Laos’ cultural capital is surely amazing. The town features beautiful glittering temples, traditional Lao wooden houses and hints of European architecture making every moment a Kodak moment. What’s more is that the area around Luang Prabang features waterfalls, caves and rivers. Luang Prabang is truly amazing. Experience Amazing Luang Prabang.
What better way to start off your trip than with a hilltop view of the entire town? Well, the thing is that you will have to earn it! Make the 328 stair climb up Mount Phousi for that panoramic view of Luang Prabang. You might get winded out after the climb, but the reward sure makes the effort worthwhile. Plus, a little stair climb doesn’t hurt, right?
Make a stop to one of the town’s glittering temples when you visit Wat Xieng Thong. This is one of Luang Prabang’s older ones, built in 1560. Next up is a stop to the mystifying Pak Ou Caves. If you decide to count them, there should be about 4,000 Buddha images here. The caves have always been a spiritually important place and people throughout time have placed their old gold lacquered Buddha statues here out of respect.
If time permits, stop on the way back at Ban Xang Hay, a village specializing in making rice alcohol. Try if you dare, this drink really packs a punch! After that, take a tour of the city and visit more of Luang Prabang’s attractions such as the Royal Palace, the golden bas relief temple of Wat Mai and Wat Sensoukarahm. Then in the evening, indulge in Lao culture with a Royal Ballet performance. The dances will provide you a unique entertainment experience that will surely live on in your memory banks for a while.
No Luang Prabang experience would be complete without witnessing the early morning alms walk. And by early morning we mean before sunrise. If you can wake up this early, the experience should not be missed. After that, continue on with your temple touring before heading over to Kuang Si Falls, one of Southeast Asia’s most beautiful cascades. Enjoy a picnic, swim in the pools or just bask in the forest surroundings. The choice is yours.
You’ll also get a chance to visit two ethnic villages on the way back to Luang Prabang. The lifestyles of these people haven’t changed much for centuries, despite the rapid spread of modernism. Another thing that hasn’t changed much is the food. Speaking of which, you will get to enjoy a nice authentic Lao food dinner aboard the Nava Mekong on the, yes you guessed it, Mekong River. A live band and graceful Lao dancers will provide the entertainment.
Let Laos hypnotize you with its laid back atmosphere and relaxed setting. It is certainly one of the most chilled-out countries on Earth and we have dozens of tours to the country available on our Laos tour page. You can also be the creator of your very own itinerary. Just fill out the necessary information on our tailor-made page and click on the send button.
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