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Luang Prabang Attractions

What to See in Luang Prabang

For reasons that are soon become apparent, Luang Prabang is often described as the 'Jewel in Laos Crown'. Even though the town is well and truly on the tourist trail, it has nonetheless managed to preserve its natural splendor and inherent charm, exuding a missed-out-on-modernization vibe.

The majority of the city's sights can be reached on foot, so getting a map and making your way to the many temples (33 to be exact) is a good way to soak up the surroundings and observe the way of the Lao people, and the large monk community. The wonder of the ancient temples is apparent at first glance; the gentle and unassuming nature of the locals, given the chance, will also leave a lasting impression.

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Alms Giving Ceremony in Luang Prabang

Alms Giving Ceremony

Luang Prabang is the perfect place to see one of the most sacred Lao traditions, the Buddhist Alms Giving Ceremony. Read More...

Ban Phanom

Ban Phanom

Ban Phanom is a village steeped in traditional textile making with all families in the village working their looms to Read More...

Elephant Village Sanctuary

Elephant Village Sanctuary

Close to the banks of the Nam Khan River, the Elephant Village Sanctuary works towards providing a peaceful future for Read More...

Kuang Si Waterfall

Kuang Si Waterfall

Kuang Si (Xi) Waterfall is the biggest in the Luang Prabang area with three tiers leading to a 50-metre drop into Read More...

Luang Prabang Library

Luang Prabang Library

The Luang Prabang Library offers the chance for you to give something back to the children of Laos. Many of the children Read More...

Mount Phousi

Mount Phousi

Rising 150 metres above the centre of town, Mount Phousi cuts a distinctive figure on the Luang Prabang skyline. The Read More...

Pak Ou Caves

Pak Ou Caves

One of the most respected holy sites in Lao; Pak Ou Caves have a history dating back thousands of years. Packed with Read More...

Royal Palace Museum

Royal Palace Museum

Set in a spacious, well-tended garden just off one of Luang Prabang’s main boulevards (Thanon Sisavangvong), you will Read More...

Tad Sae Waterfall

Tad Sae Waterfall

Tad Sae waterfall is a spectacular natural wonder best appreciated in the wet season. Despite not being as high as Kuang Read More...

The Living Land Company

The Living Land Company

The Living Land Company is a community-run organic farm supplying fresh vegetables and rice to hotels and restaurants in Read More...

Traditional Arts & Ethnology Centre

Arts & Ethnology Centre

Luang Prabang’s Traditional Arts & Ethnology Centre is dedicated to the preservation of the Laos' ethnic groups. Read More...

Wat Long Khoun

Wat Long Khoun

Resting close to the river on the banks of the Mekong, Buddhist temple Wat Long Khoun has long and historically Read More...

Wat Wisunarat (Wat Visoun)

Wat Wisunarat

Dating back to 1513 and the reign of King Wisunarat (Visoun), Wat Wisunarat is Luang Prabang’s oldest temple and was Read More...

Wat Xieng Thong

Wat Xieng Thong

Also known as the ‘Golden Tree Monastery’, Wat Xieng Thong acts as a gateway to Luang Prabang as it is strategically Read More...

Other Attractions in Luang Prabang

Nong Khiaw

This market town on the west bank of Nam Ou in northern Luang Prabang Province is surrounded by mountains and caves. Experience rural Laos were children give away flowers and the local fisherman go about their daily business.

A walk through the paddy fields and then climbing a bamboo ladder to reach the limestone interior of the nearby cave is recommended.

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Alms Giving Ceremony in Luang Prabang

The UNESCO World Heritage City of Luang Prabang is the perfect place to see one of the most sacred Lao traditions, the Buddhist Alms Giving Ceremony. Despite being a highly revered ritual for locals, visitors are encouraged to be involved as long as a level of respect is maintained throughout.

Alms giving takes place daily as Read More...

Ban Phanom near Luang Prabang

Ban Phanom is a village steeped in traditional textile making with all families in the village working their looms to provide goods for sale at the night markets. The woven products were once supplied to the royal family and weavers today use the same techniques and patterns, resulting in a distinctly old-fashioned look. Cotton and silk Read More...

  • How to get there: To get to Ban Phanom takes about 10 minutes by tuk tuk from the centre of Luang Prabang on the banks of the Nam Khan River. You can also make the trip by bike although be warned it is quite a hilly ride and only for experienced riders. A tuk tuk will cost in the region of 100,000 kip and this includes waiting time and the return journey. Tour companies also run excursions to the village and usually include a side visit to French explorer Henri Mouhout’s grave.
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Elephant Village Sanctuary near Luang Prabang

Close to the banks of the Nam Khan River, the Elephant Village Sanctuary (also known as the Elephant Park Project) works towards providing a peaceful future for rescued Lao elephants. Starting by saving the elephants from often brutal logging work, they are then given a home in the jungle where they can rest and recover. Some Read More...

  • Location: The Elephant Village Sanctuary is situated in the village of Xieng Lom 15km southeast of Luang Prabang close to the Nam Khan River.
  • Remarks: Proceeds from your visit will help support the elephants (with nine rescued from logging work and given a new home at the park so far). The sanctuary is private with no support from any other organisations so it really does depend on the help of visitors to continue in operation and offer a similar happy future for more elephants.
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Kuang Si Waterfall near Luang Prabang

Kuang Si (Xi) Waterfall is the biggest in the Luang Prabang area with three tiers leading to a 50-metre drop into spectacular azure pools before flowing downstream. The pools also make great swimming holes and are very popular with both tourists and locals. You can change clothes for swimming at the wooden huts located close to Read More...

  • Location: 29km south of Luang Prabang
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