Luang Prabang

Located in the centre of northern Laos where the Nam Khan River meets the Mekong River about 425 kilometers north of Vientiane, Luang Prabang or Louangphrabang pronounced is rich in cultural heritage and is known as the seat of Lao culture, with monasteries, monuments traditional costumes and many types of surrounding nature's beauty.

With a total area of 16,875 square kilometers, Luang Prabang province has a total population of just over 400,000 including 12 distinct ethnic groups. The Khmu are the largest ethnic group (44%) in the province. They are Mon-Khmer speaking people who are famous for their knowledge of the forest and are believed to be the original inhabitants of Laos. Lowland Lao comprise 39% of the population and live mostly in lowland valleys and Luang Prabang town. The Hmong are the next populous ethnic minority with 16%.

A breathtaking nature going alongside the Mekong River makes Luang Prabang have a special charm that combines with its historical status as the country's royal capital to create one of the most intriguing and magical destinations in Asia. Recognized as a World Heritage in 1995, the city is well-known for its numerous Buddhist temples and monasteries. Every morning, hundreds of monks from the different monasteries walk through the streets to collect alms. One of the major landmarks in the city is a large steep hill where there is Wat Chom Si.

Moreover, Luang Prabang is an excellent example of the fusion of traditional architecture and Lao urban structures with those constructed by the European colonial authorities in the 19th and 20th centuries. Its unique, remarkably well-protected townscape illustrates a key stage in the blending of these two distinct cultural traditions.

In 1353 King Fa Ngum reinforced the first Lao Kingdom, Lan Xang (One Million Elephants) on the site of the present-day city. Thus, in spite of shifting empires and political power moving south to Vientiane, Luang Prabang remained the royal heart of the kingdom right through to 1975 when the monarchy was abolished.

It features a tropical monsoon climate with two seasons including one dry and one wet. Tourists can visit Luang Prabang year-round by taking a boat across to the far side to access more temples and forest trails, or journey upstream to the stunning Pak Ou caves.

In a family holiday Vietnam, customers will often request for a side visit to Laos and Vientiane is often a must-see destination.


Luang Prabang Travel Guide

When to visit Luang Prabang Luang Prabang Cuisine Luang Prabang Drinks Theft in Luang Prabang
Get around Luang Prabang Money & Costs in Luang Prabang Elephant Village Sanctuary Mount Phousi
Pak Ou Caves Royal Palace Museum The Kuang Si Waterfall Traditional Arts & Ethnology Centre
Wat Wisunarat (Wat Visoun) Wat Xieng Thong Temple

Top Luang Prabang Tours


Luang Prabang Family TourPrice From : $468

Our tour will visit major highlights of Luang Prabang. It includes a variety of interesting activities offering parents and kids real fun, an enjoyable experience and more knowledge of Lao culture and daily life.

Wat Xieng Thong

Luang Prabang City TourPrice From : $35

Known as a UNESCO World Heritage City, Luang Prabang boasts traditional Lao and colonial architecture with charming results that make exploring and touring the city an absolute delight.

Red CraneTravel - Three elephants cafe cooking tour

For those with time to spare in Luang Prabang, the Three Elephants Café offers a very relaxed full-day cooking class. It will be a great opportunity for you to enjoy and learn how to cook traditional food in Laos.

Red Crane Travel - Tum Tum Cheng Cooking Class

Tum Tum Cheng Cooking ClassPrice From : $51

One of the earliest Lao cooking schools in Luang Prabang, Tum Tum Cheng Restaurant continues to host cooking classes daily. It will be an ideal place for visitors to enjoy and learn to cook the traditional Laos food.

Red Crane Travel - Cooking class at The 3 Nagas Restaurant

If you love Laos food and want to make a special dish, a cooking tour at the 3 Nagas Restaurant will be a great choice. Currently offering various cooking classes, the 3 Nagas Restaurant opens an official cooking school at a nearby riverside location.

Top Luang Prabang Hotels

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  • The 3 Nagas
  • Ban Vat Nong, P.O.Box 722, Luang Prabang
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