Did you actually discover all things of Luang Prabang? Apart from tourist spots frequently mentioned, this city still owns other series that you might have never heard of before. The list of Luang Prabang’s hidden places below might make you surprised.
Weaving is considered a traditional career in Laos, which has been transformed generation to generation. Secrets of weaving art are valuable experiences that artisans hand down for their descendants through the years. The unknown spot in Luang Prabang still keeping this Laos’ tradition is 700-year-old Ock Pop Tok Weaving Village.
Alongside Mekong River in Ban Saylom, the village is only 2km by tuk-tuk from the South of Luang Prabang city center. Ock Pop Tok is Luang Prabang’s best textile supplier, which is run by Laos’ women. Although weaving products still maintain the tradition, these have changes gradually in designs to follow modern trends. Discover the hidden weaving village in Luang Prabang where produces beautiful traditional textile products and how artisans make these.
Nahm Dong Adventure Park – Back To Nature
Nahm Dong Adventure Park is an eco-tourism oasis outside Luang Prabang city that you might never know before.
Located in Ban Xiengmouak, just 10km from Luang Prabang’s city center, the 18-hectare park is where scenic natural beauties come together. Nahm Dong Park connects tourists with nature with stunning scenery of lush vegetation, spectacular waterfalls, as well as an enjoyable adventure game in nature.
Some amazing activities you should try in Nahm Dong Park:
- Zip-lining: experience the adventure game through 800-meter zip-line across six canopy stations. If you would like to try this game, you’ll have to pay extra at the entrance of the park.
- Botanical Gardens: You will be free to feel the featured botanical garden area with four senses. The garden is the combinations of pretty scenery, perfumes, edible vegetation, delicate sense of touch you will have when entering the park.
- Canopy Bridge Walkway: Feel the heights while walking canopy bridge hanging above the waterfall. Don’t forget to take some photos of stunning views here.
- Cooking class: Try to take part in a cooking class to learn how to make traditional organic Laos cuisine
- Camping: Remember to bring a can of insect repellent when going camping in such a dense spot. It’s convenient that fireplace, toilet, and shower are available in the campsite.
To get Nahm Dong Park, you can hire a tuk-tuk with a price range from 150.000 Kip (17.45 USD) to 200.000Kip (23.27USD). The driver will wait for you the whole time.
Entry Prices: 20.000 Kip (USD 2.33)
Open Hours: 9 am – 5 pm
Chom Phet is located on a different side of the Mekong Riverwhich is not familiar to visitors. To explore this area, you can rent a motorbike, ride passing the broad rice fields and reach Wat Jom Phet, Sakkarin Cave, and Wat Long Khoun.
Across the Mekong River from the other side, not too far away from Luang Prabang city, Jom Phet district is an ideal place for tourists those who want to escape the busy streets. As Luang Prabang’s hidden tourist spots, Jom Phet shows you the other world compared to the noisy Luang Prabang City center.
There are some ways to have perfect Jom Phet travel for you. You can take a public ferry (behind the Royal Place – 5000Kip or 10.000Kip), or a private boat (20.000Kip – 30.000Kip) if you need to save time. While travelling around the peaceful town, hire a mountain bike or motorbike is recommended for enjoying the great atmosphere, exploring the empty ancient temple and local houses. Walking around the tranquil setting is also not a bad choice.
There is an unknown spot in Luang Prabang that adventure lovers especially should consider, that is Nong Kiaw or Nong Khiaw. It takes about four hours from Luang Prabang city center to Nong Kiaw town. Tourists are attracted by kinds of adventure entertainment comprising jungle fly zip-lining, mountain biking, hiking, or kayaking. Moreover, a worth-visit place in Nong Khiaw is the bridge built by China across the Nam Ou river where give you majesty views of mountain and river. Another Nong Khiaw’s secret area that risk takers might be vastly amused is Pha Tok cave. The cave is about 2 km from the town, which was also local safe shelter in the Indochina War.
Pha Tad Ke Botanical Gardens
Pha Tad Ke is the first botanical garden in Laos, which is a collection of local plants as well as. Besides, the garden is not lack of coffee shops, restaurants, and craft stalls to enjoy. This ethnic-botanic garden is not only aimed to stay closer to nature, but also shows people knowledge of horticulture, botany, and various uses of plants. In particular, plants are used in medicine, spiritual ceremonies, handicraft, and other things. Therefore, Pha Tad Ke is one of the amazing hidden places in Luang Prabang worth to visit.
To enter the garden, it takes you 15-minute boat ride from the downtown reception in Bat Wat That. The boat departs every hour from 9 am to 5.30pm. The detailed schedule between Pha Tad Ke garden and the reception:
- From the downtown to Pha Tad Ke : 9am, 10am, 11am, 12am, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm.
- From Pha Tad Ke back to the downtown: 10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30am, 1.30pm 2.30pm, 3.30pm, 4.30pm, 5.30pm.
Note that the boat price is included in your ticket price.
Opening Hours: 8 am – 6 pm (The garden close every Wednesday, especially one week of Lao Pimai in April)
- Adult Excursion: $25
- Children under 12-year-olds : free
Alongside Nam Ou River, Northern Laos’s style ancient village – Muang Ngoi Neua Town is about 170km north-east of Luang Prabang city. Muang Ngoi is a tranquil place where you will have a memorable time in nature due to parts of Luang Prabang city remain wonderfully undiscovered.
Going sightseeing by boat to relax in eco landscapes or see lovely old villages might be the first recommend. THe peaceful feeling of natural harmony is what you will have while slowly moving in gentle Nam Ou River. What is more, Tad Mok waterfall is a must-see spot if you entered Muang Ngoi. It is located in Ban Sopkong, about 2km from the village.
Tad Thong Waterfall
Situated in Ban Donekang, six kilometers from Luang Prabang city, Tad Thong Waterfall gives you chances to try great experiences in your trip. The waterfall serves you a hiking trail around the fall through the jungles. Don’t forget to prepare a proper sneaker to climb up, bottles of water, snacks, and insect repellent.
Price: 20,000 kip (USD 2.33)
Spend more time to try these undiscovered spots in Luang Prabang. It will be certainly a fantastic trip to let your hair down and explore more amazing secrets of Luang Prabang. Access I Love Asia Tour for more details.