New Years at Luang Prabang
Replies: 15 - Last Post: Aug 1, 2012 7:05 AM Last Post By: starcatchingirl
Jul 26, 2012 11:47 PM
New Years at Luang PrabangHi there!
I am slowly planning a Viet-Laos-Cambodia trip hailing from Manila, Philippines.
Due to limitations in flight availabilities in and out of PH, i might spend new year in Luang Prabang.
How is it there during that time? Im not much of a party goer, but what kind of celebration happens during NY's eve and NY's day?
Looking to hit the tourist spots also during jan 1-2, will there be any stoppages in transportation or closure of sites during these days?
Also, one last question. As i will be arriving in Vientianne and then going Luang Prabang thereafter, how essential is it to stop at Van Vieng? Is it a "do not miss" place or okay to skip altogether? Thank you!
Jul 27, 2012 12:04 AM
1Lao New Year is in April, so no big celebrations as oen expects in teh West. Some restaurants may have a NY's dinner menu, bars will have congregations of foreign tourists drinking most of the night. Easy to give this a miss...
Transport et al will be up & running as usual.
What do you expect to do in Vang Vieng? I've been there twice and I think it's a beautiful smallish town with magnificent scenery and dozens of cool caves. Down the road 5kms is an area where teenagers pound liquor and then float down the river on innertubes. (Easy to give this a miss as well) If either of these activities appeal to you then I'd say go!
Jul 27, 2012 12:11 AM
2ive read about the danger of these inner tubes so that i can easily miss. I think i might as well skip van vieng then (as ive also seen many caves in PH, might just be the same).
Thanks Cocodrillo, since Luang Prabang is a backpackers haven, it'd be nice to mingle in the bars on NY eve. Thats enough for me.
Thanks again! :)
Jul 27, 2012 1:17 AM
Jul 27, 2012 2:46 AM
4thanks matt, actually i will be travelling via train from vientiane to LP on dec 31st. If i stop at Van Vieng, would it be better to spend NY there? since its such a small town and prolly little activities going on, i might be disappointed.
Jul 27, 2012 3:12 AM
5I see. Yes, you would probably be better to continue on to Luang Prabang then. To be honest, I don't know what activities will be going on, since I haven't been there on 31 Dec before. I was in Vientiane on 31 Dec a couple of years ago and there was a countdown at Nam Phu fountain, but there didn't seem to be much else going on. Anyway, Luang Prabang is a great place - I'm sure you'll enjoy it.
Jul 27, 2012 7:53 AM
Jul 27, 2012 12:06 PM
7I’ve spent Farang New Year both in Chiang Mai and Luang Prabang multiple times. However, didn’t get to meet Captain Bob, think he was drunk out of his mind.
If you want lots of fun activities and choices-go to Chiang Mai. Luang Prabang New Year celebration consisted of mostly nice dinner, local bars, some restaurants offer enhanced traditional Lao dance entertainment. Some year (in Luang Prabang) the Governor House invited VIP guests to their New Year celebration with foods, dance and fashion show.
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Jul 30, 2012 4:26 AM
13Like Westwood said, if you want to tube, then go in the morning. You'll find that's when most of the 'quieter' crowd are out. Personally, I wouldn't miss the kayaking. You go a lot further up river and see so much more. The tacky riverside bars only cover a few hundred metres of the river that you can pass straight through. It's worth the stop in Vang Vieng, even if you don't drink.
Aug 1, 2012 4:52 AM
14We were there for NYE earlier this year. earlier in the nite we walked the whole town, stopping for "one" at Hive + Utopia bars, ended up at a big street party up to the east of where the street markets are usually set up. (at the top of the night food market) Hobo Map JE 201. Official govt? set up with stage, music performers etc on sit of Hmong Market. Beers available nearby, no one seemed to be offended by drinking in the street btw. Fireworks and the big thing were the Chinese Lanterns, loverly, espesialy in the setting. We don't usually do the big NYE thing , but this was realy great we had a great time.It was still rockin when we toddled off at about !.00. Won't be there this year, and will remember it fondly.
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