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  • Luang Prabang

    • Located: Northern Laos (Northern Provinces)
    • Total area: 16,875 square kilometers
    • Population: 447,541
    • Capital of the province: Luang Prabang
    • 12 Districts: Luang Prabang, Xieng Ngeun, Nan, Pak Ou, Nambak, Ngoi, Pakxeng, Phonxay, Chomphet, Viengkham, Phounkhone & Phonthong

    At one time, Luang Prabang was the capital of the first kingdom of Laos, and was named Xieng Dong Xieng Thong, or the City of Gold for its splendor. Several centuries later, the capital was moved to Vientiane, and the kingdom was split by infighting, weakness, and foreign invasions. Faced with instability and uncertainty, the rulers of Luang Prabang accepted help from French, who in turn absorbed the city into their fledgling colony, and left their mark in the form of colonial buildings and structures. After Laos was opened to tourism in 1989, the city experienced a spate of restoration and renovation; in addition, it became a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    Wat Xieng Thong
    Visit Wat Xieng Thong, a Buddhist monastery considered to be the most outstanding in all of Luang Prabang, featuring a classic sim (ordination hall) and meticulous design. Visit the private chambers of one of the top monks and have tea and snacks with him, and chat with him about his life and his beliefs.

    Royal Palace Museum
    See the Royal Palace Museum, originally built during the French colonial period as a residence for King Sisavang. This fascinating museum features the original royal chambers, paintings depicting traditional Lao life, a throne room, and four of the old royal cars – including an Edsel.

    Night Market
    Enjoy a post-prandial stroll through Luang Prabang’s Hmong Night Market, where various hill tribe people sell their textiles and other handmade creations every evening.

    Morning Alms
    Take part in the age-old tradition of making rounds for alms. Awake at sunrise, and meet a procession of monks as they make their way to homes and shops to receive their daily rice, an event of great merit for all Lao people.

    Pak Ou Caves
    Board a small boat and cruise up the Mekong River to visit the Pak Ou Caves, famed because they are filled with roughly 10,000 small Buddha statues. When an image of Buddha cracks or is damaged, it is bad luck to keep it around, but it cannot be destroyed. For hundreds of years, old Buddhas in Laos have been retired to these caves.

    Wat Phou Si
    Climb the steep winding stone stairs to the golden Buddhas at Wat Phou Si, which sits on a hilltop at the highest point above Luang Prabang. The views over the city and the Mekong River valley are terrific at sunset.

    Village Visit
    Visit a traditional Lao house in a nearby village to participate in a hands-on lesson in religious floral arrangement. A local senior village member will introduce you to the spiritual principles involved in creating bouquets for Luang Prabang’s temples, ultimately helping you create a Buddhist offering for a nearby monastery. He will then bring you to the temple and guide you through the ritual of the floral offering.

    Baci Dinner
    Join a local family for a traditional Baci ceremonial dinner. The Baci is used to celebrate a special event, such as a marriage, a homecoming, a birth, or one of Laos’s annual festivals, and combines a blessing in the local folk religion with a festive meal. You’ll be served typical Laotian food, a spicy melange of Thai, Vietnamese and Chinese cuisines, served with sticky rice and the ubiquitous local chili paste.

    Traditional Arts and Ethnology Center
    Visit the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Center (TAEC), an independent, non-profit museum dedicated to the ethnic cultures in Laos. The museum displays and sells a number of local handicrafts, and the center as a whole is also involved in research, preservation and documentation of cultural artefacts, outreach and education, and livelihood development.

    Luang Prabang Elephant Camp
    Visit the Luang Prabang Elephant Camp, situated approximately 45 to 60 minutes outside the city, and go elephant riding (one person plus a professional mahout, or elephant handler, atop each animal). This opportunity is not only a fun ride, but also the opportunity to learn about recent elephant conservation and rehabilitation efforts in Laos.

    Pandaw Laos Mekong Cruise Downstream

    Pandaw Laos Mekong Cruise Downstream

    11
    Days
    Vientiane → Sanakham → Pak Lai → Park Bor Village → Mouang Khai Village → Luang Prabang Province → Oudomxay Province → Pak Beng → Chiang Khong → Laos Cruise
    Enjoy the adventure of an epic overland trip to Laos. Start from China, this "Pandaw Laos Mekong Cruise Downstream" trip passes through the lands between Kunming and Luang Prabang. Discover stunning landscapes that very few travelers get to see, from remote villages with colourfully-costumed...
    Pandaw Laos Mekong Cruise Upstream

    Pandaw Laos Mekong Cruise Upstream

    11
    Days
    Vientiane → Sanakham → Pak Lai → Park Bor Village → Mouang Khai Village → Luang Prabang Province → Oudomxay Province → Pak Beng → Chiang Khong → Laos Cruise
    Enjoy the adventure of an epic overland trip to Laos. Start from China, this trip passes through the lands between Kunming and Luang Prabang. Discover stunning landscapes that very few travelers get to see, from remote villages with colourfully-costumed residents to nature reserves brimming...
    Yunnan to Laos Overland (13D12N)

