Finding a place to have a nice dinner while travelling can be really hard especially with a very fussy child. We were asked to have dinner at the lovely The Terrace restaurant while we were staying in Luang Prabang. We eagerly said yes and hoped we would find something that Marley would eat. The Terrace Luang Prabang may have met its fussiest guest!
Where is The Terrace located in Luang Prabang?
The address of The Terrace Luang Prabang is: Kingkitsarath Rd, Luang Prabang
Once we arrived at The Terrace restaurant we were given a quick tour of the facilities that are around the restaurant. The Terrace is a part of the Burasari Hotel in Luang Prabang but the restaurant is open to people other than guests. They also have a 5 star Trip advisor spa on site! Willow and I were extremely happy to see that. It has been a very long time since we had any pampering on this trip!
As we were guests of The Terrace Burasari the chef had put together a special menu for us all to enjoy. The biggest choice that we had right then was were we going to sit inside in the lavish restaurant or outside, riverside on the terrace. Outside won in the end and we all sat down on large comfy chairs watching the life go by on the Nam Khan river.
We were given nice cold towels with a gorgeous peppermint smell to them to wipe our faces and necks. Sak our waiter then put on a fan for us to keep cool in the Laos heat. Once the sun went down it did become much more comfortable out on the deck. The twinkling fairy lights in all of the trees really gave it an extra special feel for us.
Our entree was served to us by Souk. She told us it was a Pad Tahi wrapped in egg with Pad Thai sauce.
Served on two plates we shared one between Mark and Willow and the other was left to Marley and me.
What Bec thought:
I have not taken to the Pad Thai over here due to the spicy-ness. These were really mild and I enjoyed being able to taste what was in them rather than having my mouth on fire after a bite. The egg was like a beaten egg so it didn’t have a huge amount of taste and I loved the prawn as well.
What Marley thought:
I didn’t like the egg much but I ate some of the noodles that were on the inside…Mum got my prawn. The noodles were nice and they weren’t spicy. I would eat it like this again as it wasn’t all over the place, it was nice and neat on my plate.
Our main meal had two options.
Option 1 was a sweet and sour chicken with vegetables and rice and Option 2 was fish in coconut soup. Our servings of rice came in a love heart shape which the girls absolutely loved.
What Mark thought of the fish in coconut soup:
I am not a big fish eater so I was really surprised at how I liked it. The fish wasn’t overcooked and mushy so you could get large chunks of it to enjoy it with the coconut soup. I was surprised at how the tomato went well with it too as I didn’t think of putting tomato in a bowl of coconut soup.
What Bec thought of the sweet and sour chicken:
This was my favourite dish of the night. I loved the sweetness of the pineapple and how the sauce mixed in with the rice so I could enjoy it after Marley finished off my chicken! It wasn’t too sour which can sometimes be a problem but it was fantastic.
What Willow thought of the main meals:
The sweet and sour chicken was my favourite. I thought it was a little bit small to share with my Dad so it was lucky that we had a big bit of rice to go with it. We don’t eat a lot of fish at home so I was surprised that I liked the fish but I didn’t have much I prefer the broth.
What Marley thought of the main meals:
I actually really liked the main meals. I didn’t want the fish but I liked the coconut soup that it came in. I ended up eating Mum’s chicken as I found it a little bit small and I was still hungry.
Our dessert was bought out and it was the dish we had all been looking forward to. We had mango sticky rice with a twist…blue sticky rice!
What Mark thought of the Mango sticky rice:
We have had a few of these on our travels but this is the first one where we have had blue rice. I found this to be really nice and not too coconutty.
What Marley thought of the Mango sticky rice:
I was a bit freaked out by the blue rice at the start but I liked it once I tried it. The mango was nice and soft not hard like ones we have had in the past.
As we were purchasing our own drinks Mark and I decided to have an alcoholic beverage with our dinner.
I had a Laojito (a Laos twist on the classic mojito as they use Lao vodka in it) and a pineapple shake. It seriously tasted like a pineapple ice cream. It was so good and recommended to us by our waiter Sak. We asked if he could order a drink what would he order and he chose that one.
Mark had a Laos beer
Willow had a mango fruit shake.
Marley had a virgin mojito. She has really taken to a good mocktail on this trip and these are her go to when she is allowed to have them.
All the drinks were nice and cold. Sitting out on the terrace you do need a nice cold drink to enjoy the atmosphere.
We loved sitting out in the open and watching the world go by.
The inside area.
While we chose to eat outside we did have a look inside the restaurant. It looked very classic and old style colonial. It was nice and bright with overhead fans going that was keeping it nice and cool for the people eating in there.
While our menu was a set one and designed for us by the chef we did speak to some young diners in the restaurant (They were at the border town a few days prior with us) They said their meals were nice, served quickly and that they were delicious. From what I saw (they had salads) they looked like nice big serves and were presented well.
We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner at The Terrace in Luang Prabang. It was a beautiful evening to sit out, enjoy a great meal and watch the world go by
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. Family rooms for 4 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.
How to get to Luang Prabang.
There are 4 ways to get to Luang Prabang. 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
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. 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, Vietnman 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. Temperatures in Luang Prabang easily reach 40 degrees in the hot months happen regularly. 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
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Bec Wyld is a mother, wife and once reluctant traveller. Bec has been to over 30 countries across the globe. I have planned and stressed in all of these places. Becs writing can be found on Wyld Family Travel and as a guest poster and contributor on many other travel websites including Lonely Planet Kids