Luang Prabang is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places in Southeast Asia. Located between the mighty Mekong River and Nam Khan River, this UNESCO-protected town breathes a special atmosphere. Experience the Buddhist culture in one of the 33 golden temples and take part in the intriguing exchange between the monks and the local population during the early morning alms giving. You can cycle around to explore the town and eat at one of the numerous restaurants. And definitely plan a day to discover the surrounding nature. This can be done through mountain biking, hiking and kayaking in the surroundings. A highlight for many is riding and bathing elephants in the river!
Main sights in Luang Prabang
- Wat Xieng Thong: the jewel in the crown of all the temples and the former Royal Temple. Enjoy the architecture of the roof sweeping low to the ground and its beautiful mosaïcs. In one of the buildings you see the Royal funeral carriage
- Phu Si (Holy Mountain) and That Chomsi: Situated on a 100-m high hill. Climb the 328 steps and you have beautiful views over the city, especially at sunset
- The many wats (temples), including Wat Visoun, Suwannaphumaham Wat Mai, Wat Xieng Muan
- Royal Palace Museum: formerly the Palace of the King, but when he was deposed in 1975, the palace was converted into a museum. Here you will find royal religious objects and Buddhist sculptures
- Monks at dawn: an intriguing spectacle. However: respect their ritual and do not disturb them; but rather watch from a respectful distance!
Outside Luang Prabang
- Kuang Si waterfall (32 km) (year-round)
- Tad Sae waterfall (dry from January to July)
- Pak Ou Caves: limestone caves where hundreds of Buddha statues are hidden. Beautiful boat trip !
- Activities along the Nam Khan river and surroundings (elephant riding / bathing, kayaking, hiking, mountain biking)
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