Luang Prabang: This UNESCO world heritage site is the best area in Laos, and it’s a place many tourists end up staying longer. After Travel Channel aired a few shows, laid back and authentic Luang Prabang got even added attention among the sightseer community. In fact, nowadays, it’s a challenge the country is facing with the increasing number of Asian travelers poring into this small little historical town, and they are clearly struggling to keep up with the growing demand.

Luang Prabang, Laos
Luang Prabang Young Monk by Mekong river

The small quiet town is pretty much easily walkable to all parts of the town, even though at first glance it may look like there aren’t a lot to do in Luang Prabang but the relaxing atmosphere, beautiful soothing river sidewalk, watching the sunset and chilling out in the evening will definitely make you feel like stay longer than your initial plan.

Luang Prabang, Laos
I made it to Mount Phou Si’s top and deserved a photo opportunity

Luang Prabang has a lot of charming French influences. The French ruled Laos until the 1950s, so French influences could be found everywhere. So it was surprising for me to see French-style cafes, bakeries, and restaurants along the street and the riverbank.

Mekong River, Luang Prabang
Mekong River activities in Luang Prabang

Beautiful View From the Top of Mount Phou Si

The 100+ meters high Mount Phou Si is popular among visitors to watch the Sunrise or Sunset over the Mekong River. The 360-degree view of the city is spectacular from the pick. Consider a couple of hours for the climb and descent, with several stops to see the temples in between, rest under the shady trees, and admire the magical views. If you are in reasonably good health, the 355 steps to the summit won’t be that difficult, but you will definitely be sweating a lot.

  1. The most popular time to visit Mount Phou Si is in the afternoon
  2. Bring a bottle of water to drink, and a hat will surely help
  3. Visit Wat Tham Phou Si Shrine, which is halfway up the hill.
  4. At the top of the hill, visit the stupa of golden Wat Chom Si, built-in 1805
Nam Khan river, Luang Prabang
Nam Khan river before meeting the Mekong River – Luang Prabang, Laos

Visit Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham

This Buddhist temple in Luang Prabang, also known as Wat Mai, means The New Monastery of the Golden Land. Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham was built in 1796 by King Anourout in 1796-7 and later went through a face-lift by King Manthathourat, who gave the present name Wat Mai, which means New Monastery.

Luang Prabang, Laos
Souvannapoumaran Temple – Luang Prabang, Laos

Stop By At Haw Pha Bang, the “Royal Temple”

One of Luang Prabang’s most attractive monuments Haw Pha Bang is located in the Royal Palace Museum compound. A very fancy temple, the Haw Pha Bang which translates to “Royal Temple” is also known as the Wat Ho Pha Bang. It was built to house the most sacred Buddha image.

Luang Prabang, Laos
The Haw Pha Bang (Ho Pha Bang), Royal or Palace Chapel in Luang Prabang, Laos

Visit Tad Sae Waterfall

It is about 45 minutes drive only 18 km from my Luang Prabang guesthouse. Once dropped off by the tuk-tuk driver had to cross the river to take me to Tad Sae. The boat ride to Tad Sae is about 7 minutes. The place is beautiful, unlike the usual waterfalls, Tad Sae waterfalls, feature a wide, multi-level cascade pool of waterfalls and there is no single long-drop centerpiece. The place is divided between the swimming area and the elephant ride area. This place is perfect for a weekend getaway. It worth to pay a visit if you are in Luang Prabang.

Tad Sae Waterfall in Luang prabang province, Laos.
Tad Sae Waterfall in Luang prabang province, Laos

Visit Wat Xieng Thong

Wat Xieng Thong, once known as “The Temple of the Golden City”, holds great cultural, historical, and architectural importance. It is near the peninsula’s tip at the junction of two rivers, with a staircase leading up from the Mekong. For centuries it was considered the ceremonial gateway to the town, with visiting dignitaries and soon-to-be-crowned kings arriving via these steps. However, what will strike you upon entering the complex is how peaceful and elegant it is. The religious structures are very much enjoyable, as are the great places surrounding them.

Wat (Temple) Xiang Thong - Luang Prabang, Laos
Wat (Temple) Xiang Thong – Luang Prabang, Laos

Wat Long Khoun

Wat Long Khun is an 18th-century temple located in the village of Xiang Men on the other side of the Mekong River from Luang Prabang. The temple is almost directly across from Wat Xieng Thong. Even though it is across the river from one of Laos’ most visited temples, Wat Long Khun is off the main tourist trail and offers a quiet and peaceful temple experience.

Seeing Buddhist monks in orange robes walk around the streets or a beautiful sunset over the Mekong river from a temple upon the hills was amazing. With more motorbikes and bikes than cars, the French colonial-style small buildings’ noticeable impact gives Luang Prabang a relaxing and soothing quality. Located neatly between the Mekong River and the Nam Khan River, Luang Prabang, will surely win your heart.

Luang Prabang, Laos
Market Place – Luang Prabang, Laos

BBQ in progress, street corner restaurant. Liked the Mekong River fresh grilled fish. Luang Prabang, Laos

Luang Prabang, Laos
Restaurant in Luang Prabang, Laos
Luang Prabang, Laos
Restaurant by Nam Khan river

Where to stay in Luang Prabang, Laos

Kiridara Luang Prabang

Kiridara Luang Prabang offers well-appointed rooms and interconnecting rooms built around a pool with 180-degree views of Mount Phousi. In addition, this boutique hotel has a spa and restaurant located in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Luang Prabang. Guests can exercise in the small fitness room or visit the spa for a massage. A children’s pool is available, while bicycles can be rented for free. WiFi is accessible throughout the hotel. Phu Doi Restaurant serves Laos, Thai, and international dishes. Snacks may also be enjoyed at the pool deck, where guests can enjoy the mountain breeze and scenic views. Kiridara Luang Prabang is a 15-minute drive from Luang Prabang International Airport.

Villa Ban Lakkham River View, Luang Prabang

A 3-minute walk to Night Market and Xieng Thong Temple, Villa Ban Lakkham offers modern air-conditioned rooms with river views from a private balcony. In addition, guests enjoy free WiFi and free rental bicycles. Villa Ban Lakkham is a 5-minute walk to Phu Si Mountain and National Museum. Luang Prabang Airport is a 15-minute drive away. All rooms are nonsmoking and equipped with a flat-screen satellite TV, a safety deposit box, and a telephone. Complimentary toiletries and a hairdryer are included in a private bathroom. Staff at the 24-hour front desk can assist guests with laundry, car rental, and currency exchange. Travel arrangements can be made at the tour desk. A luggage storage service is also available.

My Opinion and Last Word

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