Why Luang Prabang?
A delightful and charming city on the Mekong River
Home to the country’s most historic temple Wat Xiengthong, Luang Prabang is the former capital and sits next to the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers. Surrounded by mountains, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is a wonderful atmospheric colonial town with charming restaurants serving delicious dishes. There are many day excursions to be enjoyed during your stay in Luang Prabang, including the stunning Kuang Si Waterfalls. Spend time in Luang Prabang and its surrounding landscape as it is considered to be one of Southeast Asia’s must-see cities.
Luang Prabang Highlights
Here we have selected a few of the sights and experiences that you really should see on a visit to Luang Prabang.
Wat Xieng Thong
One of the largest temples in Luang Prabang, Wat Xieng Thong is a symbol of great historic importance, its structure has characteristics of 16th-century Lao architecture, with elaborate mosaic patterns, wall carvings, rare Buddhist deities, and a 12-metre tall funeral carriage.
Th Sisavangvong Night Market
Every evening a bustling market convenes along Th Sisavangvong and is one of Luang Prabang’s main must-see attractions. This low-key market has a variety of traders selling various local products including silk scarves, wall hangings, Hmong appliqué blankets, ceramics, bamboo lamps and more.
Displaying traditional Lao and French styles, the former Royal Palace was built in 1904 and was home to King Sisavang Vong, whose statue stands outside. Inside some rooms are preserved pretty much as they were when the king's son was captured by the Pathet Lao in 1975.
Kuang Si Waterfalls
The Kuang Si Falls has three tiers leading to a 50m drop into shallow pools, before flowing downstream. These freshwater pools are great for great swimming and you can change into your swimwear at wooden huts close to the waterfall’s entrance. Surrounded by lush tropical jungle, so if you don’t fancy a swim, you can relax in the shade and relax.
Dominating the city centre and one of the best places to see the sunset, Phu Si up 329 steps is crowned by a 24m gilded stupa called That Chomsi. Viewed from a distance, especially at night, it appears to float in the air. However, from the top, the main attraction is the panoramic city views.
Pak Ou Caves
Packed with over 4,000 Buddha icons, the Pak Ou Caves are set in a dramatic limestone cliff at the point where the Mekong and the Nam Ou rivers meet. There are two caves to visit: a lower cave called Tham Ting and an upper cave called Tham Theung. Both serve as shrines to the river spirit and Lord Buddha.
A selection of tours to Luang Prabang
Cambodia Group Tour Culture
19 day tour from £3,748
A 19-day tour visiting the sights and attractions of Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam
Laos Tailor Made City
11 day tour from £2,495
Discover Laos with this fascinating itinerary
Laos Tailor Made Culture
Laos and Cambodia
13 day tour from £2,899
A scenic tour of Laos and Cambodia
Laos Tailor Made City
Pandaw Laos and China Cruise
18 day tour from £6,299
An incredible, pioneering 14-night river expedition from Laos to China.