Luang Prabang

Everything you Need to Know about Luang Prabang

The ancient town of Luang Prabang situated in northern Laos, was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995. Considered by many travellers and writers as being the heart of Laotian culture, the tiny town is encircled by mountains and is 700 metres above sea level at the confluence of the Nam Khan and Mekong Rivers. Here visitors are subjected to an inflamed economic bubble that does not apply to the rest of the country. Being Laos' premier tourist destination and (arguably) Southeast Asia's most beautiful spot, ironically tourists will pay more for the innate pleasures of eating, drinking and sleeping than they would in the country's capital city Vientiane.

Luang Prabang was the ancient royal capital of the Lan Xang Kingdom until King Phothisarat moved the administrative seat to Vientiane in 1545. Regardless, it has continued to overlook Vientiane as the destination of choice with its amalgamation of crumbling French architecture, glistening temples and extensive natural beauty. Even the hardest of hearts would have a struggle not to warm to the place. The town's entire historical section is dedicated to tourism, with everything from former royal palaces to over 33 Wats (temples), on the tourist trail. This former Royal capital still remains the main centre for Buddhist learning in Laos and is the perfect location for spiritual contemplation.

Cascading waterfalls, scaling peaks and the milky-brown waters of the Mekong River provide ample opportunity to swim, climb and sail your way through Luang Prabang. It is only as recent as 1989 that Laos opened up to tourism and the country that had previously been cut off from the rest of Southeast Asia developed a small but steady economy, based on tourism and regional trade. This small and gentle town where most locals are asleep by 22:00 is now one of the richest and most visited provinces in Laos. It's one of the few places where you feel that this is the genuine article and one that retains its unique ambiance.


Where to Stay in Luang Prabang Luang Prabang Hotels

Luang Prabang hotels and resorts at the best rates, from five-star resorts such as Villa Santi Hotel or La Residence Phou Vao, to budget accommodation like Villa Treasure or Villa Sensouk. Read More...

 
Luang Prabang Tours & Excursions Luang Prabang Tours

Luang Prabang offers many possibilities when it comes to tours and excursions: From a half-day City & Temples excursion to a full day at Pak Ou Cave, to a three-day Luang Prabang Stopover. Read More...

Luang Prabang Attractions Luang Prabang Attractions

Even though the town is well and truly on the tourist trail, it has nonetheless managed to preserve its natural splendor and inherent charm, exuding a missed-out-on-modernization vibe. Read More...

 
Luang Prabang Restaurants Luang Prabang Restaurants

The eclectic range of menus in this small town fuse traditional European fare (including hot crusty baguettes, hearty stews and steaks) with the spicy and exotic dishes of the Orient. Read More...

Luang Prabang Nightlife Luang Prabang Nightlife

Luang Prabang is not a destination for those who want to spend their evenings getting messed up and days recuperating from the previous night. But that's not to say it can't be fun. Read More...

 
Luang Prabang Shopping Luang Prabang Shopping

Luang Prabang trades in handicrafts, art, textiles and jewelry. Be sure to explore the night markets such as Thalat Sonpao or Thalat Dalat, where hill-tribe people sell handicrafts. Read More...

Luang Prabang Activities Luang Prabang Activities

Luang Prabang has been the discerning traveller’s darling for a good few years now, popular with backpackers making their way through Southeast Asia too.  Read More...

 
Luang Prabang Information Luang Prabang Information

Luang Prabang, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995, sits at 700 metres above sea level at the confluence of the Nam Khan and Mekong Rivers. It's Laos' premier tourist destination. Read More...

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Our interactive map (and satellite views) displays all available hotels with photos, facilities and guest comments as well as attractions, landmarks and other items of interest with links to relevant information pages. Read More...

 

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