Luang Prabang’s Buddhist Temples & Shrines

Temples in Luang Prabang District Examine Vat Xieng Thong’s elaborate dĂ©cor under a long sweeping roof. Move on to inspect Luang Prabang’s oldest operating temple, Vat Visounnarath, built in the early 16th century. Climb to the top of Mount Phousi to Vat Tham Phousi and Vat Chomsi. Vat Xieng Thong: Admire Luang Prabang’s most notable … Read more

Luang Prabang Caves

  Pak Ou Caves: Board a Mekong Riverboat and ship off to the sacred Pak Ou Caves, home to thousands of Buddha images. The riverside cliffs across from the mouth of the Pak Ou River, presents a pair of centuries-old cave temples also known as Tam Ting. The lower cave, more like a fissure in … 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 … Read more

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 (LAK50,000) 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 … 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 Waterfall … Read more

Getting to Luang Prabang

By Air (International) A growing number of airlines have direct flights to Luang Prabang from Southeast Asian hubs including Bangkok, Hanoi, Chiang Mai, Singapore, and Kuala Lumpur. North Asia also launches direct flights from Seoul and Chinese cities including Chengdu and Jinghong. Airlines offering direct flights include Lao Airlines, Bangkok Airways, Vietnam Airlines, Silk Air, … 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 … 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, … 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 … 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