Luang Prabang Attractions

What to See in Luang Prabang

For reasons that are soon become apparent, Luang Prabang is often described as the 'Jewel in Laos Crown'. 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.

The majority of the city's sights can be reached on foot, so getting a map and making your way to the many temples (33 to be exact) is a good way to soak up the surroundings and observe the way of the Lao people, and the large monk community. The wonder of the ancient temples is apparent at first glance; the gentle and unassuming nature of the locals, given the chance, will also leave a lasting impression.


Most Popular Attractions in Luang Prabang

Alms Giving Ceremony in Luang Prabang Alms Giving Ceremony

Luang Prabang is the perfect place to see one of the most sacred Lao traditions, the Buddhist Alms Giving Ceremony. Visitors are encouraged to be involved as long as a level of respect is maintained throughout. Read More...

 
Ban Phanom Ban Phanom

Ban Phanom is a village steeped in traditional textile making with all families in the village working their looms to provide goods for sale at the night markets. The woven products were once supplied to the royal family. Read More...

Elephant Village Sanctuary Elephant Village Sanctuary

Close to the banks of the Nam Khan River, the Elephant Village Sanctuary works towards providing a peaceful future for rescued Lao elephants. They are then given a home in the jungle where they can rest and recover. Read More...

 
Kuang Si Waterfall Kuang Si Waterfall

Kuang Si (Xi) Waterfall is the biggest in the Luang Prabang area with three tiers leading to a 50-metre drop into spectacular azure pools before flowing downstream. The pools also make great swimming holes and are very popular. Read More...

Luang Prabang Library Luang Prabang Library

The Luang Prabang Library offers the chance for you to give something back to the children of Laos. Many of the children here will be lucky if they ever get to even hold a book which is literally a luxury for poor families. Read More...

 
Mount Phousi Mount Phousi

Rising 150 metres above the centre of town, Mount Phousi cuts a distinctive figure on the Luang Prabang skyline. The hill is popular as a place to watch the sun rise or set over the Mekong River. Read More...

Pak Ou Caves Pak Ou Caves

One of the most respected holy sites in Lao; Pak Ou Caves have a history dating back thousands of years. Packed with over 4,000 Buddha icons, the caves are set in a dramatic limestone cliff. Read More...

 
Royal Palace Museum Royal Palace Museum

Set in a spacious, well-tended garden just off one of Luang Prabang’s main boulevards (Thanon Sisavangvong), you will find the fascinating Royal Palace Museum, which is also known as Haw Kham. Read More...

 

Tad Sae Waterfall Tad Sae Waterfall

Tad Sae waterfall is a spectacular natural wonder best appreciated in the wet season. Despite not being as high as Kuang Si waterfall there are many more streams of water which cascade and make a thunderous sound. Read More...

 
The Living Land Company The Living Land Company

The Living Land Company is a community-run organic farm supplying fresh vegetables and rice to hotels and restaurants in Luang Prabang. Visitors can take a trip to the farm and try their hand at being a farmer. Read More...

Traditional Arts & Ethnology Centre Arts & Ethnology Centre

Luang Prabang’s Traditional Arts & Ethnology Centre is dedicated to the preservation of the Laos' ethnic groups. This cultural display of arts and lifestyles reflect a very diverse ethnic population. Read More...

 
Wat Long Khoun Wat Long Khoun

Resting close to the river on the banks of the Mekong, Buddhist temple Wat Long Khoun has long and historically significant connections to the Luang Prabang royal family. Read More...

Wat Wisunarat (Wat Visoun) Wat Wisunarat

Dating back to 1513 and the reign of King Wisunarat (Visoun), Wat Wisunarat is Luang Prabang’s oldest temple and was once home to the Prabang Buddhas. The history of the temple is colourful. Read More...

 
Wat Xieng Thong Wat Xieng Thong

Also known as the ‘Golden Tree Monastery’, Wat Xieng Thong acts as a gateway to Luang Prabang as it is strategically situated close to where the Mekong joins the Nam Khan River. Read More...

Other Attractions in Luang Prabang

Nong Khiaw

This market town on the west bank of Nam Ou in northern Luang Prabang Province is surrounded by mountains and caves. Experience rural Laos were children give away flowers and the local fisherman go about their daily business.

A walk through the paddy fields and then climbing a bamboo ladder to reach the limestone interior of the nearby cave is recommended.

Related Tours

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...

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