Luang Prabang – The Fascination of Buddha Land

Located in the north central of Laos, the silent and lovely Luang Prabang City is one of the most famous destinations in Southeast Asia. The city is also known as the former royal capital city of the country in the heydays of Lan Xang (Laos Kingdom). Now, this city is rising to be the best tourist attraction in the country thanks to its ancient beauty of many European colonial structures and Buddhist monuments.

Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang from Bird’s Eye View

● Luang Prabang Overview

Luang Prabang is a highlight example of the fusion of traditional architecture and Lao urban structures built by European colonial authorities in 19th and 20th centuries. The city has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site thanks to the unique beauty of many old buildings and sacred temples, the most famous one is Vat Xieng Thong.

Vat Xieng Thong in Luang Prabang

Vat Xieng Thong Temple

Set at the junction of two rivers and embraced by majestic mountains, Luang Prabang is a collection of traditional wooden houses combining with European style, reminding the time when Laos was a part of the French colony of Indochina. Come to this historic city, travelers will be enchanted with the peaceful sceneries and the hospitable people.

Sunset in Phousi Mountain, Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang sunset view from Mount Phousi

● How to Get to and Travel around Luang Prabang ?

The Luang Prabang International Airport is located only 5k m northeast of the city center and scheduled straight flights from/to Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Hanoi, Jinghong, Pakse, Siem Riep, and Vientiane.Travelers also can book a flight to the airport in Vientiane capital city and continue taking a domestic flight or a bus to the city.

The traffic infrastructure has been improved in recent years in order to enhance tourism and economy of the city. Thus, visitors can easily get around the city by taxi, bus, motorbike, bike, or tuk tuk. Elephant riding and boating on the Mekong River are also attractive experience which give travel the most authentic Luang Prabang travel.

Tuk tuk in Luang Prabang

Tuk tuk is an interesting way to travel around Luang Prabang

● Things to See and Do in Luang Prabang

Travel to Luang Prabang, travelers can have an exhausted experience because the city consists of plentiful interests waiting to be discovered. Luang Prabang has both natural and historical sites. Among the natural attractions are the wonderful Kuang Si Waterfalls, Pak Ou Caves, Nam Ou Elephant Farm, and Tad Sae Falls… For those who have a passion about the Buddhism and history of Laos, visits to interesting historical destinations including Phou Si Hill Temple, the Royal Palace (National Museum), Wat Xieng Thong, and Ban Chan Village will be amazing experiences.

Kuang Si waterfall in Luang Prabang

Kuang Si waterfall

Pak Ou Cave in Luang Prabang

Pak Ou Cave

Nam Ou Elephant Farm in Luang Prabang

Nam Ou Elephant Farm – Favourite place for eco tourism

Mount Phousi in Luang Prabang

Famous Statues on Mount Phousi

Tad Sae Falls in Luang Prabang

Tad Sae Falls

There are also a lot of brilliant things to do in Luang Prabang such as enjoying Lao traditional massage skills, Riding Elephant to explore rural areas surrounding the city, motorcycling or biking to hill-tribe villages, taking part in cooking classes, and especially savoring delicious Laotian foods.

Riding Elephant in Luang Prabang

With its ancientness and silent beauty, Luang Prabang is an ideal option for those who would like to enjoy a true relaxing vacation staying away from the hustle and bustle of modern life.

Luang Prabang sunset

Now, Are You Ready to Discover this Charming City with our Luang Prabang Tours & Laos Tours ?

If not, take time learning about other Laos Destinations in our Laos Travel Guide 

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