The ancient town of Luang Prabang is situated in northern Laos. It was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage in 1995. Many travelers consider this town as the heart of Laotian culture. Here, there are a lot of beautiful places, stunning landscapes and vast mountains. It is definitely an ideal tourist attraction for those who want to have the best relaxing time ever in Laos. Wat Xieng Thong, Kuang Si waterfalls, caves of Pak Ou, Luang Prabang, the Night Market, Phou Si Mountain… are attractive tourist destinations that travelers do not want to miss when traveling to Luang Prabang.
1. Xieng Thong Temple
Wat Xieng Thong is the most important temple in Luang Prabang. It is situated at the end Sakkarin. It was built in 1560 under the King Setthathirat. The main gate of the temple is located on the bank of the Mekong River. On the major holidays of the year, Xieng Thong temple becomes extremely noisy, especially at night, because there are thousands of people going to the temple to admire the golden Buddha statue. Moreover, they will have a chance to attend Buddhist ceremony which baths the statue with scented water and perfume. The temple opens for tourists to visit from 8 am to 17 pm. Moreover, visitors can take a tour around the temple campus and chat comfortably with the monks here.
2. Kuang Si waterfall
Kuang Si is a complex of three waterfalls. The height of the main waterfall is 60m with the water pouring down from above with white foams. This is a very dramatic scene that everyone wants to watch. As one of the most attractive tourist destinations in Laos, visitors not only can visit wonderful mountains, but also have a chance to climb and swim in the beautiful waterfalls. While enjoying the fresh air of Kuang Si, visitors can hear a lovely birdsong and the sound of waterfalls. This makes a wonderful harmony and visitors must never forget this relaxing and peaceful moment.
3. The Pak Ou caves
Pak Ou Caves are located in the north of Luang Prabang, on the Mekong River region. Therefore, tourists can come here by road or by waterway. This cave is famous for Buddha statue sculptures. Although the sculptures have been largely damaged, the surrounding scenery is totally worth to explore.
4. Luang Prabang Night Market
Opening from 18 pm to 23pm daily, Luang Prabang night market stretches from the foot of Phou Si Mountain to the end of the main street of the city. Travelers should look at this place if they want to buy unique souvenirs and beautiful items. At the night market, guests can enjoy the excellent cuisine of Laos at the food stalls or buy Brocade colorful scarves, lovely umbrellas or small beautiful paper lanterns and so on. This noisy and crowded place will give you a happy and excited feeling.
5. Phou Si Mountain
6. Whisky village
The reason why the village is called “Whisky” because the village's famous specialty is the local whiskey and wine soaked from snakes, insects and mixed with whiskey sold in the unique shaped bottles. Because the village is located on the route to the Pak Ou caves, visitors can visit this place before visiting the famous caves.
7. The elephant park
Located downtown about 15 km to the north, near the Nam Khan River, Luang Prabang Elephant Park is specialized in fostering and preserving elephants in Laos. Here visitors will come to explore and learn a lot about the life of elephants. Especially, they will have a golden opportunity to sit on an elephant back and discover the Tad Sae waterfall.
Luang Prabang is the wonderful place that visitors are highly advised to visit when coming to Laos. The beauty of waterfalls, mountains, parks and caves here makes a strong impression on travelers. That is the reason why Luang Prabang has become more and more popular. In the future, it is undeniable that the place will be the most visited destination in Laos.