Every visitor in Laos will quickly agree that this is a must to see in Laos. Being one of the capitals of ancient Laos, over time to time, Luang Prabang (or Muong Luang) - is an incredibly graceful boutique town, with authentic Laos spirit, traditional old houses, French-styled villas adjacent to lavish ancient temples and shrines. Luang Prabang is also a river-cross area, where you can witness many Boat races in high water time, visit gorgeous pagodas in the countryside, and wake up at five to see hundreds of Theravada Buddhist monks in their daily alms giving ritual.
Many young tourists also love to spend several days for biking around shadowed streets of Luang Prabang, where bikes do not need locks, and for visiting busy but peaceful markets full of goods, foods and tropical aroma, then going out of town to visit Asia Center of Elephants Feeding or deeping themselves in natural crystal pools. From Luang Prabang, you can also go up-north to the mountainous area to meet the minority ethnic people near Luang Nam Tha, enjoy elephant ridings, trek around tranquil villages with green gardens or go further to reach the Golden Triangle, now is an opium-free zone but still under the famous name at the bordergate of Laos, Thailand and Myanmar.
Laotian cuisine is largely reflective of the ethnic diversity of Laos and its surrounding neighbors, comprising a rich blend of French colonial, Thai, Vietnamese, and Burmese influence. However, it has not gained such a resounding culinary reputation as its neighbors Thailand and Vietnam, largely due to its landlocked geographical location, which makes it less convenient to spread its values to the outer world. Nevertheless, the cuisine world in the city of Luang Prabang never ceases to be appealing and exciting.
If there was a city that embodies everything Laos stands for, this would undoubtedly be Luang Prabang. The city blends the history of Laos in an almost ideal way: Traditional temples stand in close proximity to French colonial buildings and merge into an architectural unity. What at the first glance may seem contrary is actually in perfect harmony with each other in this old capital city of Laos.
Our pick: Strolling around the town by bikes or on foot, visits to Wat Xieng Thong and other Buddhist temples with inspirational design and architecture; shopping at Luang Prabang night market.
Attending a Baci ceremony ; visit any ancient and tranquil temple in Luang Prabang.
Enjoy boat race in September and October ; taking rivercruise trips to Luang Nam Tha Reserve and Golden Triangle, Vang Vieng town, Vientiane.
Elephant riding in jungle; swimming at Tad Kuang Si or Tad Sea waterfalls; taking boat trip and fish for lunch at Pak Ou Cave.
Get the town's panorama from different mountain tops.