Getting around Luang Prabang

Several modes of transportation connect tourists between their accommodation and Luang Prabang’s attractions. An official counter at the airport offers rides (LAK100,000) in modern vehicles to your hotel or guesthouse. Most hotels and resorts have a shuttle service to and from the airport as well as the Central Tourist District. Guesthouses can also arrange transportation … Read more

Things to Do in Luang Prabang

  Trekking Trek through Luang Prabang’s nature with a local guide, and overnight in ethnic villages. Tour operators offer several options, from challenging hikes over rugged terrain to pleasant countryside and forest strolls. Paths follow traditional routes and mountain passes to dramatic views of the surrounding peaks and valleys. Turn your visit to Kuang Si … Read more

Trekking in Luang Prabang

You’ll find short, easy treks around town, and multi-day journeys with overnight homestays further afield. More extreme adventures climb steep mountains to unrivalled views. Treks into the hinterland also await north of Luang Prabang for those travelling to Muang Ngoi and Nong Kiew. Tiger Trail’s Treks in Luang Prabang Tiger Trail leads trekkers into Luang … Read more

Meet Luang Prabang on The Mekong

Luang Prabang sits at the confluence of the Mekong and Nam Khan Rivers, and is the busiest passenger cruise port in Laos. Thousands of travellers take the 2-day cruise between Houay Xay and the UNESCO World Heritage every year, and a growing number of cruise lines call on the port during multiday voyages connecting Vientiane … Read more

Luang Prabang’s Top Attractions

Buddhist Temples & Sites Examine the elaborate dĂ©cor under a long sweeping roof at Vat Xieng Thong at the tip of the city’s peninsula. Built in 1560, during the early Lane Xang era, the “Golden City Monastery” stands as Luang Prabang’s most historically significant temple. Inside the sim, designed in classic Luang Prabang style, you’ll … Read more

Luang Prabang Accommodation

Immerse yourself in the Luang Prabang UNESCO experience by staying at a hotel reflecting the city’s heritage. Enjoy morning coffee from a personal terrace overlooking a garden with lotus ponds or a balcony perched on the Mekong Riverbank. The price range for the 300-plus establishments covers $300 villas in residential grounds to 3-star guesthouse rooms … Read more

Luang Prabang History

  Archaeological evidence suggests that Luang Prabang has been inhabited since 8,000 BC. King Fa Ngum founded the first Lao kingdom, Lane Xang, in the 14th century, after he conquered and unified today’s Xieng Khouang Province, Khorat Plateau, and Luang Prabang. Local inhabitants once referred to the city as Muang Swa, but by 1357, they … Read more

Travel Guide to Luang Prabang

  Luang Prabang wears the crown as the top tourist destination in Laos. The UNESCO World Heritage City remains rooted in its past as the Lane Xang Kingdom’s capital and French colonial stronghold. More and more natural and cultural activities are adding to its lure, and the city is sustainably adapting to the growing number … Read more

Luang Prabang’s Ethnic Diversity

  The Khmu came to Laos thousands of years ago, with many settling in Luang Prabang. They rely on the forest for growing rice, hunting and gathering, and producing woven rattan and bamboo basketry, tools, and net-bags, as well as lao hai (jar alcohol). They practice animism and worship spirits. The Hmong migrated from China … Read more

Luang Prabang’s Heritage Sites

  You can even stay in 100-year-old French colonial buildings converted into accommodation. In the Lane Xang Kingdom’s ancient capital, heritage and Buddhism merge to present one encompassing heritage site. Luang Prabangs’ UNESCO World Heritage Explore Luang Prabang’s outstanding example of preserving the fusion of traditional and French colonial architecture, and meet the people who … Read more