Luckily, the lovely UNESCO World Heritage Town of Luang Prabang has quite a selection of spas so you can indulge and properly pamper yourself after a day of exploring. Check out our favorite spots to get massages in Luang Prabang, along with other ways to treat yourself!
Traditional Lao Massage
When in Luang Prabang, be sure to try a traditional Lao massage! This technique involves rhythmically putting pressure on the energy lines of the body, with the masseur using their thumbs and body weight. Traditional Lao massages are said to alleviate tension, clear energy blockages, and improve blood circulation. When getting body massages, they will typically give you a change of loose clothing to wear. Unless specified, Lao massages will not use oils or creams.
If you’re feeling sore or achey, a Lao massage is an ideal way to ease the pain. Though not quite as aggressive as Thai massage, Lao massages can still be a tad bit painful, as a lot of pressure is applied to your body.
Foot Reflexology in Laos
Like many Asian countries, reflexology is prominent in Laos. Based on the belief that the feet are “mirrors” of the body, pressure is applied to specific parts of the feet, which are connected to different areas and organs of the body. This pressure is meant to clear blocked energy and even alleviate some ailments. Other benefits of reflexology include stress relief, improved digestion, a boosted immune system, and increased circulation.
Where to get a massage in Luang Prabang on a budget
While there are plenty of boujee spots to get pampered at, there are also numerous affordable spas where you can get just as good of a massage. The following spas are all located right in the center of Luang Prabang and have 60 minute massages starting at 60,000 kip (or around $6.75 USD).
Silver Naga Spa And Beauty
We’re back to basics over here, but simplicity wins. Choose between a traditional Lao massage, a head and neck massage, back and shoulder massage, or foot reflexology for 60, 90 or 120 minutes. They put the pressure on, but are sure to ask you if you’re comfortable to ensure you have a relaxing massage.
Location: Sakkaline Road, Luang Prabang — VIEW MAP
Contact: +856 20 96 363 554
Hours: Daily from 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Located between two of our favorite restaurants, Bouang and Tangor, Zen Spa is the perfect place to get a late night foot massage. This clean and comfortable spa offers traditional Lao massages, head and neck massages, back and shoulder massages, and foot reflexology, starting from 60,000 kip. There are a row of chairs downstairs looking out onto the main street of Luang Prabang where you can get your feet rubbed down after a long day of exploring. If you prefer a body massage, you’ll be brought upstairs where there are curtains partitioning off floor cushions.
Location: Sisavangvong Road, Luang Prabang — VIEW MAP
Contact: +856 20 55 255 288
Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Jasmine Massage & Spa
Like the previous spas, Jasmine Massage & Spa is basic, but efficient. Offering private rooms when opting for a body massage, you get a bit more privacy here for the same price. Jasmine Massage & Spa offers a few more treatments, including aromatherapy, hot compress, and more!
Luxurious Spas and Massages in Luang Prabang
If you’re looking to splurge a bit, check out one of these incredible spas. And when we say “splurge”, we’re talking 3.5 hour spa packages for barely over $100 USD. Take this opportunity to have a proper spa day without breaking the bank. These spas have it all; couples massages, rejuvenating facials, mani-pedis, and more!
Le Spa at Sofitel Luang Prabang
Rejuvenate your mind, body and soul at this lavish spa. Using natural and organic products, these treatments are combined with ancient Lao healing techniques to give you a rich, authentic experience. The facilities here are top notch, with all the luxuries you’d expect from a 5 star hotel. Massages start at $50 USD and other treatments are available including facials, body wraps, body scrubs, manicures, pedicures, meditation and reiki. As a bonus, Le Spa also offers waxing services at affordable prices, starting at $20 USD.
Spa Burasari at Burasari Heritage
Situated right on the Nam Khan River, the spa at Burasari Heritage is an oasis in the center of Luang Prabang. Every treatment begins with a “Purification Ritual”, which helps improve blood circulation and prepares you for your massage. Burasari has numerous unique treatments — Healing Moon Hot Stone Therapy (using warm lava rocks to relieve tension), Coconut & Rice Scrub, Reflexology with Ginger Zinger (intense foot massage followed by a warm spice wrap to draw out the toxins from your legs and feet), Anti-Aging Facial, and more. Massages and nail care services start at $27, and waxing treatments start at $23.
How to get to Luang Prabang
The most common ways to get to Luang Prabang is by slow boat, plane, or overnight bus. If you’re coming from Hanoi, you can take the famous 27-ish hour bus ride to Luang Prabang. Otherwise, you can fly for a pretty penny. If you’re coming from Chiang Mai, flying is also an option, but many opt for the slow boat down the Mekong. For more information, read our Luang Prabang Backpacker Guide.
Where to Stay in Luang Prabang
If you’re looking for a social atmosphere with regular events and tours, check out Mad Monkey Luang Prabang. Meet travelers from around the world and discover the best Luang Prabang has to offer on our tours. Book your epic stay here!
More information on spas and massages in Luang Prabang
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