Luang Prabang – The charm of the land of Buddha

Being one of the most popular tourist destinations in Laos, the ancient city of Luang Prabang boasts a tranquil beauty and the center of Buddhism of the country. This world heritage town looks like a time capsule that takes you back in time with ancient temples, nostalgic atmosphere and gentle local people.

Luang Prabang is a city located in Luang Prabang province and is the former capital of Laos, recognized by UNESCO as World Cultural Heritage. It is located 425km north of Vientiane, on the banks of the Mekong River. It served as the capital of Laos until 1545.

The old-fashioned appearance of timeless streets and shimmering lanterns at night makes Luang Prabang much like Hoi An in Vietnam, while also reminiscent of Sapa with winding road. Traveling to Luang Prabang, you will admire the red tile roofs curled up the Mekong, Buddhist monks in orange robes collecting alms through the old streets in early mornings.

Many people choose to visit Luang Prabang as attracted to the image of the centuries old Alms Giving Ceremony and its ancient look. In addition, the Luang Prabang residents are very attentive and hospitable (you can stop anyone for permission to take pictures with you without fear of being rejected or annoyed), which can make you love this little town from the very first moments.

The charm of Luang Prabang also lies in the spirit of Buddhism with its slow-paced lifestyle, honesty, and the tranquility of the streets, the orange robes of the monks and splendid golden architectures. Monks in Laos are usually young boys who are energetic, cheerful and very nice, walking on the street in the saffron robes in the sun. A stunning image!

One of the reasons people come to Luang Prabang is to visit the ancient ruins of this ancient capital, especially the well preserved temples which are 400-500 years old with beautiful architecture. There is Wat Xieng Thong with typical and unique architecture of Luang Prabang.

Besides, there are a lot of temples: Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham, Wat Sen, Wat Nong Sikhounmuang ... with the harmony between traditional and modern architectures such as the Royal Palace, The National Museum, built in 1904, is a blend of two styles of French and Lao architecture.

Here, you can rent a bike and wander through the old town to feel the peaceful beauty of this city.

Sunset in Luang Prabang

You can climb to the summit of Mount Phou Si to watch the sunset of the ancient capital of Luang Prabang - where you can get a panoramic view and watch the sun slowly set down the Mekong River.

Last but not least, the night market is a must-see destination when it comes to the ancient capital of Luang Prabang.

Luang Prabang night market includes a food court (located next to an ancient temple in an alley on Sisavangvong Road), with countless gourmet food stalls and souvenir stalls selling traditional scarves, small silver necklace, colorful umbrella and paper lanterns.