Tourist Places to Visit in Luang Prabang, Laos, Asia
Luang Prabang is a UNESCO World Heritage city situated in Luang Prabang Province in north central Laos. It is located about 300 kms north of national capital Vientiane on the convergence of Mekong River and Nam Khan River. Luang Prabang is placed between 28°18′ N latitude and 74°58′ E longitude.
Luang Prabang is a popular tourist destination well known for several Buddhist temples and monasteries. Luang Prabang experiences a tropical wet and dry climate and December and January are very cool months in Luang Prabang. The tourist landmarks of Luang Prabang include Haw Kham and Vat Xieng Toung.
History of Luang Prabang:
Luang Prabang was earlier known as Muang Sua. It was the regal capital and the administrative headquarter of Lao Kingdom before communism started in 1975.
Cuisine, Shopping and Culture in Luang Prabang:
Luang Prabang is home to three class cultural centres like Ock Pop Tok Living Craft Centre, Lenou’s Library and The Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre. Ock Pop Tok Living Craft Centre is located just 2 kms away from the city and it offers classes of bamboo and textile weaving.
The restaurants of Luang Prabang serves with French and South Eastern Asia countries food in variety flavor at different costs. Vegetarian fry spring roll is very famous among the regions of Luang and it costs 3,000 kip and the same item in pork flavor costs 5,000 kip per piece. Grilled fish, chicken legs and buffalo sausages are other popular dishes in Luang Prabang.
It has become little easy to Thailand and USA tourists to shopping in Luang Prabang, because Thai baht and US$ are well working all around the city. Most of the ATMs of the city are located in Sisavangvong Road. The Night Market located on Sisavangvong Road offers different handcraft products, ornaments, clothes, duvet covers, cushion covers, and pillow sets.
How to reach Luang Prabang?
Route 13 which connects Luang Prabang with Vang Vieng and Vientian. There are regular buses available to reach nearby cities at Luang Prabang and the months of monsoon season are not good to travel Luang Prabang because of its undeveloped road infrastructure.
Luang Prabang is served by Luang Prabang International Airport with flights to nearby countries like Thailand and China. The airport is situated 4 kms away from the midpoint of Luang Prabang City. One can use taxi and buses to arrive airport.
Tourist Attractions in Luang Prabang:
The Kuang Si Falls:
The Kuang Si Falls is one of the must visit place in Luang Prabang, located about 29 kms from Luang Prabang city. The middle of rainy season is the ideal time to visit this marvelous waterfall.
Buddhist Temple at Haw Kham:
The external structure of Buddhist Temple is designed with golden royal paintings and its stunning wooden carvings supplies unforgettable feel to first time visitors.
Vat Xieng Toung:
Vat Xieng Toung is one of the most beautiful ancient monasteries, open from morning 6 AM to evening 6 PM.
Other tourist attractions near Luang Prabang include:
- Phou Si
- Tad Sae Waterfalls
- Vipassana Temple and Park
- Bear Rescue Centre
- Tad Thong Waterfall and Nature Trail
Best time to visit Luang Prabang:
From November to February is the best time to holiday Luang Prabang.
Accommodation Options in Luang Prabang:
Most of the hotels located at Luang Prabang have Free Wi-Fi option and air ticket booking facility. The prominent budgeted guest houses and luxury hotels of Luang Prabang are:
- Chitlathda Guesthouse
- Cold River Guesthouse
- Halolao Backpackers
- Luang Prabang Backpackers Guesthouse
- Levady Guesthouse
- Mala Dressmaker & Watthat Guesthouse
- Merry Guesthouse
- Phasith Guesthouse
- Prasith Guest house
- Hotel De Lyon
- The Apsara
- Les 3 Nagas Hotel