Top attractions and things to do in Luang Prabang

The old town of Luang Prabang

The best way to explore Lao heritages and traditional architectures is by walking or cycling. Most hotels, restaurants and cafés are located right at the center. There are no modern buildings or any two-story houses here.

Pak Ou Caves

A sightseeing spot that cannot be missed in Luang Prabang is Pak Ou Caves, also known as the Buddha Cave. To get here, you have to take cruise along the Mekong River. Thousands of Buddha statues placed inside the caves, creating a truly wonderful landscape.

Luang Prabang market

There are 2 – 3 markets around the ancient capital of Luang Prabang, but the most famous one is the night market on the central road. Unlike any other market, this market is filled with silverware, traditional products. It is an ideal place to buy gifts for family or friends. In addition, you also find other interesting presents at H’mong market. This one is open during the day and there are a lot of paitings by local artists.

Lao cuisine

Food in Luang Prabang is both delicious and cheap. Local specialty cakes are sold at many place in the town with tasty flavor and reasonable price. Besides, Laotian coffee is well-known as a premium drink in the world. Come here, you can go to a café and enjoy. Along the banks of the Mekong River, there are also many restaurants serving Lao and French cuisines.

Whiskey village

The village is located on the way to Pak Ou Caves, where boats often stop for about 30 minutes before continuing the cruise. It is famous for local whiskey or snake wine. Hand-woven Lao silk and other fabrics are also available for sale.

Mount Phou Si

Phou Si Mountain or Chomsi hill, is about 100m high. You can easily climb up 300 steps to the top for a panoramic view of the city. At the top of the mountain, there is a beautiful temple. There are two ways to get here, go from the main streets or follow the trail behind the Museum of Ethnology. The best time to visit is late afternoon before sunset.

Temples and pagodas

There are more than 30 temples and pagodas around Luang Prabang. The most famous and visited one is Wat Mai located right at the night market and Royal Palace. There are many schools for young monks where people learn about wood, lacquer and study English.

Kuang Si Falls

Kuang Si Falls (also known as Kuang Xi or Tat Kuang Xi) is a three tier waterfall, located 30km south of Luang Prabang. This is a favorite stopover for many tourists coming to Laos. The main fall is 60m high, the cascades forming small pools similar to the natural swimming pools. Most of the pools are open to swimming. In the past, this place was free, but then people collected admission fee for the fall’s maintenance and conservation. There are also a bear conservation area nearby with many rare bears.

Wat Xieng Thong

One of the oldest and most important temples in Luang Prabang, Wat Xieng Thong was built in the 1560s. The entrance fee is 5,000 Kip ($0.5). The courtyard of the temple has a very interesting architecture. In addition, the mural of Wat Xieng Thong is also a special feature attracts visitors.

Elephant ride

Elephant Village is 15km from the town, surrounded by mountains. This is an elephant sanctuary focusing on protection and rehabilitation of elephants. It will takes about 3-4 hours of trekking and climbing to the Khammu village. Here you can ride on an elephant to discover local daily life and unique culture of this ethnic minority.

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