Sitting high in northern Laos, Luang Prabang is a laid-back city surrounded by lush forests, cascading waterfalls and mist enveloped mountains. It enjoys a breezy setting at the junction of the Mekong and the Khan rivers and is dotted with gilded wats, fragrant frangipani trees and saffron-robed monks.
Things to do in Luang Prabang
If you visit just one of Luang Prabang's magnificent temples or monasteries, make it Wat Xieng Thong. Its sweeping roof swoops down to the ground and is decorated with gleaming gold leaves. Don't miss the intricate "Tree of Life" mosaic on the temple's western wall.
Located just outside the city is Green Jungle Park. The tropical garden is brimming with lush palms, colourful flower gardens and natural swimming pools. You can soar over the canopy on a zipline or take on the high ropes course.
Whether you're planning to embark on a hill tribe trek or simply want to know more about the country's indigenous population, don't miss the TAEC museum. From ethnic costumes to handwoven handicrafts, it offers a fascinating glimpse at life in rural Laos.
Luang Prabang is home to some of the country's best cafes, restaurants and bars. Set by the river, Utopia lives up to its name with a tantalising menu and lush greenery surroundings adorned with low-slung tables and colourful cushions.
Getting around Luang Prabang
Luang Prabang is easy to navigate on foot, especially around the waterfront district. Another great way to explore the city is by bicycle or aboard a local tuk-tuk. From the city centre, the drive to Luang Prabang Airport takes around 15 minutes.