museum
The Luang Prabang Palace and Museum is located in the centre of town. The museum showcases the history of the Royal Family. You will see the staterooms, dining rooms, bedrooms and the Throne room.
Outside in a back shed is a collection of old cars the Royal family used. Most were given to the Royal family as a present from the United States of America. The Royal family were overthrown in the mid-1970s by the Communist party who have been in power ever since.
Alms Giving Ceremony
Every morning since the 14th century the monks of Luang Prabang have walked the streets at 5 am collecting Alms. What they are doing is collecting food for their day. The people of Luang Prabang prepare food to give to the monks as they walk past.
Tourists can also partake in this Luang Prabang attraction by also giving the monks Alms. You will find people selling little packs of rice and food ready for you to take part in this 600-year-old tradition. This is a great cultural activity for teenagers in Luang Prabang.
If you are unsure please ask your accommodation to help you. Many tourists have caused some trouble in the past by not observing proper etiquette while the monks are receiving Alms. There are signs around the town so please take the time to read them before you attend.
3 Nagas traditional dinner and dance
Every Saturday and Sunday night the 3 Nagas by Sofitel puts on a 3-course set menu meal and traditional dance evening. The show is limited to 6 tables only. It is held in a grassy courtyard by the Nam Khan River. The lovely Lao dancers put on three short performances celebrating their traditions and heritage for you.
The dancing does not go for too long so it stays very interesting. While this is happening you will be trying traditional meals that include chicken curry, a buffalo dish and more. This is definitely one of the best things to do in Luang Prabang with kids.
Luang Prabang has a laid back relaxing atmosphere that everyone loves. You will certainly find enough attractions for teenagers in Luang Prabang to do and still get the feel of this amazing town.
Places to stay in Luang Prabang
Luang Prabang has a wide range of accommodation ranging from hostels, villas, guest house up to luxury accommodation such as Sofitel. There are plenty of option for accommodation for you to see the Luang Prabang attractions
We stayed at the fantastic Lotus Villa Boutique Hotel. Spacious family rooms for 4 or more, free breakfast, convenient location, free bikes, free afternoon tea and amazing staff. Located only 1 street away from the Mekong and one street away from the main street, restaurants and shops close by. For more information and bookings click here
How to get to Luang Prabang
There are 4 ways to get to Luang Prabang which are boat, plane, car and bus. As we are writing this the Chinese are building a railway system for the Laos Government.
The Luang Prabang boats arrive daily. Most ply there trade down the Mekong from Huay Xai on the Laos Thailand border. The trip covers 330 kilometres over 2 days with a stop in Pakbeng. It is an amazing way to see the country and the mighty Mekong River.
Highway 13 brings people into Luang Prabang from Vang Vieng and Vientiane in the south and via Highway 1 to the north. Highway 13 is a long, bumpy, and winding road trip it is not like the highways at home for sure. The road quality is poor and the 183 kilometres from Vang Vieng will take well over 5 hours.
Luang Prabang airport is located just 5 kilometres from the city centre. The airport opened in 2013 and serviced by Bangkok, Laos, Vietnam and Thai Airways, Silk Air and Air Asia. Visa on arrival is available at Luang Prabang Airport.
Weather In Luang Prabang
Luang Prabang weather can be hot and hotter. Luang Prabang temperatures can easily reach 40 degrees in the hot months. We were there for 7 days when the temperature was over 40 every day.
May is the hottest month in Luang Prabang with an average temperature of 29°C (84°F) and the coldest is December at 20°C (69°F) with the most daily sunshine hours at 9 in April. The wettest month is August with an average of 288.6mm of rain.
Money in Laos
The local currency in Laos is the Kip which is issued in denominations of 500, 1000, 2000, 5000, 10000, 20000, 50000 & 100000 Kip notes. Although Laos’s official currency is the Kip the US Dollar is widely accepted in many transactions. Be aware they will only accept USD if the notes are new and untorn. Also it is hard to exchange KIP once you leave Loas.
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