AirAsia Direct Flights to Luang Prabang


AirAsia direct flights to Luang Prabang in Laos has been launched on 21st Nov 2016 where the airline will fly four times a week to the UNESCO world heritage city in Indochina. In the past, Luang Prabang was only accessible via Lao Airlines and with limited flights therefore connectivity was one of the biggest issues getting here. However, over the years, a number of other airlines have seen the tourism opportunity since 2008 when Luang Prabang was voted as the number one place to visit in the world by the New York Times. 

Pak Ou Buddha Caves
What makes Luang Prabang so special is that the entire UNESCO World Heritage city is preserved and free from modern development. Tourist heading here would be those who enjoy cultural and heritage tourism as Luang Prabang offers the best of this. For me, I was fortunate to visit Luang Prabang in 2008 just before the tourism boom and saw what it originally looked like, minus the thousands of tourist that started flocking to Luang Prabang in Laos

I would easily recommend visiting Luang Prabang on a weekday to avoid the huge crowds and booking your accommodations way ahead as the hotels there can get full. One of the best attractions here is also the 29 temples and Stupa's found all over the city. A must visit is also the nightly Luang Prabang Night Market and also the day markets where you will find some of the most unique handicraft, art, fabrics and silver being sold. 

For Lao Food in Luang Prabang, you should make it a point to try them all as they are very unique and quite similar to Thai food or Indochina food. Luang Prabang was once French colonized therefore you will find a lot of French food in Luang Prabang, especially bakeries and restaurants offering casual to fine dining. Just before dinner, I would recommend you head up Phu Si Hill to catch the beautiful sunset in Luang Prabang and this is one of the best places to do it. 

Do keep in mind that my last visit here was in 2008, that was eight years ago before this place became one of the top tourist destinations in Indochina. Laos is part of ASEAN therefore, will be promoted for Visit ASEAN@50 in 2017. 

Places to Visit in Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang Night Market
There are many places to visit in Luang Prabang, some out of the town area where you need to take a boat or even walk a bit and one of the most popular places is Pak Ou Buddha Caves in Luang Prabang

The journey to the Pak Ou Caves requires you to take a boat trip and most likely stopping at the Whisky Village along the way. At the village, they give you about 30 minutes to explore where you can see traditional homes, Lao Silk being processed, Sa Paper being made and also sold.

If you are a crafter, the Lao Sa Paper is said to be one of the best therefore it is one of the best places to buy them. If you see some souvenirs, get them here as they could be a little cheaper than in town.

What To Buy in Luang Prabang?

Lao Silk done at the local villages
There are a lot of interesting things to buy in Luang Prabang, depending on what you are looking for. Most of the item can be use for excellent souvenirs or even for your own home decoration. The item include;
  • Lao Silk
  • Sa Paper
  • Hmong Jewelry and Accessories
  • Lao Silver Jewelry
  • Lao Coffee
  • Buddha and Monk Paintings
  • Lao Whisky
  • Traditional Lao Whisky (With Gecko, Snake, Scorpion inside) I recommend you DO NOT buy this because it is prohibited to be brought into Malaysia and it will be confiscated at the airport. 

How Long To Stay In Luang Prabang?

One of the main temples in Luang Prabang
To be very honest, the minimum required time to spend in Luang Prabang would be at least three nights, therefore a 4D/3N trip is the minimum to really enjoy this UNESCO World Heritage City, but for me, I spent a good 5 days here to see most of the places therefore, to fully experience Luang Prabang, a 5D/4N is recommended. 

Also, if you are planning to take your time, it is recommended to explore the city area on foot, therefore, expect a lot of walking. The weather here is very cooling as Luang Prabang is located on higher ground. 

AirAsia Direct Flights to Luang Prabang

Flight Schedule for Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (KUL) – Luang Prabang, Laos (LPQ)

Flight No.
From
To
Departure
Arrival
Flight Frequency
AK 562
KUL
LPQ
0645 hrs
0840 hrs
Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun
AK 563
LPQ
KUL
0925 hrs
1330 hrs
Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun
Note: All times depicted are local time at respective destinations.

Note, if you plan on going for 3D/2N, you might as well not due to the return flight timing at 9.25 AM, meaning you need to be at the Luang Prabang airport by 7.30 AM, meaning that is one day gone. To book Luang Prabang flights, please go to www.airasia.com.

Other places of interest include visiting the many Luang Prabang temples, walking around the core area of town, exploring the Sa Paper Village, the Whisky Village and taking a boat ride. Now with the AirAsia Direct Flights to Luang Prabang, you can easily fly in and out from Kuala Lumpur.

0 comments