Luang Prabang – the ancient capital of Laos, where is recognized as the world heritage site by UNESCO. With peaceful landscape, historical monuments, ancient temples and slow pace of life, Luang Prabang is the favorite destination to visit of a lot backpackers who want to make pilgrimage to the land of Buddha and immerse in cultural space of Laos. If you are planning to visit the city, do not miss these useful guides below:
Time to visit
“When is the best time to visit?” may be is the first and most popular question of many travelers. Laos’s weather is very different from North to South. Northern Laos, the weather is divided into 4 distinct seasons so, you can visit Luang Prabang at any time of the year; however; you should check the weather before going to prepare necessary items like raincoat or sunscreen,…
Where to stay
Luang Prabang is an important tourist destination in Laos so it is no hard to find a hotel, hostel or guesthouse to stay. If you book hotel online, check carefully and only book via trusted agencies like Agoda or Booking to avoid unexpected troubles. Here are some our suggested addresses to stay:
Cheap hotels offer basic amenities:
- A Tee Guesthouse – Visounnarath Rd, Luang Prabang city center.
- Vanvisa Guesthouse – Ban Vat That, Luang Prabang.
- Cheng Backpackers Hotel 1 – Ban Wathat Khemkhong Road, Luang Prabang.
Budget hotels offer nice rooms with full of facilities:
- The Chang Inn Luang Prabang, Luang – 93, Unit 03, Phonheuang Village, Luang Prabang Old Town.
- Indigo House Hotel – Sisavangvong Road, Ban Pakham, Luang Prabang.
- Sala Prabang Mekong Riverside Hotel – 81/1 Ounkham Road, XiengMouane, Riverfront, Luang Prabang.
Luxurious hotel offer modern amenities and short-distance to attractions in Luang Prabang:
- Kiridara Villa Ban Visoun – Ban Visoun, Luang Prabang.
- The Luang Say Residence – 4-5 Ban Phung, PO Box 507, Phu Vao / Phu Meo, Luang Prabang.
- The View Pavilion Hotel – Ban Khili, Sakkarine Rd, Luang Prabang Old Town, Luang Prabang.
Where to visit
Luang Prabang Old Town: The best way to discover this heritage site is by walking or cycling. Most of hotels, restaurants, cafes are quite close so you do not need any transportation. There are no modern buildings or any two-story house in the town.
Pak Ou Caves: An attraction cannot be missed during your trip in Luang Prabang is the Pak Ou Caves, also known as the Buddha Caves. To reach the cave, you have to take a boat along the Mekong river in 2 hours (about 25km). Thousands of Buddha statues in the cave will be truly an amazing scenery.
Luang Prabang night market: There are about 2 or 3 markets in Luang Prabang, but the most famous is the night market located right in the main road. Unlike any other market, this night market is filled with silverware, traditional handicrafts,… so it is considered as the ideal place for travelers to buy gifts bring back for relatives and friends.
Whiskey Village: On the way to go the Pak Ou caves, you can visit this village where is famous for whiskey, snake whiskey, insect whiskey,… Lao silk and other fabrics are also sold a lot in here.
Temples and pagodas: There are more than 30 temples and pagodas around the city of Luang Prabang, the most famous temple of which we must visit is Wat Mai Temple, located on the main road of the city. You also can visit the monasteries where the young monks are touch about schools for young monks. They learn about lacquer, English,…
Kuang Si Waterfall: Kuang Si Waterfall is a destination that many tourists love to visit in Laos. The main waterfall is about 60 m high and falls down into small pools which you can feel free to swim. There is also a rescue center protecting bears and rare bears still alive.
Wat Xieng Thong: One of the oldest and most important temples in Luang Prabang, Wat Xieng Thong was built in 1560. Besides impressive architecture, the murals of the temple are also the reason attracting tourists coming to visit.
Riding elephant: The Elephant Park is about 15 km from the city, surrounded by mountains. It takes about 3-4 hours to reach the village of Vam Khammu. Here you can rent elephants to ride as well as learn the daily life, unique culture of ethnic minorities.
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