Luang Prabang has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1995. It is the former capital of the LanXang Kingdom, that is, the “Kingdom of A Million Elephants.”
Nowadays, urban and religious architecture maintains the charm of the city particularly well. Local genuine handcrafts such as weaving, silversmith and goldsmith activities are well-renowned.
The city reflects peace and quietness, and is a perfect place to stroll about and explore.
- Morning Almsgiving: the local population gives alms to monks at dawn.
- Wat Xieng Thong: the former royal temple with one of the most stunning examples of architecture in town.
- Wat Visoun: unique because its stupa in a watermelon shape.
- National museum: the former royal palace where you can see a wide range of furniture and artifacts preserved from the time of the royal family. The national museum is also home to the Phra Bang.
- Phousi mountain: offers a 360º panoramic view of Luang Prabang and the Mekong river.
- Waterfalls: Kuang Si and Sae are located about half an hour by car out of town.
- Henri Mouhot’s tomb: one of the first Western explorers that sailed on the Mekong river.