The city of Luang Prabang, which lies at the Mekong River, is one of the most popular destinations in Laos. With its traditional houses, old temples and amazing surroundings you can easily spend a few days in the city. Here are my personal top things to do in Luang Prabang.
Mount Phousi, which is around 100m high, stands in the heart of the city and it takes 328 steps to reach the top. Wat Chom Si, with its beautiful gilded stupa and an amazing view over the whole city of luang Prabang area is waiting for you.
The Royal Palace (a mix of French Beaux Arts and Laos style) was built in 1904 and served a s the new official residence for the monarchs. Today it is a museum in which you can learn a lot about Lao history and culture.
The tak bat, the ceremony where the monks collect the food, takes place every morning at sunrise (so don’t forget to wake up). Many people will line the streets of Luang Prabang to offer alms and cooked rice to the monks.
Wat Xieng Thong, also known as the monastery of the Golden City, is one of the most beautiful temples in Laos. You can find it at the northernmost tip of the peninsula.
Pak Ou Caves
25km north of Luang Prabang is one of the holiest sites in Laos. Packed with more than 4000 Buddha icons the holy Pak Ou Caves can be visited on a day trip.
Kuang Si Falls
45 minutes south of Luang Prabang you can find the three-tier travertine waterfall Tat Kuang Si. You can swim in the natural pools, take a ride on an elephant or just enjoy the cosy atmosphere.