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

Good to know

Time difference:

GMT +7 hours

Currency:

Lao Kip

Flying time to destination:

13 hours

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When to visit

Jan 30°c
Feb 31°c
Mar 33°c
Apr 37°c
May 35°c
Jun 33°c
Jul 32°c
Aug 31°c
Sep 32°c
Oct 32°c
Nov 31°c
Dec 29°c
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The whole of Luang Prabang is listed as a world heritage site and from here you can visit the Kuang Si falls, climb Mount Phousi for views over the town, and also explore the Pak Ou caves. But to really get a feel for it grab lunch at one of the many restaurants - I definitely recommend trying the Luang Prabang salad!

And just watch the world go by. A highlight of my trip was getting up really early to witness the morning ritual of Tagbat - monks from all the local temples form a procession through the streets to collect Alms - donations o food from locals. We brought fish in banana leaves and rice to present to th monks, but note the more senior monks come past first and quite often the younger novice monks come past later and so can miss out - so save some for them!

Tracy Martin