Places to visit in Luang Prabang, Laos

1. Beautiful ancient city of Luang Prabang

The best way to visit interesting heritage buildings in traditional Lao architecture is on foot or bicycle. Most hotels, restaurants, cafes are concentrated around the city so you do not need any knotty vehicle. There’s absolutely no modern building or any 2-storey house.



This is a must-see in Luang Prabang - the Pak Ou Caves, also known as Buddha caves. To reach the cave, you have to take a long journey of about 25 km along the Mekong River. Thousands of Buddha statues placed inside the caves is a really amazing sight.


3. Shopping in Luang Prabang

There are 2-3 markets around Luang Prabang but the most famous is the night market, located on the center road. Unlike any other market, Luang Prabang Night Market is flooded with silver souvenirs, traditional toys ... This is also the ideal place for you to buy gifts for relatives and friends. Additionally, you can also find other interesting gifts at Hmong market. The market opens during the day and sells a lot of paintings of the city's local artists.


4. Lao Cuisine

The food in Luang Prabang is considered clean, cheap and tasty. The local specialty cakes sold everywhere in the city are quite tasty and also at affordable price. Besides, famous Lao coffee is a world’s famous premium drink. If coming here, you should try a nice little bar to enjoy a cup of coffee. Along the banks of the Mekong River, there are also many restaurants combined Laotian and French cuisine.


5. Whisky Village

The village is nestled on the bank of Mekong river and on the way to the Pak Ou caves, where the boats choose as a stopover for about 30 minutes before continuing the journey. Famous specialty of the village is the local whiskey or other types which soaked with snakes, insects and sold in unique shapebottles. The handmade Lao silk and other fabrics are popular commodities sold for tourists here.



Mount Phousi is also known as Chomsy hills. You can easily climb to the top (about 300 steps) for panoramic views of the city. On top of the mountain there is a very beautiful temple. There are two ways to climb: from the main streets in the city orthe trails behind Ethnic Museum. The most wonderful time to climb the mountain is late afternoon before sunset.


7. The temples and pagodas

There are more than 30 temples and pagodas located around the city of Luang Prabang. The most famous is Wat Mai which is located on the main road of the city. In Luang Prabang there are also a lot of schools for young monks. They learn about furniture, lacquer and English.



Kuang Si Waterfall (also called Tat Kuangsi or Kuang Xi) is a complex of 3 falls, 30 km from the center of Luang Prabang. This is a favourite destination of lot of tourists to Laos. The main waterfall is about 60 meters high, falling down forming small lakes, like natural greenpools. You can enjoy swimming. Previously, this place is free but then a fare is collected to fund maintenance and conservation. There is also a bear sanctuary with rare alivebears.



As one of the ancient temples and the most important in Luang Prabang, Xieng Thong was built in 1560. Entrance fee is 5,000 kip ($ 0.5). The courtyard of the temple is where we can enjoy interesting architecture. Besides, the frescoes of Xieng Thong are also special attractions.


10. Riding elephants

Elephant park is located about 15 km from the city, surrounded between the mountains. It takes about 3-4 hours of climbing to reach the Elephant Khammu village. Here you can both riding elephants and learn about daily living, unique culture of ethnic minorities.


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