Explore Luang Prabang Heritage Site : The Ancient Capital of Laos

Laos former capital, Luang Prabang (ຫລວງພຣະບາງ) was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1995. Let’s dive into the traditional, architectural and historical town through Luang Prabang Travel Guide. The beauty of the old city, rich in culture as it appeared in temples delicate design. Early bird can enjoy making merit at the temple, jump into the waterfall at Kuang Si or climb up Phou Si hill to admire the last ray of sunlight and enjoy cityscape view of Luang Prabang


Luang Prabang Travel Guide & Things To Do

1. Kuang Si Waterfall

The unmissable destination in Luang Prabang travel guide, I would go further – if you visited Laos. Kuang Si waterfall (ນ້ຳຕົກຕາດ ກວາງຊີ) has a natural light milky blue color from the minerals in the water that standout beautifully among other tourist attractions

Kuang Si Waterfall in Luang Prabang Laos


Things To Know About Kuang Si Waterfall

  • You can admire the beauty of the waterfall on the top level
  • Swim available in lower levels
  • Waterfall running all year round (even in dry season)
  • Bear Rescue Centre located at the entrance of the waterfall
  • Food and drinks can buy at the ticket centre and right in front the waterfall entrance
  • Free transfer service from ticket centre to the waterfall (1km away) by Golf cart
  • Butterfly Garden located in the middle ; you can took the same golf cart, but the entrance fee is separated

Tips: Entrance Fee 20k KIP, Open Daily 08.00-17.30

 

Kuang Si Waterfall in Luang Prabang Laos
Kuang Si Waterfall in Luang Prabang Laos


2. Tat Sae Waterfall

Tat Sae Waterfall (ຕາດແສ້) is one the top tourist attractions in Luang Prabang. The waterfall have a small differences levels to climb. Most people went there for picnic and chill and the restaurants are also available in the area

Tat Sae Waterfall in Luang Prabang Laos


Things To Know About Tat Sae Waterfall

  • In dry season (Oct-Apr) there barely has water in the waterfall, the thing you can do is trekking to the origin of the waterfall
  • It took 30mins drive to the waterfall from Luang Prabang town
  • You need to park the car on the riverside and take long-tail boat to the waterfall
  • It can be hot during the day. Please prepare cap, sun glasses and sunscreen

Tips: Entrance Fee 15k KIP + Boat Service 15k KIP + Parking 5k KIP, Open Daily 08.00-17.00

Tat Sae Waterfall in Luang Prabang Laos
Tat Sae Waterfall in Luang Prabang Laos

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3. Wat Xiengthong

Temple of The Golden City still remained one of the significant monuments in Laos (Temple in Laos and Thai called : wat/vat). Luang Prabang travel guide couldn’t complete without it

The spirit of the religion for Buddhism and Laos people, Wat Xiengthong (ວັດຊຽງທອງ) is rich in history and architectural heritage. The delicate design on red and black walls are decorated completely with gold stencils, the wooden structure is well-maintained that shown authenticity

Satisfaction Rating: 10 out of 10, the temple is really beautiful

Tips: Entrance Fee 20k KIP, Open Daily 08.00-17.00

Wat Xiengthong in Luang Prabang Laos
Wat Xiengthong in Luang Prabang Laos
Wat Xiengthong in Luang Prabang Laos


4. Visit Temples in Luang Prabang

You can explore temples in Luang Prabang by foot as most of them located in the city centre. Admire architectural heritage sites in a well-preserved townscape of Luang Prabang

Favorite Temples in Luang Prabang

  • Wat Xieng Thong (The Golden City Monastery)
  • Wat Sensoukharam (Temple of The 100,000 Treasures)
  • Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham
  • Wat Hor Prabang (The Royal Palace)
  • Wat Aham (Monastery of the Blossoming Heart)
  • Wat Chom Si (Summit of Phou Si Hill)
  • Wat Pa Phon Phao (Temple of Tranquility)
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5. Bamboo Bridge

Bamboo bridge has been one of Luang Prabang iconic spot. The entire bridge made entirely from bamboo and ropes. There are two main bamboo bridges in Luang Prabang to check out

 

Bamboo Bridge in Luang Prabang Laos


The one in front of Dyen Sabai restaurant and a 100m longer bridge to cross from Luang Prabang city center through the Riverview Park to Ban Xieng Lek (the Weaving village) and Ban Xiang Khong (the Paper village)

 

