Luang Prabang, once the capital and the royal seat of the Lan Xang Kingdom or “land of a thousand elephants”, is a delightful town with a very relaxed atmosphere, nestled in a mountain valley at the confluence of the Mekong and Khan Rivers. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995, the town is considered to be the living heart of Lao religion and culture.
- Soak up the charming atmosphere of Luang Prabang
- Swim in the tiered pools of Kuang Si Waterfalls
- See the thousands of Buddahs in the Pak Ou caves
- Rise early to give alms to the monks
- Marvel at the ornate temples and ancient monuments
- Hunt for treasures in the night market
Not withstanding the stunning backdrop of the towering Mt. Phousi, Luang Prabang’s allure also comes from the sublime blend of ornate golden temples, ancient monuments and the gloriously faded grandeur of the French colonial architecture. The hundreds of monks wandering around in their burnt sienna robes; the bustle and colour of the fresh produce and handicrafts markets as well as the ubiquitous perfume of frangipanis and spicy food stalls offering delicious cuisine, all enhance the reputation of this town as the most enchanting in Laos.
Other nearby highlights include the Pak Ou Caves which houses thousands of Buddha images; several villages renowned for their cotton & silk weaving; the Kuangsi and Tat Sae waterfalls; elephant rides in the forests and treks to various Hmong and Khamu hill-tribe villages.