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- Absolutely beautiful. There is a bathroom/changing room a little hidden on the path to the left of some benches that is a convenient place to change. Wonderful swimming! There is also a bear sanctuary and a butterfly park. I loved visiting.Written 23 November 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- We had a superb morning at the Living Land Farm learning about the local community and their traditional rice farming. Our local guide was outstanding and took us through each of the steps of rice growing, harvesting, preparation and cooking. The whole morning was really interactive and the whole group got the chance to try out each step of the process.
This is a genuine and positive community enterprise helping the local families with education and livelihood. It was not at all commercial - they did not have a shop or try to sell us any touristy stuff. It was all about educating us and supporting their local community.Written 27 November 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- This is a beautiful set of temple buildings set on a very large piece of land. The entrance is from the Main Street and you can exit the back facing the Mekong river. We were first attracted to the temple when we encountered a set of cat statues that seem to be guarding the exit (probably the exit was the entrance in the past). Entrance costs 20,000 kip and is well worth it.Written 1 November 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Awesome views that exceed your expectations but the amount of tourists was a surprise. Still worth it though, go there.Written 28 October 2022
- We had the best day at MandaLao. We were worried about supporting the wrong place, but I can safely say MandaLao really do care about the elephants. Their priority is the elephant welfare, not tourist experience. There is absolutely no chains, no ropes and no force used. If the elephant doesn't want to walk, they don't 🤣. The Mahouts use positive reinforcement (food) to communicate with the elephants. It was just the best day, our guide Tan was great and the elephants were so beautiful and gentle. If you really love elephants and want to support a truly ethical sanctuary, this is the one. They are also working with Lao Government and other organisations to release the elephants they can back into the wild. Can't reccomend it enough, we did the full day tour and in our opinion its 100% worth doing the full day tour. Half a day isn't enough with these beautiful creatures.Written 23 November 2022
- We ended up watching this by accident, as we had got up at the crack of dawn to see sun rise from the summit of Phousi Hill and the route there coincided with the monk’s alms giving route.
Even coming from Thailand where we live, it was an interesting and touching experience to watch and touching to see the young child monks walking down the smaller streets in line, either accepting alms from the public or giving them out to the needy.
We didn’t give any alms to the monks ourselves as we were not dressed for it - male or female there is a a type of special scarf you must wear and likely other protocols as well. Lots of people there to sell rice etc to tourists; while some tourists are really against it, it doesn’t bother me, but bear in mind if this is your aim make sure you do your research on what preparation is appropriate.
If not, remember it’s perfectly ok to just go along and watch from the sidelines like we did, and this doesn’t need any cost or special preparation.Written 14 October 2022
- Take a visit in the evening. There are lots of variety for street food. There are so many stalls selling souvenirs - but at a decent price. It is not a very pushy market - so I would definitely revisit if in Luang Prabang.Written 20 June 2020
- NIce Waterfall especially during rainy season, avoid to visit during dry season because usually dry with no water, they have place to drink and eatWritten 21 April 2020
- This little centre showcases the wide diversity of Lao. It isn't until you see the map in the centre that shows just how many different groups there are that you realise just how complex Lao culture is. Great way to spend an hour or so. They also run little workshops. The shop that is attached (one also on the main street) puts a share of all profits back to the communities. All goods are sourced from the various ethnic groups in LaoWritten 28 October 2022
- Great experience! I cannot recommend this enough to anyone going to Luang Prabang. The full day elephant experience is a must-do.Written 3 December 2022
- I visited here on the way to the famous waterfalls. Worth a stop, but let them know you only have an hour. Skip the rabbits and pigs. The buffalo are what you want to see and milk! Then head to the waterfall which is magnificent.Written 23 November 2022
- If you are visiting the Kuang Si Waterfalls, you should definitely visit the butterfly park as well. It is a serene place, with eye for details. It is run by two friendly dutch people who really put effort in making this a beautiful place. There are many different butterflies but also lovely plants. You get to learn a lot about the butterflies. The natural fish spa is lovely! Take the coffee and applepie as well, very good! Good for 30 to 60 minutes.Written 16 November 2022
- This is why most tourists to Laos visit Luang Prabang, and it really is stunning.
So many temples, the museum, and old buildings - you can wander around and around for hours.
Just don't get sunburnt!Written 18 November 2020
- Easy to visit via walking in Luang Prabang, and well worth going to.
An interesting experience as of course Royal families and Marxism aren’t known for meshing well, but good to see that this heritage has nonetheless been well preserved.
The beautiful gifts to Laos from various countries were also very interesting.
Note for men as well as women that you need shoulders and knees covered (no shorts) to enter.Written 12 October 2022
- Wat Mai, following on from Wat Xieng Thong & the National Museum completed a pleasing Lao religious & cultural trilogy.In January 2020, my wife and I visited great sights in Laos including a number of very imposing, ornate Buddhist temples,during our short 5 day private Wendy Wu “Laos in Focus” tour arranged through Asia DMC Laos.
One of these temples was Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham or simply Wat Mai, adjacent to the National Museum in Luang Prabang. It is one of Luang Prabang’s largest and richly decorated temples. Its interior and exterior make good use of black and red lacquer decoration and gold leaf. Its origins date back to 1780. It was used by Laos Royalty and it is one of the few temples to survive the destruction by Chinese invaders in 1887.
The centrepiece of the temple complex is the large sim (ordination hall) highlighted by its intricate gilded stucco bas reliefs. It has a five tiered roof extending almost to the ground. We particularly liked one of the verandas added on to the original structure in 1821 containing very intricate gilded stucco bas reliefs made in the 1960’s. The reliefs depict scenes from the Ramayana (one of the two major Sanskrit (old Indo-Aryan language) epics of ancient India) and the Jatakas (any of the extremely popular stories of former lives of the Buddha) and scenes of every day life in Luang Prabang. These gilded reliefs were absolutely stunning and pleasing to the eye. We also noted the large black and gold stencilled columns supporting the veranda’s roof.
Inside the sim is a magnificent large gilded seated Buddha image in the meditation position. It is surrounded by a large number of smaller images in various mudras (hand gestures). It is a very beautiful, appealing presentation.
There were other buildings scattered about the complex including two smaller structures at the entrance which had three small gilded Buddha images in front on plinths – one in the standing position in the middle and the two at the side in the seated meditation position. These images complimented these two structures admirably. Our time here was around 30 minutes and while we would have liked to have stayed longer, our tour guide showed enough for us to realise that this is indeed a very fine temple.
Earlier in the morning we had visited the equally impressive Wat Xieng Thong followed by the National Museum. Our visit to Wat Mai completed a pleasing Lao religious and cultural trilogy.Written 2 July 2020
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