A designated UNESCO World Heritage site, Luang Prabang is the former royal capital of Laos and abounds with cultural sites, including some thirty temples, called wats.
Perfect forAdventurers | Families | Romantics | Soul Searchers
When to goDecember-February | September-November
Ideal length of stay3-5 Nights
Designing Your Journey
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3 Days: Essential Luang Prabang
While Luang Prabang has some cultural sites to see, it’s a great place for arranging lots of activities, including weaving, rice paper-making, giving alms to the monks and cooking lessons. Here is just one example of what our destination experts can create for you.
Take a morning boat ride up Mekong on a fishtail boat (some of the more luxurious hotels have their own boats) to Pak Ou Caves, then visit some charming villages on the way back and arrange for a rice paper-making workshop with locals. In the evening, attend a Baci welcome ceremony.
Take a guided tour of the temples (Visoun, Xiet Thoung and Wat Mai) and Royal Palace museum. In the afternoon, arrange a weaving lesson at an award-winning textiles store and follow with sunset cocktails. Have dinner al fresco at an Indagare-recommended restaurant in town.
Rise early to witness Tak Bat, where the monks and novices of the 30-plus surrounding temples accept alms (sticky rice) from the locals. The lines of saffron-clad monks making their way through the early-morning calm is humbling and beautiful. Afterwards, attend a cooking class at one of Luang Prabang’s most acclaimed restaurants and learn a typical Laotian dish before relaxing at your hotel for the afternoon.
Where To Stay
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Belmond La Résidence Phou Vao
One of the first hotels to open in Luang Prabang in 1992, La Résidence has been managed by Belmond since 2006 and offers a tranquil, atmospheric retreat tucked away from the center of town.
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In an historic garden estate in the center of Luang Prabang—the northern Laotian town and UNESCO World Heritage site on a peninsula between the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers—Amantaka is housed in French colonial buildings set around a large, central...