The ancient town of Luang Prabang is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Laos. Located 700 metres above sea level in northern Laos, it’s encircled by mountains at the confluence of the Nam Khan and Mekong Rivers.

    Luang Prabang is considered by many as the heart of Laotian culture, where you can see traditional wooden houses, royal structures, colonial architecture, and over 30 vat (Buddhist shrines). The town's historic quarter is dedicated to tourism, meaning there's plenty of accommodation to suit most budget levels. 

    What to see & do in Luang Prabang

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    • 19 Best Things to Do in Luang Prabang

      Our list of things to do in Luang Prabang highlights the UNESCO-listed town’s natural and manmade attractions. Often described as the 'Jewel in Laos Crown', Luang Prabang has managed to preserve its longstanding tradition and charm, exuding a missed-out-on-modernization vibe. The majority of Luang Prabang’s sights (including 33 Buddhist temples) can be reached on foot, so...

    Where & what to eat in Luang Prabang

    • 15 Great Restaurants in Luang Prabang

      Restaurants in Luang Prabang cover a wide range of regional cuisine, from authentic Laotian dishes to modern French. Some of the town’s best places to eat can be found on the banks of the Mekong River, along Sakkarine Road. Most of Luang Prabang’s high-end hotels have onsite restaurants with elegant dining rooms, garden or river views, and an extensive...

    Where to shop & what to buy in Luang Prabang

    • 12 Best Places to Go Shopping in Luang Prabang

      Some of the best places to go shopping in Luang Prabang are located in the town centre, where you can purchase authentic handicrafts, art, textiles and jewellery. Many of these items are handmade by Laos’ ethnic groups, whose handicraft skills continue to be practised through the generations. There are plenty of fair trade shops where you get to contribute towards...

    Where to go & what to do at night in Luang Prabang

    • 6 Best Nightlife Experiences in Luang Prabang

      Nightlife in Luang Prabang can be rather enjoyable if you know where to go. While the town lacks in loud and packed nightclubs that would often stay open until 3am, there are decent bars and night-time activities you can enjoy during your stay in this town in northern Laos. Laos also has a rather strict curfew, which means most...

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