Bamboo Bridge in Luang Prabang Laos
Bamboo Bridge in Luang Prabang Laos


6. Luang Prabang Royal Palace

The Royal Palace of Luang Prabang had been transferred to the museum and open to public. The palace was once served as King Sisavang Vong & his family residence

It’s worth a couple hours of your time to learn about Laos history through exhibitions. However, no photo allowed inside, all of your belonging will need to store in locker room (free of charge)

The traditional dance will be held at National Theatre (next to locker room building) behind King Sisavang Statue, check the schedule beforehand will be helpful

Tips: Entrance Fee 30k KIP, Open Daily 08.00-11.30 & 13.30-16.00

Luang Prabang Royal Palace Laos
Luang Prabang Royal Palace Laos


7. Phou Si Hill

Phou Si Hill (ພະທາດພູສີ) or The Sacred Mountain is located in the heart of Luang Prabang. Climb up on top of the hill in the height of 100m, you will be able to watch both sunrise and sunset. Enjoy remarkable view of Luang Prabang cityscape, Mekong and Nam Khan River

Furthermore, Mt. Phou Si hosts two temples – Wat Chom Si (on top of the hill, has been respected by Laos people for centuries) and Wat Tham Phousi (has a cave with buddha footprint)

Tips: Entrance Fee 20k KIP, Open Daily 08.00-18.00

Phou Si Hill in Luang Prabang Laos
Phou Si Hill in Luang Prabang Laos


8. Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre (TAEC)

The exhibition about artisanal heritage of Laos. Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre showcase clothing and bamboo hand-made products, music instruments of Laos ethnic groups (Kmhmu, Tai Dum, Hmong, Akha)

The workshop how to differentiate handmade and manufacturing clothing especially scarf and bag. It’s fascinating how the creativity of ethic groups used whatever they have available to create clothes, instruments, toys to entertain their people and children

Tips: Entrance Fee 25k KIP, Open Tue-Sun 09.00-18.00

Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre (TAEC) in Luang Prabang Laos
Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre (TAEC) in Luang Prabang Laos


9. Catching Sunset in Luang Prabang

The most popular place to watch sunset is Phou Si Hill or took a sunset cruise along Mekong River. The place can be crowded, so be there early and reserve your best spot

I found a nice and chill restaurant on the way to Kuang Si Waterfall, the place built by bamboo decorated with white curtain located in the rice field facing mountain on the west-side.

We spent my afternoon reading ‘The Wild Sheep Chase by Haruki Murakami’ resting in a triangle pillow, order Laotian spicy salad and Luang Prabang beers, sinking the magical moment when the sun start to disappear behind the mountain

What to eat in Luang Prabang
What to eat in Luang Prabang


What To Eat In Luang Prabang

I have to admit that I enjoy exploring the food in Luang Prabang so much. For every kind that they had to offer from Laotian, Thai, to European.I even picked up the habit of drinking smoothie and beers from Laos trip (you couldn’t effort to miss beer Laos especially the dark one!)

I list some of my favorite below ;

Brunch : Family Bakery & Restaurant

Coffee : LuLaLao Coffee

Laotian : Dyen Sabai Restaurant, Timeless Cafe

Thai : Puck Luck kitchen

EU : Sa Sa Lao, Sena Steak House

What to eat in Luang Prabang
What to eat in Luang Prabang
What to eat in Luang Prabang
What to eat in Luang Prabang


How To Visit Luang Prabang

From Vang Vieng To Luang Prabang

I took a speed train that took around 50mins, first class 189k kip. Traveling in Laos – Laos has many transportation options available from minivan, bus, taxi, train, speed-train (speed-train should be book in advance)

Laos has two International Airports which in Luang Prabang and Vientiane – which made it easy to take a direct flight to arrive in Luang Prabang

Traveling in Luang Prabang

We rented a scooter (that should cost around 200k KIP/day). If you stay in the city centre (like most people do). To visit the temples, restaurants, bars, coffee shops are all within walking-distant. Waterfalls are further away, you need a ride to reach there

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Where To Stay in Luang Prabang

I stayed at Sa Sa Lao. The place was clean, cozy vibes, the staffs are SO helpful and friendly, nature swimming pool is available came with a chill sunbath chair and hammock by the river. Besides that the food there was THE BEST!

Fully recharge and ready to continue the journey on the Luang Prabang travel guide

What to eat in Luang Prabang
What to eat in Luang Prabang

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