Luang Prabang's Old Quarters

Discovering age-old food, places and people

$17.00 per guest
1 - 10 guests 2 hours


  • Visit the Morning Market where exotic produce such as rats, bird eggs, etc are sold
  • Tour around centuries old temples with your guide
  • Help local laotian students improve their english by having a chat with them at a local English conversation centre
  • Enjoy interesting foods you don't see everyday, stalls that only locals visit

Inclusive of:

  • All breakfast food listed in the description
  • Guided tour of the Morning Market
  • Guided tour of the temples
  • A conversation session to help local laotian students improve their English
  • English Speaking Facilitator

Not Inclusive of:

  • Pickup & Dropoff
  • Additional purchases
5 Out of 5
14 Reviews
Lena Schulhofer United States
19 May, 2019

Great introduction to the "local" side of Luang Prabang. I loved walking through the morning market and sampling common ...

Heather Noftall Croatia
5 Jan, 2019

We booked this tour for our very first morning in Luang Prabang to get acquainted with the town and the local cuisine. T...

$US 17.00 per guest
2 hours
1 - 10 guests
Cancellation Policy: Moderate

Full refund available for cancellations made up to 24 hours prior to booking start time.

More About This Experience

One of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites, the many villages of Luang Prabang is filled with beautiful architecture that has been developed over several centuries. What better way to discover the City than a tour with Backstreet Academy? In this 2 hour tour, we will guide you through many of Luang Prabang’s buildings and introduce you to their local markets, food, as well as families who have lived in the City for many years. On our first stop, we will take you through the Lao Morning Market and show you first hand how the locals do their ‘marketing.” Also introducing you to some items you don’t usually find in more traditional markets, such as; snakes, insects, birds, rats, beeswax, as well as the usual countryside vegetables and herbs. During the Market Tour is where we will also find our breakfast and eat like the locals do! After breakfast, we will continue walking the City to discover hundred year old temples; buildings that were created during the French Colonial period; and have a chat with a Family who has lived in Luang Prabang for decades. Finally, as our tour comes to a close, we will introduce you to an English Conversation Center where local Laotian students gather to practice their English skills with travelers. The following are the items you will be able to sample during breakfast: Lao Coconut Pancakes: Locally called Khaonom Krok, it's one of Luang Prabang’s favorite street food. Generally served after a Laotian dinner, this traditional bite is both light and incredibly yummy! They are made from sticky rice powder and coconut milk. Khao Soi: This is a Laotian soup made with flat rice noodles or occasionally with round noodles. The soup is made up of chopped pork, tomatoes, fermented soy beans, chilies, shallots and garlic. Sai Oua: One of Laos’ most traditional foods, best eaten with sticky rice! In the past there was no refrigeration, so this is how we kept meat to eat all year round. Sai Oua or Lao sausage is made from chopped fatty pork with galangal, lime leaves, shallots, lemongrass, garlic, salt and fish sauce. Fried egg with pork: A very common dish eaten at home and especially in the countryside where bamboo shoots are easy to find. Some important notes: - The guests should be physically fit enough to walk for 2 hours with short breaks in between. - We recommend our guests wear comfortable shoes and clothes and be sure to drink plenty of water. - Please note that the pick up is outside the post office on Chao Fa Ngoum Road in Luang Prabang. Note: - Breakfast food is included with the price of the tour. - Please bring your own drinking water.

Additional Information:

  • Pick-up location: Exact pick-up location address along with map direction will be sent to your email instantly after booking
  • Be at the pick up location at the tour start time
  • Please wear clothes that cover your shoulders and knees to enter the temple
  • Bring your own water
  • There might be other people on the same experience

Upcoming availability

Sunday, September 22
Monday, September 23
Tuesday, September 24

Your Local Host

Lee and his friends

We are a group of students who live in the heritage of Luang Prabang and like to eat out often. Since we are studying English and would like to get to practice English skills with travelers. Therefore, we have sett...

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14 reviews from people who took this experience

Lena Schulhofer United States
19 May, 2019

Great introduction to the "local" side of Luang Prabang. I loved walking through the morning market and sampling common breakfast foods, and arguably the best versions of them, made in the way Lao people enjoy. After we walked through some of the pagoda and talked about Buddhism in Lao before sitting down with a woman who has made rice cakes in Luang Prabang for years. I was a bit reluctant to hastily being dropped off at the organization where Lao students come to practice English with foreign volunteers at the end, but I ended up staying for an hour and speaking with a dozen Lao students. You can leave whenever so don't let this deter you, but give it a shot if you're up to it! You might learn a lot, plus they really appreciate it. This tour is half food tour and half a seeing Luang Prabang through locals eyes via a short walk through old town. It may not be for everyone with different expectations, but I thoroughly enjoyed myself. Come hungry, curious, and energetic, and ask a lot of questions - Lee speaks great English!

Heather Noftall Croatia
5 Jan, 2019

We booked this tour for our very first morning in Luang Prabang to get acquainted with the town and the local cuisine. The tour started with a walk through the market, where we tried several dishes, so be sure to come hungry. We then walked around the old section of the city, where our guides pointed out some temples and shared interesting facts around local culture and custom. They ended the tour dropping us at the Big Brother Mouse, which was a fantastic way to get acquainted with this local organization. As you continue refining this tour, I think less food could be offered (to differentiate from a true food tour) as it was quite a lot so early in the morning, or paced out more throughout the tour somehow. We had two guides with us, one who was still in training. As we do not speak Lao, we were very dependent on their English to understand the tour - most of the time this was okay, but can always be improved.

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