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Visit Luang Prabang

This city in northern Laos is known for its fusion of traditional Lao culture with European architectural styles. Explore its palaces, temples and natural wonders. 

The north central Lao city of Luang Prabang features an intriguing mix of traditional Lao architecture and European aesthetic, earning it a place on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Explore the city to experience the beautifully preserved 19th and 20th-century architecture or discover natural attractions just outside the town.

Although it may require an early start to your day, you will not regret walking to Sakkaline Road at dawn. Every morning, the city’s monks walk along the road and collect alms of rice from kneeling locals and tourists alike. It is a privilege to take part in this peaceful and reverent tradition.

For a truly opulent trip back in time, visit Haw Kham. This royal palace was built in 1904 during the French colonial era. Explore the manicured grounds and outbuildings. You can tour the State Rooms and the residential quarter. The palace’s Throne Room holds the Crown Jewels of Laos. Another wing hosts traveling exhibits and art installations. Wat Xieng Thong, the Temple of the Golden City, is not to be missed. This Buddhist temple, located on the city’s northern peninsula, is comprised of over 20 structures and lush gardens. The gold-embossed outer wall of the main temple is an exquisite sight to behold.

The natural beauty of Kuang Si Falls might just take your breath away. Water cascades down this magnificent three-tier waterfall into a series of small turquoise pools. Most of the pools are open for swimming.

Take a short trip outside the city to Pak Ou Caves. The two craggy caves overlook the Mekong River. Examine the hundreds of miniature Buddha sculptures that have been laid out on rows of shelves lining the caves’ walls.

There are several ways to get into Luang Prabang . The airport, located just north of the city, has regular flights to several other destinations in Asia. You can also reach most major cities in Laos by boat or bus.

Top Hotels in Luang Prabang

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Pullman Luang Prabang
Pullman Luang Prabang
5 out of 5
CA $105
per night
Feb 14 - Feb 15

This family-friendly Luang Prabang hotel is located near the airport, within 3 mi (5 km) of Pha Tad Ke Botanical Garden, Morning Market and Night Market. Wat ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (59 reviews)

"I would highly recommend this hotel. The food was excellent, the staff was very helpful, our rooms were huge and there was plenty to keep children entertained. If I have the opportunity to return to Luang Prabang I would stay at the PULLMAN."…"

Reviewed on Dec. 27, 2019

Pullman Luang Prabang
Sofitel Luang Prabang
Sofitel Luang Prabang
5 out of 5
Manomai St, Ban Mano, Luang Prabang
CA $289
per night
Feb 11 - Feb 12

This family-friendly Luang Prabang hotel is located near the airport, within 1 mi (2 km) of Morning Market, Royal Palace Museum and Night Market. Mount Phu Si ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (98 reviews)

"I was very happy stayed at the property. It is very quiet and calm. Good for relaxing. I didin't like breakfast line and restaurant. Bteakfast line was't variety and food didint look fresh. Also the choice of food at restaurant was'nt international. Its more local, like buffalo."…"

Reviewed on Dec. 15, 2019

Sofitel Luang Prabang
3 Nagas Luang Prabang MGallery by Sofitel
3 Nagas Luang Prabang MGallery by Sofitel
3.5 out of 5
Ban Vatnong, Sakkaline Road, Luang Prabang
CA $168
per night
Feb 19 - Feb 20

Located in the heart of Luang Prabang, this boutique hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Wat Xieng Thong, Night Market and Royal Palace Museum. Mount Phu Si ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (77 reviews)

"The hotel was in the historic part of town, near to the Main Street / riverside restaurants and art/craft shopping. We loved the location and also the serenity of the area. 3 Nagas staff were also very friendly and helpful. We had used the gym & spa facilities if the sister hotel (Sofitel), and that ..."…"

Reviewed on Jan. 13, 2020

3 Nagas Luang Prabang MGallery by Sofitel

Top activities in Luang Prabang

Full-day Pha Theung Jungle Explorer from Luang Prabang
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Full-day Pha Theung Jungle Explorer from Luang Prabang

CA $117

This Pha Theung Jungle Explorer Tour gives you a chance to discover not only the breathtaking landscapes of both of the Nam Ou and mighty Mekong rivers together with their surrounding areas but also a visit to the famous and holy Pak Ou Caves.

Handbag Workshop from Recycled Materials at Luang Prabang
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Handbag Workshop from Recycled Materials at Luang Prabang

CA $24

Create a fashionable bag from recyclable materials, practicing sewing skills with a seamstress to produce a waterproof design featuring your own personal touches. Decide how you want your bag to look, avoiding the mass-manufactured product that everyone else has.

Private Full-Day Kuang Si Falls Excursion
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Private Full-Day Kuang Si Falls Excursion

CA $75

Enjoy a private, guided tour to see the breathtaking Kuang Si Falls and the tiered pools of turquoise water that surround the levels of falls. Take a dip in the water, then explore neighboring villages where you can watch the production of fluffy white cotton and rare Sa paper.

Private Full-Day Kuang Si Falls Tour with Ethnic Villages & Market Visit
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Private Full-Day Kuang Si Falls Tour with Ethnic Villages & Market Visit

CA $67

Cool off in the misty waters of Kuang Si Falls, pop between rural villages to get a look at a more traditional way of life, and browse handicrafts at a local market on this private excursion. With an experienced local guide, check out a market at Phosi and watch the sunset at a stunning stupa.

Kuang Si Waterfall Half-day Tour
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Kuang Si Waterfall Half-day Tour

CA $119

This half day tour offers you a chance to visit the beautiful Kuang Si Waterfall which is an ideal place to relax with cool water and a lovely natural landscape. In addition, joining this tour, you will visit some traditional village and learn about the daily life and activities of the locals.

Temple Walking Tour end up with Fish Foot Massages
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Temple Walking Tour end up with Fish Foot Massages

CA $61

Being picked up from your hotel in Luang Prabang Old Quater by minivan or tuk tuk to the gather point.

Reviews of Luang Prabang

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5/5 - Excellent

GS

Dec 24, 2019

Definitely a very interesting city worth a few days if you were in Laos

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 13, 2019

Very relaxing city with a huge selection of attractive restaurants, a manageable night market, temples galore, lovely walking, in town on interlocking brick sidewalks and across the Mekong (car ferry 5000kip) or across the Old Bridge.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Apr 28, 2019

Wonderful place to visit for a few days. Plenty of restaurants, day trips and a beautiful location.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 27, 2019

Eat at Manda de Laos

5/5 - Excellent

Jeffry

Feb 19, 2019

Stay in the town and be sure to get up for the monk procession.

5/5 - Excellent

Nancy

Feb 1, 2019

Relaxing place after the hustle and bustle of Chiang Mai and Bangkok. Not too much traffic and even has sidewalks so you can walk side by side instead of having to avoid parked vehicles and checking around for traffic.