This city in northern Laos is known for its fusion of traditional Lao culture with European architectural styles. Explore its palaces, temples and natural wonders.
The north central Lao city of Luang Prabang features an intriguing mix of traditional Lao architecture and European aesthetic, earning it a place on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Explore the city to experience the beautifully preserved 19th and 20th-century architecture or discover natural attractions just outside the town.
Although it may require an early start to your day, you will not regret walking to Sakkaline Road at dawn. Every morning, the city’s monks walk along the road and collect alms of rice from kneeling locals and tourists alike. It is a privilege to take part in this peaceful and reverent tradition.
For a truly opulent trip back in time, visit Haw Kham. This royal palace was built in 1904 during the French colonial era. Explore the manicured grounds and outbuildings. You can tour the State Rooms and the residential quarter. The palace’s Throne Room holds the Crown Jewels of Laos. Another wing hosts traveling exhibits and art installations. Wat Xieng Thong, the Temple of the Golden City, is not to be missed. This Buddhist temple, located on the city’s northern peninsula, is comprised of over 20 structures and lush gardens. The gold-embossed outer wall of the main temple is an exquisite sight to behold.
The natural beauty of Kuang Si Falls might just take your breath away. Water cascades down this magnificent three-tier waterfall into a series of small turquoise pools. Most of the pools are open for swimming.
Take a short trip outside the city to Pak Ou Caves. The two craggy caves overlook the Mekong River. Examine the hundreds of miniature Buddha sculptures that have been laid out on rows of shelves lining the caves’ walls.
There are several ways to get into Luang Prabang . The airport, located just north of the city, has regular flights to several other destinations in Asia. You can also reach most major cities in Laos by boat or bus.