Luang Prabang is one of the best places to visit in Laos, South East Asia. The town was declared a world heritage site in 1955 due to it’s many Buddhist temples and amazing golden architecture. It’s nicknamed the golden city and one of the cities with more Buddhists in the world. So here are 8 things you absolutely must visit in Luang Prabang.
What to see in Luang Prabang
If you visit Laos you should definitely try to visit Luang Prabang. If you want to go to a place with a completely different culture you will definitely find it here. It is located in the north of Laos, between the Mekong and Nam Khane rivers. Laos is located in Southeast Asia, surrounded by Thailand, China, Vietnam, Cambodia and Burma. It is becoming more and more popular with tourists every year.
Luang Prabang is a fairly religious city and fairly quiet although at night the city get’s a little bit more lively. It’s mostly inhabited by Buddhists and the temples are usually buzzing at nighttime.
Laos uses the Lao Kip currency, although Thai Baht and US dollars are also accepted in many places.
Things to do in Luang Prabang
Despite being a quiet place, there are hundreds of things to do in Luang Prabang. We will share what we things are the 8 best activites to do in this city.
Visit a Buddhist Temple
You can find over 50 different Buddhist temples in Luang Prabang and some of the most important ones include Wat Mai Buddhist Temple, Wat Xieng Thong Temple, Phu Si or Wat Manolon.
Visit the Royal Palace in Luang Prabang
The Royal Palace in Luang Prabang is one of the main tourist attractions of the city. Inside you can even find a theatre, the Haw Pha Bang temple and the Royal Palace Museum which we also recommend you to visit. Until 1975 it served as residence for the royal family of Luang Prabang, until this city was part of the Democratic Republic of Laos. Today, it is open to all visitors from 8:00 to 11:30 and in the afternoon from 13:30 to 16:00. But remember, it’s forbidden to go with large bags, take photos and take off shoes when entering.
We recommend that you visit the Royal Palace and attend some of the dance performances which are shown here regularly.
Visit the Royal Palace Museum
Visiting the Royal Palace Museum in Luang Prabang is a good way to learn more about the culture and history of this Buddhist city. It is full of old arefacts from around the city, as well as musical instruments. In addition you will see the rooms where the old Royal Family resided as the throne room.
Luang Prabang Offering Ceremony
Every morning, the monks in Luang Prabang leave their bare temples to collect the offerings or alms of their devotees, which is called the Offering Ceremony. This ceremony is not only celebrated in Luang Prabang, but it is one of the best places to experience it. Monks wear their orange robes while devotees wait on their knees to offer rice, biscuits or other products.
Sail down the Mekong River
Whilst visitng Luang Prabang one recommended trip is from the Mekong River to the Pak Ou Caves. Normally the excursion is done by boat along the Mekong River, you can start the route from the Luang Prabang pier. It costs around £13
Pak Ou Caves are also known as the Thousand Buddhas Caves, inside you will find many Buddha figurines.
Strolling through the Night Market Luang Prabang
When night arrives, our advice is that you take a stroll through the night market, it takes place every night in Sisavangvong street. Inside you’ll find handicrafts, gifts and delicious food. The best thing about Luang Probang’s market is their delicious handmade juices!
Swim in Kuang Si Waterfall
Imagine swimming in a beautiful blue water while admiring the golden city. Wander around this national park and take a swim in the waterfall to cool down afterwards.
Take a day trip to Phu Si Hill
To get the best views of the city, climb up to the top of Phu Si Hill and while you’re there explore Wat Chom Si Buddhist Temple. The most popular route to get to Phu Si Hill is from Sisavangvong Road opposite the Royal Palace.
Where to Eat in Luang Prabang
Before starting your trip to Luang Prabang, it is important that you know where and what to eat in Luang Prabang. We suggest Tum Tum Cheng, to try the best Thai recipes or Blue Lagoon, where you will also find some European dishes. If you are looking for something cheaper and traditionally from Luang Prabang, you can eat in one of the stalls in the night market or Atsalin restaurant.
Where to sleep in Luang Prabang
Finding accommodation in Luang Prabang shouldn’t be too difficult and the prices are more then affordable. The best option is to rent out a house in the centre if you’re travelling with a small group. This way you can experience the traditional buildings and live like a local in a foreign city.
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