Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang Overview

Set at the confluence of two rivers that almost surround the town, and beneath a temple-topped hill, Luang Prabang is a wonderful patchwork of traditional Lao wooden houses and hints of European architecture; reminders of when Laos was part of the French colony of Indochine. Golden-roofed wats, decorated with mosaics and murals of the life of Buddha, sit under the gaze of wrap-around teak balconies and 19th century shuttered windows. All of this is set against a backdrop of verdant greenery and rugged mountains. One of those small cities with atmospheric and charming personalities, Luang Prabang is now on the radar screen of most tourists who have been or dream of going to Venice, Salzburg, Dubrovnik, Ubod, Hoi An, Cuzco, San Miguel Allende, Guanajuato, Puebla, Morelia, Oaxaca, Napier, Santorini, or Santa Barbara.

Get In

  • By plane to Luang Prabang International Airport (LPQ), located 5km north-east of the city
  • By road from Vietnam
  • By boat from Thai border

Get around

  • On foot
  • By tuk tuk
  • By bicycle

See & Do

  • Alms giving ceremony
  • Phou Si Hill
  • Sunset on the waterfront
  • Wat Xieng Thong
  • Wat Long Khoun
  • Wat Wisunarat
  • Vipassana Temple and Park
  • Elephant Village Sanctuary
  • Tat Kuang Si Bear Rescue Centre
  • Kuang Si Butterfly Park
  • Kuang Si Falls
  • Pak Ou Caves
  • Tad Sae Waterfalls
  • Ock Pop Tok Living Craft Centre
  • Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre
  • Big Brother Mouse
  • Hmong Night market
  • Hilltribe Craft Market
  • Ban Phnom – traditional textile making village
  • Luang Prabang Library
  • Royal Palace Museum

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