Trekking is one of the most popular things to do in Luang Prabang’s countryside. There are miles of hiking trails to suit all fitness levels, and you’ll likely pass spectacular waterfalls and indigenous wildlife, as well as gain a fascinating insight into rural folk living in hill tribe villages.
Descendants of the Mongolians, the Hmong tribe live on chillier, higher hills while the Khmu tribe is found in lower regions with treks to their villages taking you through lush tropical jungle. There are a few companies offering trekking tours which you can book upon arrival.
Spas in Luang Prabang make for excellent retreats after a day of sightseeing in the UNESCO-listed town. For a charitable massage, the Lao Red Cross Massage and Sauna Center offers full-body massages for about 40,000 kip and sauna access at 15,000 kip.
Traditional Lao herbs and locally sourced organic botanicals are combined for use in many traditional Lao body treatments. Try a local Kamu massage at the Kamu Spa, where oil and strong pressure is applied to really help loosen up stiff muscles and tension.
Luang Prabang Bowling Alley
The Luang Prabang Bowling Alley is famed for being a late-night drinking hole and the town’s only 10-pin bowling venue. Loud Asian pop music, local whisky, and Beerlao are as popular as the game, which costs 20,000 kip per person per game.
The bowling alley is one of the few places in Luang Prabang where you can grab a drink after the strict midnight curfew. It’s located on the outskirts of town, so you might want to arrange for a tuk-tuk to pick you up.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 11am to 2.30am
- Address: Highway 13, Luang Prabang, Laos
Luang Prabang Golf Club
The Luang Prabang Golf Club has an 18-hole course with a superb backdrop of the Mekong River, dramatic mountains, and the UNESCO listed world heritage town. It’s about 10 minutes by car from the centre of town and about a 15-minute drive from Luang Prabang International Airport.
The par 72 championship golf course also has a pro-shop and driving range, as well as a restaurant serving Lao cuisine. Rates vary by time of visit, with special offers available for shoes and umbrella rental.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 6am to 6.30pm
- Address: Southbank, Mekong River, Luang Prabang, Laos
- Tel: +856 71 260 912
Cycling is a great way to experience the beautiful Luang Prabang countryside, with day tours taking you around the old town, across rivers, through rural villages, and past mountains. Trips can be booked through travel agents in the town centre, and are normally limited to 20 people per trip.
Adventurous riders might enjoy a more challenging tour on a special off-road route to remote villages, exploring the rural side of Luang Prabang, crossing 4 rivers en route. Most cycling tours in Luang Prabang take about 4 hours and include an English speaking guide, lunch and cycling equipment.
Kayaking & Rafting
Luang Prabang is one of the best towns in Laos for rafting and kayaking, with some tours including trekking in their itinerary. VietLong Travel offers an energetic kayaking trip where you get to see local tribes going about their daily life before passing dramatic mountains and rafting on intermediate level rapids.
Green Discovery Laos also offer paddling adventures that take you down rapids with a 2-day kayaking trip, which includes cliff jumping into the refreshing Nam Xeuang River and a night with some of the survivors of the Second Indochina War at a Khmu village. They also have half or full-day kayaking trip down the Nam Khan River for beginners or travellers who want to enjoy a slower pace.