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What to see in Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang Attractions


The main attractions in Luang Prabang are its historic temple complexes, with about half of the original wats, or temples, still standing. The most magnificent is Wat Xieng Thong (Golden City Temple). Nearby is the Royal Palace with its golden-spired stupa, now a museum, and Wat Wisunalat, the oldest continually-operating temple in the city. Across the river is Mount Phu Si with several temples on its slopes and a monastery on top, a popular spot for its dazzling sunset views of the gilded spires in the town below.

The best of Luang Prabang, however, is really discovered just meandering around the picturesque city, watching life on the riverbanks, giving alms to the orange-clad novices as they parade serenely through the streets at dawn, and shopping in the bustling markets. Don't miss the fresh produce market near the Mekong in Ban Pakam, which is an authentic slice of Laotian life, and best visited in the early morning. The Night Market opens at dusk each day in the centre of town near Wat Mai and is a great way to end a day of exploring.

A popular excursion from Luang Prabang is a scenic boat trip past waterfront villages to the nearby Pak Ou caves, filled with images of the Buddha. Also worth visiting is the picturesque Kuang Si Falls, a beautiful multi-tiered waterfall tumbling over limestone formations with clear turquoise pools below.


Phou Si

Phou Si is a hill near the confluence of the Mekong and Khan rivers, filled with temples. It is visible all over town…

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Royal Palace (Haw Kham)

The former Royal Palace, a mixture of French and Lao architecture, is now a museum preserving the possessions of the…

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Wat Xieng Thong (Golden City Temple)

The most enchanting monastery in the country, and probably its most talked-about tourist attraction, is the magnificent…

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