The beautiful and historic city of Luang Prabang sits in a valley at the meeting place of the Mekong and Nam Khan Rivers. The royal capital of Laos until 1975, it is known for its many Buddhist temples and gorgeous natural scenery. Explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site and discover a diverse collection of architecture, such as buildings left behind by French colonials and traditional Laotian wooden houses.
Get ready to immerse yourself in the history of this city, which goes back over 1000 years! Popular historic locations include the temple of Wat Xieng Thong (which dates back to the 16th century) and Wat Mai (the former residence of the head of Laotian Buddhism). Other historic attractions include the Haw Kham Royal Palace Museum and the numerous small wats (temples) on the main street.
When you’re done exploring the large selection of historic sites around Luang Prabang, head to the centre of this destination, where you will find the charming Mount Phousi. From this position, you can enjoy amazing views over the city as well as the river systems.
For some of the natural attractions around Luang Prabang, take a tour through the scenic landscapes surrounding the city. Discover breath-taking waterfalls or go on an adventure exploring mountain trails on foot or on bicycles. There’s also the exhilarating activity of kayaking, or the more relaxing pastime of indulging in river cruises. Major picturesque locations include Kuang Si Falls, Tat Sae Waterfalls, and Pak Ou Caves.
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