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Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang

Country

Lao PDR

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Lao kip

Explore Luang Prabang

A visit to Luang Prabang will allow you to quickly understand why it has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1995. Strategically resting at the point where the Khan and Mekong rivers unite, this city was once a capital of Lao PDR. Today, its fusion of European and Laotian architecture—when combined with its ancient landmarks and culture—gives it a prominent identity as one of Southeast Asia’s great tourist destinations.

Explore Other Must Do in Luang Prabang

There are many places that you can visit. Here are the destination for you to eat, shop, see or do. Explore them!

  • Kaipen

    Kaipen

    To Eat

    Kaipen consists of sheets of freshwater seaweed that are coated with sesame seeds and left to dry under the sun until they are extremely crisp. It is commonly eaten as a snack by Laotians, and is prepared for consumption with a brief session of frying. It is best enjoyed with a serving of jaew bong, a Laotian chilli paste that should not be underestimated in terms of spiciness and flavour.

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  • Khao Jee Sandwich

    Khao Jee Sandwich

    To Eat

    Khao jee sandwiches are probably one of the best ways to observe the effect that French colonisation has had on Lao PDR. Khao jee actually means baguette, and these baguette sandwiches are so dearly loved by locals due to their hearty fillings. They are best savoured with a good cup of warm coffee, according to the people of Laos.

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  • Luang Prabang Night Market

    Luang Prabang Night Market

    To Shop

    Many Southeast Asian destinations are incomplete without a night market, and Luang Prabang is no different. The Luang Prabang Night Market is a good place to visit for some souvenir shopping, as it is laden with handicrafts and other local products. Do not hesitate to let your inner haggler go while here, though!

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  • ELEPHANT VILLAGE

    ELEPHANT VILLAGE

    To Do

    A celebration of Lao PDR’s past as the ‘Land of a Million Elephants’, Luang Prabang’s Elephant Village is a haven for these majestic beasts. The elephants that reside here were all rescued from abusive and hazardous conditions, and visitors are encouraged to interact, learn and have fun with them during visits to the Village. This is done through activities like feeding and bathing the elephants.

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  • Kuang Si Falls

    Kuang Si Falls

    To Do

    If a tiered waterfall with azure water and refreshing pools sounds like a notion of interest to you, the Kuang Si Falls is where you ought to be. These surreal waters are known for being rather chilly, as they are shaded by a thick canopy of trees. The area surrounding the falls is also a famous spot for picnics, and numerous benches and tables have been installed to cater to this purpose.

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  • Hmong Market

    Hmong Market

    To Shop

    Luang Prabang’s Hmong Market is often considered to be the city’s prime spot for ethnic handicrafts, and with good reason. It is lined with a seemingly endless array of embroidered products, many of which carry ethnic influences and tribal elements of design. It opens from morning till early in the evening, so do not worry about having to rush through it in a short span of time.

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  • WAT WISUNALAT

    WAT WISUNALAT

    To See

    Sometimes referred to as Wat Visounnarat, Wat Wisunalat was constructed in 1512, making it one of Luang Prabang’s oldest temples. Its defining trait is That Pathum, a massive stupa that incorporates unique Singhalese elements of design. Although it has been rebuilt over the years on numerous occasions, it still functions today as an active institution of Buddhism, with a large collection of Buddhist imagery and artefacts.

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  • Kuang Si Butterfly Park

    Kuang Si Butterfly Park

    To Do

    What better way to enjoy the natural flora and fauna that exists around the Kuang Si Falls than spending some time at the Kuang Si Butterfly Park? This centre is famed for its efforts to conserve and preserve the area’s natural elements, while also educating people on the part they play in these efforts. It is also said to be a good place to just sit back and relax with a good cup of coffee.

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  • MORNING MARKET

    MORNING MARKET

    To Shop

    Luang Prabang’s morning market is where you would want to go to see and experience how locals do their shopping. It sells primarily fresh produce and food, making it a good stop for breakfast or a morning snack. You can even sample some of Lao PDR’s more exotic culinary offerings here, including grilled crickets, grilled bee larvae and barbecued bamboo rats.

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  • Mount Phousi

    Mount Phousi

    To Do

    The stunning view of sunrise and sunset that it provides makes the hike up Mount Phousi well worth the effort. It reportedly towers over Luang Prabang with a height of more than 100 metres, and is home to a few famous structures, such as Wat Chomsi and Wat Tham Phousi. Do not be surprised to find people releasing caged birds at its peak, either, as Laotians believe that this gesture brings good fortune.

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  • Wat Xieng Thong

    Wat Xieng Thong

    To See

    The Buddhist temple that is Wat Xieng Thong was built in the 16th century, making it one of the most important—and historical—structures in Laos. It is a mesmerizing work of art, with its sweeping roofs, golden embellishments, a reputed mosaic of the ‘Tree of Life’ and doors with intricate carvings. These grand features make it easy to understand why it is named ‘The Temple of the Golden City’.

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  • Royal Palace Museum

    Royal Palace Museum

    To See

    Also referred to as Haw Kham, the Royal Palace Museum of Luang Prabang is housed in a structure that was assembled in 1904. This building is known for its architecture, which brings together design elements that are derived from French Beaux-arts and traditional motifs of Laos. Although it currently holds a great number of exhibits on Laotian history and culture, this was not always the case. As its name implies, it was once the home of Lao PDR’s royal family.

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