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Luang Prabang

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4 / 5 - 5 reviews
How to get there
1 hour by plane from Vientiane
When to go
Between October and March
Minimum stay
2 to 3 days

Reviews of Luang Prabang

michael mamane Seasoned Traveller
76 written opinions

The main city of northern Laos, Luang Prabang is classified as a world heritage site, making it a must-visit for anyone touring the country.

My suggestion:
At dusk, Luang Prabang offers a magnificent sunset view from the heights of Mount Phousi, which is located in the city centre... it's worth spending at least one night in the city just to enjoy it!
My review

To discover the northern region of Laos, I advise you to spend several days in Luang Prabang. The city will suit both those who need a break as well as those who are looking for an ideal base to discover the surrounding area from.

Let's be clear: I immediately fell in love with this region of Laos. Pleasantly situated on the banks of the Mekong, Luang Prabang is a very pleasant stopover city that is bathed in an exceptional atmosphere that will make you want to extend your stay for a few days. I particularly took advantage of my free time to visit the temples and the many religious monuments in the city, without failing to make a visit to the beautiful cascading Kuang Si waterfall, located 30 km away.

When evening comes, don't miss the atmosphere of the night market with its many souvenir booths, shops offering succulent grilled meats, sandwiches and delicious fresh fruit cocktails.

During the Chinese New Year festivities, I would recommend you book your accommodation in advance!

Aude Michelet Seasoned Traveller
28 written opinions

Listed as a UNESCO world heritage site, the privileged location of Luang Prabang has enabled it to preserve both its traditional and colonial architecture.

My suggestion:
If the procession of the monks may have become a cliché for some, for me it remains an essential and moving experience. You won't regret getting up early to be there! I advise you get out by 4:45 a.m. Not to be missed during a stay in Laos!
My review

For me, Luang Prabang is the jewel in the crown of Laos. As soon as I arrived, I felt a striking contrast with the rest of the country. In fact, Luang Prabang is situated on the banks of the Mekong River at 700 m altitude and thus enjoys a cool climate. Don't forget to take warmer clothes but you can forget mosquito protection!

It is easy to wander through the centre of the city, alternating visits to buildings with colonial architecture and the many temples. I particularly enjoyed the evening strolls by lantern light, which is truly enchanting.

However, I must admit that the row of western restaurants spoils the local charm a little. I found that it is well-worth crossing the bamboo bridge (only in the dry season) to reach the other side of the city because it offers a unique viewpoint to admire the work of the weavers and the rearing of silkworms. I went there on foot but it is also possible to rent a bike in the centre of the city.

Simon Hoffmann Seasoned Traveller
185 written opinions

Luang Prabang is a town in the north of Laos which is famous for the large number of temples it has and is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

My suggestion:
If you get up early in the morning you can join in the procession of the Buddhist monks around the town, looking for offerings. The locals put rice and other food in the monks' bowls.
My review

When I was small, my parents' friends filled my head with stories about Luang Prabang and ever since I have dreamed about going to this emblematic place in Laos. I have to say that I was not disappointed, quite the contrary. Although Luang Prabang is a well known and frequently visited town, its charm has not been spoiled by the tourists. The temples are all magnificent, beautifully decorated and adorned with glorious sculptures, each more beautiful than the last.

At the end of the day a market sets up in the main street where you can find clothes and local crafts. On a perpendicular road to this there is another market, which specialises in food and where you will be spoilt for choice. Most of the stalls have buffets with lots of different dishes - it would be hard not to find something you want!

Luang Prabang is somewhere you must goduring your trip to Laos.

Marine Faure Seasoned Traveller
48 written opinions

Luang Prabang is a town in the north of Laos that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

My suggestion:
Whatever you do don't miss the night market!
My review
I think Luang Prabang is one of the most beautiful town's in south-east Asia and is still a place you must stay during your tour of Laos. I loved the zen atmosphere, cool air, colonial architecture mixed with Buddhist temples and its colours. During the day I walked around town and by the river. In the evening I loved the night market.
When you leave Luang Prabang, don't miss going to the Kuang Si waterfalls, which are about 30 kilometres from the town. I went there by minibus. The falls are in the middle of a park which has a mini-zoo at the entrance, where I saw some black bears. The biggest fall is 60 metres high and you can swim in the cool turquoise water of the pools.
David Debrincat Seasoned Traveller
459 written opinions

Luang Prabang is a Laotian treasure. It's built on a human scale, is culturally rich and is without doubt one of the most interesting places in the country.

My suggestion:
Every morning at 5.30am, monks file down the streets begging for alms. It's an endless trail of orange robes and a spectacular scene to witness.
My review

The best way to get to Laung Prabang is by boat along the River Laos. That was how I discovered this East Asian jewel during my trip to Laos. It's simply stunning. So beautiful that it was a classified a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Capital of Laos until 1563, its name means 'Great Sacred Gold Statue'. One thing you should know is that Luang Prabang is a culinary heaven. At the market, for under a quid, you can eat as much fried rice, noodles, tempura and curry as you like...it's the best!

Once in Luang Prabang be prepared to get up early. The Rera kicks off every morning at 5.30am. It's one of the most impressive Buddhist rituals you can see. As Buddha himself once did, young monks file down the streets begging for food. As the cortege advances, some monks wear blank expressions and the heavy silence makes this religious occasion even more remarkable. Watching all these monks in their orange robes walk barefoot down the street is a once in a lifetime spectacle. It's a shame, however, when the disrespectful clicking of tourists' cameras breaks the silence.

After you've done a day's sightseeing, I suggest you head up Mount Phousi to watch the sun set. One great discovery I made in Laung Prabang was the Red Cross sauna. It's cheap and all revenue goes towards helping a Laotian village. What's more every time you go, you're served with a delicious cup of tea. I have to admit I spent more time with a cup of tea in my hand than I did in the steam rooms.

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