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Travel & Resources: LUANG PRABANG

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LUANG PRABANG -- area code +856-71

General Information

    Visitors to Southeast Asia should not miss a chance to visit this UNESCO World Heritage city nestled between the Mekong river and verdant jungle mountains. Visitors are delighted by the city's authentic ambience, the traditional lifestyle intrinsic to its singular charm, and the wealth of cultural treasures from the everyday lives of its monks, hilltribes, merchants, and craftsmen.

    There is a surprising gay presence in the city, and even some low key, easy-going nightlife. But it is still a small town and everyone knows everybody else's business. Don't come here expecting to party. Luang Prabang is a place to relax, heal, chill-out and reflect. Everyone is generally asleep by midnight and up at dawn to feed the monks. Click here for more details and photos in our special report on this former royal capital.

    The population of Luang Prabang is over 50,000 (that's over 2,000 Utopians).

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      Click here for Luang Prabang hotels and accommodations.

Bars and Clubs

      Comments from Utopians:

      "Sadly, Luang Prabang no longer has a dedicated gay bar, but we were given a tip that the trendy LPMC Bar is gay friendly and indeed it was! Fantastic cocktails to boot!" -- Si Jie, May 4, 2023

      "I can confirm that Chez Matt has closed" -- Alan, Jan 30, 2023

Massage and Spas

    • Red Cross Massage UTOPIAN VERIFIED APR 2018
        Red Cross complex

        Herbal steam sauna and cool-off veranda where you may sip special herbal tea or get an incredibly inexpensive massage. Very down-to-earth, relaxing, and authentic. Not gay, but it has a discreet gay vibe. You will most likely meet local gays or gay tourists here. Massage from 9am. Sauna opens at 4pm and closes at 9pm. Completely renovated in 2015.
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    • Satri House UTOPIA VERIFIED FEB 2023

Restaurants and Cafes

    • 3 Nagas Restaurant UTOPIA VERIFIED JAN 2023

    • The Apsara (Lao and international fusion) UTOPIA VERIFIED JAN 2023
        Kingkitsarath Rd, Baan Wat Sene

        From Villa Santi, walk down the hill towards the Khan River (opposite side of the Peninsula from the the Mekong) and make a left. The Apsara restaurant and guesthouse is a couple blocks down. At night it glimmers with candlelight. Located in a lovingly renovated heritage building overlooking the river. Stylish decor blends funky Asian elements, bold color and fine art. Well-stocked bar, smart and attentive staff, and excellent menu accent the local lifestyle. After dinner tuck into a fabulous dessert like coconut lime pie drizzled with home-made quince sauce, or sink back in the lounge seating for cocktails, conversation, and chill-out music.
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    • Cafe Kaipen (Lao and western cuisine) UTOPIA VERIFIED OCT 2018

      Comments from Utopians:

      "Coconut Garden has closed and appears to have been taken over by another business." -- Alan, Jan 30, 2023

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