With rich history and tranquil natural beauty, Luang Prabang is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Laos. If you are planning to travel Luang Prabang, in this article, we will introduce to you some attractions you should visit in this city.
Luang Prabang Old Quarter
Unlike vibrant Vientiane with modern tall buildings, Luang Prabang Old Quarter has unique architecture which is similar to the villages in the rural area. Visiting here, you will feel very peaceful with old houses and honest local people. There also is a night market in here where you can buy souvenirs, handicrafts,…
Wat Xieng Thong
Your Luang Prabang holiday will not complete without visiting Wat Xieng Thong – a temple was built with typical architecture style of Laos. This ancient temple is the most sacred temple in here so remember to dress politely and follow the rules in the temple. The entrance ticket is about 0,5 USD per person.
Kuang Si Waterfall
About 30km from Luang Prabang Old Quarter, Kuang Si Waterfall is a famous destination of this ancient city. Coming to Kuang Si, you can not only enjoy beautiful natural beauty but also swim, relax in the cool lake at the foot of the fall. It is possible to bring foods and drinks to hold a party in here. Visiting Kuang Si Waterfall – a wonderful landscape in Luang Prabang certainly will not let you down.
Watch Alms Giving ceremony at the morning
Watching Alms Giving Ceremony in the early morning is an exciting experience of visitor in Luang Prabang. To participate in the ceremony, you have to wake up early and prepare some vegetarian foods such as rice, cakes, fruits,… to give the monks. Each monk carries a bowl, you can sit or kneel, then offer your foods to show your respect to the Buddha.
Mount Phousi is the tallest mountain in Luang Prabang as well as one of the most attractive destinations that you cannot miss. There are two paths leading to the mountain: the main road and the road behind the mountain. Most of travelers visiting here will go up by the main road and return by the other to see the mountain’s scenery. There are many Buddha statues and temples with unique architecture at the mountain’s top. You have to go through 328 steps to reach the top of mountain and then you will be admired the amazing panoramic view of the city. How wonderful it is!
Located right in the heart of the city, Wat Mai is very easily to find. Built in the 18th century, Wai Mai is the largest and most splendid temple in Luang Prabang. The traditional Luang Prabang architectural style main hall and the exquisite wood pillars at the porch as well as the luxurious gilded relief walls make it one of the most attractive places in Luang Prabang.
Pak Ou Caves
Located in the North of ancient capital Luang Prabang, about 30km from the centre, the easiest way to getting there is taking a tuk tuk and after that is taking a boat to go to the other bank of the river.
There are two limestone caves in Pak Ou: Tham Theung and Tham Ting. Positined about 50 feet above the Mekong river, Tham Ting filters in some light but a torch is required for the absolutely pitch black Tham Theung. Tham Theung cave is home of more than 4000 Buddha statues and you will need to find your way in darkness to the thousands of hidden icons.
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