Registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Luang Prabang is the center of Buddhism in Laos. A blend of traditional Lao and French architectures inherited from its colonial past; Luang Prabang is an amazing destination where time seems to stand still!
Discover 5 places you should not miss!
Vat Xieng Thong
Vat Xieng Thong is the most beautiful temple of Luang Prabang. His architecture is an excellent example of the classic Laotian style: its low sweeping double-tiered roof is representative of the architecture of the city. Its exterior decoration with red paintings and numerous bas-reliefs narrating the story of King Thao Sisouthone make this building unique. Difficult not to be astonished!
Pak Ou caves
Not so far from Luang Prabang, Pak Ou caves are worth visiting.
Pak Ou Caves also nicknamed the caves of thousands of Buddhas, because of the numerous statues it holds, are located at the confluence of Mekong and Nam Ou Rivers. The locals and the pilgrims keep on offering status, contributing to enlarge the “collection.”
The daily procession of the monks
If you want to get completely immersed in the Laotian culture, do not miss the daily procession of the monks: every day, the inhabitants of Luang Prabang rise at dawn and respectfully wait for the parade. Monks’ life is dedicated to meditation, so the residents provide them food (rice, fruits, cakes…).
Sunset at Mount Phousi
Overhanging Luang Prabang, Mount Phousi offers a breathtaking view of the city and the surrounding mountains. But if the view is unique, you have to deserve it: get ready to go up 328 steps until the summit. To enjoy the landscape, the best moment is at the end of the day, when the sun disappears behind the mountains. Magic moment guaranteed!
Khouang Sy waterfalls
Around 30km from Luang Prabang, Khouang Sy waterfalls are a natural jewel. Located in the heart of a lush forest, you can find here many natural pools with clear water. Ideal for a little swim!
How to get there: Luang Prabang has an international and domestic airport, about 4km from the city center.