The jewel of Indochina
A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1995, Luang Prabang is the jewel of Indochina. Time seems to stand still in this small and friendly town, which sits at the confluence of the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers and encircled by mountains. Thanks to the UNESCO listing, new buildings are limited and any development must be in keeping with this magical destination to preserve its unique charm.
- Full of treasures, Luang Prabang boasts a wide variety of architectural styles, from historic temples to old French mansions and it is this fusion that earned the city UNESCO status
- At the junction of the Mekong and its tributary, the Khan River, this city is the perfect place to experience life on the river
- Take in stunning views of the surrounding temples and hills from magnificent Mount Phousi, but pace yourself – it’s 300 steps to the summit and the beautiful Wat Chomsi
- The surrounds are as beautiful as the city itself, a particular highlight being the tiered Kuang Si Falls where you can find secluded pools to swim in
- Laos’ Buddhist traditions and customs can be witnessed each morning during Tak Bat, when food is offered to the monks as the make their way through the city
Best time to visit Luang Prabang
November to February, when the weather is coolest and driest.
Luang Prabang holiday highlights
Partake in a relaxing river cruise which provides the perfect opportunity to witness how life in Laos’ former capital centres on this famous waterway. Drift upstream towards the Pak Ou caves that sit high above the riverside, and are known for the hundreds of small wooden Buddha statues and images that are found inside.
In the city itself, explore a wide variety of architectural styles, from historic temples to old French mansions; gaze at the mountains that surround this ancient royal city at the junction of the Mekong and its tributary; and take in stunning views of the surrounding temples and hills from magnificent Mount Phousi.
Eighteen miles outside of Luang Prabang and hidden within the forest sits the majestic Kuang Si Falls which are tiered over the steep hillside. Turquoise pools and roaring cascades combine to create a relaxing space. Cool off in one of the many pools or wander along nature tracks admiring the limestone landscapes and lush forest.