What to do and see in Luang Prabang, Luang Prabang Province: The Best Places and Tips

This UNESCO World Heritage Site is the former capital of Laos, and you'll see everything from golden-roofed temples to vestiges of colonial French architecture here. Buddhist monasteries abound in Luang Prabang, and early every morning, monks process through the streets collecting alms (their food for the day). If you want to watch or participate, though, ask your hotel for a brief etiquette lesson first—you have to distribute the food in a specific manner.

1. Kuang Si Falls

Luang Prabang 06000, Laos Nature & Parks, Waterfalls
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4.5 based on 10239 reviews

Kuang Si Falls

Reviewed By flashbackermark - Warsash, United KingdomWarsash, United Kingdom

Simply Outstanding!

The truly beautiful Kuang Si Waterfalls our absolutely stunning!If you are ever in Luang Prabang you definitely have to check out these beautiful falls.My favourite waterfalls in Asia.There are beautiful little waterfalls that flow from the main one our i

2. Golden City Temple (Wat Xieng Thong)

Luang Prabang, Laos Sights & Landmarks, Architectural Buildings, Sacred & Religious Sites
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4.5 based on 2127 reviews

Golden City Temple (Wat Xieng Thong)

Laos' most enchanting temple was built in 1560.

Reviewed By 48lisas48

Beautiful interior & exterior

This temple site located along the Mekong River is very beautiful. The outside of the buildings are so colorful with the ceramic tile designs. Gorgeous, hard to believe they are all original. Inside where all the Buddha’s are, made out of lots of differen

3. Mount Phousi

Sackarin road, Luangprabang, Luang Prabang 0600, Laos Nature & Parks, Mountains
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4 based on 3848 reviews

Mount Phousi

Reviewed By Florian254 - NorddeutschlandNorddeutschland

Nice view but nothing much else

No matter from where you start it is s steep climb and if you start from behind it has some interesting little temples on the way. On the top there is nothing in itself interesting to see. It of course offers a very good view of the surrounding area, so t

4. Luang Prabang Night Market

Sisavangvong Rd, Alley Behind Lao National Tourism Office, Luang Prabang 0600, Laos Shopping, Flea & Street Markets
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4 based on 3152 reviews

Luang Prabang Night Market

Reviewed By Pob-Bob - Leeds, United KingdomLeeds, United Kingdom

More interesting than many others in S.E.Asia

This was a Night Market that sold more interesting items, though there was repetition from some stalls. Not just the usual tourist tat and knock-offs though, and a nicer, more secure atmosphere than some we have visited. On every night - they start settin

5. The Living Land Company

Khuangsi Water Fall Road | Ban Phong Van Village, Luang Prabang 0600, Laos Sights & Landmarks, Farms
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5 based on 755 reviews

The Living Land Company

This charming community farm just outside of Luang Prabang overlooks wonderful Rice Fields and Mountains. Rice is planted all year round and they welcome guests who want to learn about Rice planting and other farm activities like bamboo weaving, sugar cane pressing, black smithing. Visitors get to try most of the activities or can just watch. Rodolphe and Susan, the two buffaloes help with the ploughing of the rice paddies and guests can have a go too. The half day programme starts at 08.30 and finishes with a tasting of rice based snacks. The farm is shared by 9 families who also grow organic vegetables and flowers. Lunch is available too and includes a selection of typical Luang Prabang dishes and fruit. Proceeds from the Rice Experience go to supporting over 60 students with their studies and they operate free English classes for the whole village. They have a small Homestay unit made from an old granary. Booking is necessary and pick-up and return by tuk-tuk is included.

Reviewed By MamaT23 - CanadaCanada

You will never look at eating rice the same again

What an experience! I am truly so fortunate that I was able to witness old school farm living in LP, Laos. An opportunity which I will never forget.Den was our fabulous guide on the farm. He made us laugh the entire time - such a great guy!Not only was th

6. Old Quarter Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang 0600, Laos Sights & Landmarks, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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4.5 based on 1415 reviews

Old Quarter Luang Prabang

Reviewed By TravellerMan72 - Oslo, NorwayOslo, Norway

Lovely old town..

The Old Quarter of Luang Prabang is a peninsula surrounded by the Nam Khan and Mekong Rivers, nestled between lush green mountains, home to numerous Buddhist temples with a heavy French influence. The best time to wonder through the city is in the early m

7. Kuang Si Falls Butterfly Park

| 300 meters before entrance to Kuang Si Waterfalls, Luang Prabang, Laos Nature & Parks, Nature & Wildlife Areas
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4.5 based on 934 reviews

Kuang Si Falls Butterfly Park

CLOSED DUE CONSTRUCTION ... OPEN AGAIN 01-07-2019 We maintain the Butterfly Park and add a new garden section

Reviewed By ZBH88 - Stoke-on-Trent, United KingdomStoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom

Beautiful

A beautiful place just a bit further down the hill from the kuang si falls entrance. You need less than an hour unless you stop for lunch at the koi pond near the exit. It's 40000 kip to enter and you get a little walk through map and information guide to

8. UXO Lao Visitors Centre

Phothisan Road | Behind the Chao Anouvoung Monument, Luang Prabang 0600, Laos Traveler Resources, Visitor Centers
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4.5 based on 727 reviews

UXO Lao Visitors Centre

Reviewed By HarveyCapeTown - Cape TownCape Town

Compulsory visit when in Laos

This centre showed me just how vicious the war was in this region. It left me with a lot of anger that the villains are not doing much to clean up all the unexploded ordinance they left behind here and their country flags are just one of many among the ot

9. Alms Giving Ceremony

Th Sisavangvong (main road to town), Luang Prabang 0600, Laos Sights & Landmarks, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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4 based on 4105 reviews

Alms Giving Ceremony

Reviewed By Julielala123la456 - Paris, FranceParis, France

alms giving ceremony luang prabang

It happens at 5.30 in the morning. Monks get out of the temples and go to collect what people offer them. It can rapidly transform into a show with some tourists who don't really respect this moment, unfortunately. The experience was not that pleasant to

10. Pha Tad Ke Botanical Garden

| Ban Wat That, Luang Prabang 06000, Laos Nature & Parks, Gardens
Excellent
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4.5 based on 262 reviews

Pha Tad Ke Botanical Garden

Pha Tad Ke Botanical Garden offers a peaceful escape from the town that allows you to learn about over 1,500 plant species on a 40 hectare property located 15 minutes down the Mekong River by boat. Learn about biodiversity conservation, sustanable agriculture and ecotourism as you take in free activities, including bamboo handicrafts, a local tea tasting, one hour hike to a cave, a history talk and a talk about orchids given by one of our local experts. If you care about conservation, environmental education or sustainable tourism, then Pha Tad Ke is the perfect half or full day getaway.

Reviewed By Jennifer F - Sydney, AustraliaSydney, Australia

Lovely opportunity to see Laotian countryside

We took the 15 minute boat trip down the Meking to the Pad Te Khe Botanical Gardens. The gardens have been created on land which was once a royal hunting lodge. The development has been in the making for about 20 years but it has only been open to the pub

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