Luang Prabang, Religious and Artistic Capital

Luang Prabang

literally means “Royal Buddha Image”, is a city located in north central Laos, at the junction of the Nam Khan river and Mekong River about 425 km north of Vientiane. The population of the city is about 50,000.
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The city was former the royal capital and seat of government of the Kingdom of Laos, until the communist takeover in 1975. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The main part of the city consists of four main roads located on a peninsula between the Nam Khan and Mekong rivers. The city is well known for its numerous Buddhist temples and monasteries. Every morning, hundreds of monks from the various monasteries walk through the streets collecting alms (their food for the day).

Luang Prabang is an outstanding example of the fusion of traditional architecture and Lao urban structures with those built by the European colonial authorities in the 19th and 20th centuries. You’ll see everything from golden-roofed temples to traces of colonial French architecture here. It’s unique, remarkably well-preserved townscape illustrates a great mixture in blending of these two distinct cultural traditions.
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Luang Prabang main attractions

Luang Prabang has both natural and historical sites. Kuang Si Falls and Pak Ou Caves are most famous ones among all natural tourism sites. Tourists can also ride elephants. Night market at the end of the main street of Luang Prabang is a must-see place to drop by where stalls sell shirts, bracelets and other souvenirs for big shoppers. Most well known historical sites are the Haw Kham Royal Palace Museum and the Wat Xieng Thong temple. Together with the all temples, significant parts of the old town’s appeal are the many French provincial style houses.

The scents of fresh coffee, river activity, produce markets and charming of its life style in the beautiful city where encircled by mountains, and 700m above sea level at the confluence of the Khan River and the Mekong River, Luang Prabang is now Laos’ foremost tourist showplace.

Come and convince it by yourself at Luang Prabang.