Luang Prabang attractions

Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Luang Prabang

Wat Xieng Thong

Luang Prabang's best-known monastery is centred on a 1560 sǐm (ordination hall). Its roofs sweep low to the ground and there's a stunning 'tree of life' mosaic set on its western exterior wall. Close by are several …
Top Choice Hill in Luang Prabang

Phu Si

Dominating the old city centre and a favourite with sunset junkies, the 100m-tall Phu Si (prepare your legs for a steep 329-step ascent) is crowned by a 24m gilded stupa called That Chomsi. Viewed from a distance, e…
Top Choice Museum in Luang Prabang

UXO Laos Information Centre

The sobering UXO Laos Information Centre helps you get a grip on the devastation Laos suffered in the Second Indochina War and how nearly 40 years later death or injury from unexploded ordnance (UXO) remains an ever…
Park in Luang Prabang

Green Jungle Park

Thirty-two kilometres south of the city, this slice of natural paradise reclaimed from a rubbish dump uses the forest and a stunning cascade as its backdrop for a spectacular cat's cradle of ziplines (900m), monkey …
Buddhist Temple in Luang Prabang

Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham

Wat Mai is one of the city's most sumptuous monasteries, its wooden sǐm (ordination hall) sporting a five-tiered roof in archetypal Luang Prabang style, while the unusually roofed front verandah features detailed go…
Museum in Luang Prabang

Royal Palace

Evoking traditional Lao and French beaux-arts styles, the former Royal Palace was built in 1904 and was home to King Sisavang Vong (r 1905–59), whose statue stands outside. Within are tasteful, decidedly sober resid…
Museum in Luang Prabang

TAEC

Visiting this professionally presented three-room museum is a must to learn about northern Laos' various hill-tribe cultures, especially if planning a trek. There's just enough to inform without overloading a beginn…
Buddhist Temple in Luang Prabang

Wat Xieng Mouane

In the old quarter, Wat Xieng Mouane's ceiling is painted with gold naga (river serpents) and the elaborate háang thíen (candle rail) has naga at either end. With backing from Unesco and Greece, the monks' quarters …
Gardens in Luang Prabang

Pha Tad Ke Botanical Garden

As relaxing as a trip to the spa, this newly opened botanical garden (the first in Laos) is a serene spot to read, take a stroll or perfect some yoga poses. The entry price, though steep, includes an orchid talk (11…
Arts Centre in Luang Prabang

Ock Pop Tok Living Crafts Centre

Set serenely close to the Mekong, this beautiful, traditionally styled workshop, where weavers, spinners and batik makers produce top-quality fabrics, offers free tours every half-hour. There's also a great riversid…