The magic, the glamour, the beauty, the flair and the elegance of Luang Prabang demands one thing from you; that you travel this UNESCO Heritage Town in style. Located at the confluence of the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers, this 700 year old city that resembles more of a town is strikingly well-preserved and demands your attention. There’s a reason why it is considered the country’s spiritual capital. And you will find out via a stylish and experiential trip.
The authentic Laos experience starts right away. Even before the arrival of Buddhism, citizens participated in an ancient tradition called the Baci ceremony. This ritual is of Animist origin and like most aspects of that belief got integrated into Buddhism. Important events like births, marriages ordination into monkhood, departing, returning and others all warrants a Baci ceremony, including your visit to Luang Prabang!
Next up is Lao culture at its most graceful. And you will certainly agree after watching the beautiful movements of Lao traditional performances such as the Lao Ramayana epic, local folk dances and tribal shows at the Royal Ballet Theater. Then it’s time to savor those tempting Lao flavors at L’Elephant, one of the town’s top restaurants.
Visit Luang Prabang’s top attraction, Wat Xieng Thong. This temple, situated along the banks of the Mekong is the town’s oldest at 461 years old. Glittering gold designs embedded onto a dark and burnished background as well as columns featuring a rich lacquer-like black with gold stenciling should catch anybody’s attention. Haw Kham, the former Royal Palace turned museum includes lots of fascinating relics that you should take a look at. Wat Sen and numerous other temples also await your arrival. And here’s where your tour becomes stylish; you can elect to experience the town via electric bike. Faster than a traditional bicycle but without the fumes that come with it, this is a fast, fun and easy way to explore Luang Prabang.
As majestic as the town itself, Kuang Si Falls warrants your visit. Its blue pools, splashing rapids, verdant fauna and relaxing atmosphere may make leaving the area difficult. If you want to continue with the water scenery, then Pak Ou Caves is where you need to go. The caverns, set along the banks of the Mekong are mystically filled with Buddha statues, ranging in size from the palm of your hand to your actual height. End the day as you embark on a fabulous river cruise aboard the Nava Mekong riverboat with a gourmet Lao dinner served onboard.
For early risers, observe or join the local residents along the streets to offer alms to the monks. This is the perfect opportunity to see one of Luang Prabang’s highlights, long lines of orange robed monks during their early morning ritual.
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