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Top Choice Bar in Luang Prabang

Icon Klub

Imagine a place in the afterlife where writers meet and conversation is as free flowing as the fabulous mixology cocktails. You pull up a pew next to Jack Kerouac, and Anaïs Nin is reading in a cosy chair nearby… Ic…
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

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…
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 Market in Luang Prabang

Handicraft Night Market

Every evening this tourist-oriented but highly appealing market assembles along Th Sisavangvong and is deservedly one of Luang Prabang’s biggest tourist lures. Low-lit, quiet and devoid of hard selling, it has myria…
Top Choice Bakery in Luang Prabang

Le Banneton

It's the softness of the melt-in-your-mouth pastry that keeps us coming back to our favourite bakery in Luang Prabang, which serves pain au chocolat (chocolate croissants), pizza, terrine, baguette sandwiches, salad…
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…
Top Choice Laotian in Luang Prabang

Tamarind

On the banks of the Nam Khan, mint-green Tamarind has created its very own strain of 'Mod Lao' cuisine. The à la carte menu boasts delicious sampling platters with bamboo dip, stuffed lemongrass and meuyang (DIY par…
Top Choice Art in Luang Prabang

Big Tree Gallery

Photographer and film-maker Adri Berger's compositions of rural Laos capture that honeyed afternoon light like no one else. His ochre-walled gallery-cum-restaurant is in a breezy wooden house with a delightful palm-…
Top Choice Clothing in Luang Prabang

Queen Design Lao

This stylish Aussie-run boutique has a choice selection of hand-woven linen, silk and cotton dresses, chemises, skirts, and beach shawls made by Chris Boyle, a renowned designer in Oz. Most are one-off pieces. As we…