Luang Prabang, Laos

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Cooking Classes
This is an enjoyable way to gain insights into Lao culinary methods and traditions. There are three well known cooking classes in town, all attached to popular restaurants, using Lao chefs or instructors. They differ somewhat in style and content, but all start with a tour of the local food market and include transport and copies about Lao cuisine. Participants sit down to eat their dishes afterwards.
 
 
 
 
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  • Tamnak Lao (www.tamnaklao.net) is situated in premises to the side of their main-street restaurant. They offer both day and evening courses. It starts with a demonstration and then through hands on experience.
  • Tamarind (www.tamarindlaos.com) has a restaurant located along the Nam Khan River. Participants learn about the various ingredients and herbs used in Lao cuisine as well as the fundamentals of Lao spicy dipping sauces.
  • Tum Tum Cheng is a popular restaurant located on the main street towards the end of the peninsula. Classes have more of a demonstration orientation, with participants helping instructors with various tasks.

Food market in Luang Prabang by calflier001

Adventure & Ecotours
For the adventurous, there are several activities through the remoter areas of Luang Prabang province.
  • Discovery Laos (www.discoveringlaos.com) offers an all-inclusive package or your choice including trekking, overnight camping, kayaking  bicycling, cultural and ecotours. Accommodation also include home stays with local tribes in their villages. They provide pick-up from the bus station or airport.
  • Green Discovery Laos (www.greendiscoverylaos.com) is a pioneer in adventure travel and ecotourism. They offer you alternative ways to discover the beauty of Luang Prabang province through kayaking, trekking, mountain biking and relaxing cruises on the Mekong River.
  • Fair Trek Project (www.trekking-in-laos.com) is a project aimed to assist the development of villages in Laos through tourism. The project offers trekking activities including visits and home stays in remote communities for individual, groups, schools and universities.

Life along the river by dalbera

Rent a Motorbike
There are a number of motorbike rental shops in Luang Prabang and many also offer motorbike tours. Rentals cost USD20-25 per day, which is high for Southeast Asia. However, riding around the surrounding areas of Luang Prabang is a fantastic way to see the countryside.  Fuel for the whole day will cost around 15,000 kip. Typically, they will keep your passport to make sure you return the motorbike.

Lao Red Cross Sauna & Massage
The service is located in front of Wat Wisunarat on 
Wisunarat Road. Though there are countless of massage shops in town, money earned here goes towards the Lao Red Cross - a worthy cause. The massage service is from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and sauna from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. A one hour massage cost 40,000 kip and sauna 10,000 kip.
 
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