Luang Prabang Travel Guide

Luang Prabang Travel Guide

Nearly everyone who has been to Luang Prabang would have marveled at this laid-back city, which is filled with saffron-clad monks, glorious Buddhist temples, quaint colonial buildings and busy bazaars. A visit to Luang Prabang is a step back in time. As such, the ancient town of Luang Prabang was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995.

Compared to the incense peak in Thailand, most temples in Luang Prabang are more tranquil, especially the Royal Palace Museum, Wat Xieng Thong and Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham. Beyond the religious faith, it's full of the strong flavor of life. The whole town is encircled by hazy green mountains, and cafes, restaurants, bars, shops and houses are hidden in the shade of trees. Take a walk through the city, sit down in cafes at the riverside of the Mekong River, then drink a glass of iced beer and enjoy the stunning view over the river… Are you ready to come?

Top Attractions in Luang Prabang

Royal Palace Museum

The royal palace Museum, situated just opposite to the famous MountPhousi, is a window to the history of pre-communist Laos and the life of a royal family. No trip to Laos would be complete without a visit to the Royal Palace Museum.

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  • Wat Mai

    Just beside the Royal Palace Museum, Wat Mai is the largest temple in Luang Prabang. Built-in the late 18th century, it is one of the major religious sites in the city, having been the main residence of Pra Sangkharat (the patriarch of Lao Buddhism) before the position was shifted to Pha That Luang in Vientiane.

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  • Wat Xieng Thong

    Near the junction of the mighty Mekong and Nam Khan Rivers is Luang Prabang's most celebrated wat (temple), and perhaps the most beautiful one in Laos- the Wat Xieng Thong.

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  • Wat Aham

    Two huge banyan trees mark the holy site of Wat Aham, once the residence of the Supreme Patriarch of Lao Buddhism. The temple was built in 1818 on the site of a much older temple dating from 1527.

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  • Wat Visoun

    Wat Visoun is the oldest operating temple in Luang Prabang. It is also known as Wat Wisunarat, named after King Wisunarat who ordered the construction of the wat in 1513.

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