    Yunnan to Laos Overland (13D12N)

    13
    Days
    Kunming → Shilin → Jinghong → Xishuangbanna → Mengla → Luang Namtha → oudomxay → Nong Khiaw → Luang Prabang → Ock Pop Tok
    Enjoy our "Yunnan Laos Overland" adventure tour of an epic overland trip to Laos. Start from China, this trip passes through the lands between Kunming and Luang Prabang. Discover stunning landscapes that very few travelers get to see, from remote villages with colourfully-costumed residents...
    Wildlife of Laos (8D7N)

    Wildlife of Laos (8D7N)

    8
    Days
    Vieng Xai → Xam Neua → Houaphanh → Nam Nern Night Safari → Nong Khiaw → Luang Prabang → Kuangsi Falls
    Embrace the road and discover the wildlife of Laos. Travel from the far northeast historic places through rugged jungle and small riverside enchanting towns to Luang Prabang. Understand about the ‘secret war’ while exploring caves near the Vietnam border, be amazed by wildlife on...
    Honeymoon Tour Luang Prabang (5D4N)

    Honeymoon Tour Luang Prabang (5D4N)

    5
    Days
    Luang Prabang → Pak Ou Caves → Ock Pop Tok → Kuangsi Falls
    Luang Prabang with its timeless charm and tranquil atmosphere is the ideal and unique place for a romantic vacation. This 5-day retreat is designed for you to explore hidden corners of the city, discover natural wonders and meeting friendly locals. We share with you...
    Bangkok to Laos (10D9N)

    Bangkok to Laos (10D9N)

    10
    Days
    Bangkok → Ayutthaya Historical Complex → Luang Prabang → Vientiane Capital → Pakse → Cruises → 4000 Islands → Don Khong
    Recently voted as the one of the most favourite destinations in the world by the New York Times, Laos, or more accurately Luang Prabang, has finally managed its way onto many must-visit lists.   Although the tranquil town of Luang Prabang with its temples, golden chedis...
    Laos In Style (6D5N)

    Laos In Style (6D5N)

    6
    Days
    Luang Prabang → Pak Ou Caves → Ock Pop Tok → Vientiane Capital
    Discover the unique charm and beauty of Laos in this journey through the kingdom formerly known as Lang Xang, the Land of Million Elephants. Relaxing in some of Indochina's most elegant hotels, you will have the chance to taste the distinctive atmosphere in Luang...
    Along the Heritage Trail (11D10N)

    Along the Heritage Trail (11D10N)

    11
    Days
    Siem Reap → Angkor Complex → Luang Prabang → Pak Ou Caves → Kuangsi Falls → Hanoi → Halong Bay
    Exhilarating visits to Indochina's famed World Heritage sites, luxurious hotels and curated experiences combine for a memorable journey. Discover the legendary sights and cities in which Ayutthaya, Angkor Wat, Luang Prabang and Halong Bay...
    Taste of Luang Prabang (4D3N)

    Taste of Luang Prabang (4D3N)

    4
    Days
    Luang Prabang → Historical Sites → Dinner Cruise → Cooking Class
    This customized foodie journey gives guests’ ample opportunity to sample the best of the city’s culinary offerings at some of its most vaunted restaurants. There’s also scope to learn the basics of Lao food at a fascinating local cookery...
    Adventure Northern Laos (10D9N)

    Adventure Northern Laos (10D9N)

    10
    Days
    Luang Prabang → Luang Namtha → Muang Sing → Nong Khiaw → Houaphanh → Xam Neua - Vieng Xai → Muang Kham → Xieng Khouang → Plain Of Jars
    This 10-day South East Asian odyssey travels from Luang Prabang, on foot, by car, boat and tuk-tuk to the heart of Northern Laos. See the mysterious Plain of Jars and ancient ruins of Xieng Khoang, stunning scenery and the best part is the chance...
    Best Of Laos And Cambodia (7D6N)

    Best Of Laos And Cambodia (7D6N)

    7
    Days
    Siem Reap → Beng Mealea → Angkor Wat → Koh Ker → Luang Prabang → Pak Ou Caves → Kuangsi Falls
    Combine culture with luxury on this 6 night stay in Siem Reap and in Luang Prabang. On this spectacular visit to Indochina, you will explore the culture and history of the countries and learn the legends of the famous temples of Angkor Wat. Get...
    Culture and Beach Tour Indochina (16D15D)

    Culture and Beach Tour Indochina (16D15D)

    16
    Days
    Chiang Mai → Golden Triangle → Pakbeng → Oudomxay → Luang Prabang → Siem Reap → Beng Mealea → Angkor Wat → Phuket
    This 16 day Culture and Beach Tour Indochina takes you through Thailand, Cambodia and Laos where you will witness the history of ancient empires, European colonization and subsequent decolonization. Though Indochina no longer exists, it still brings about an air of cultural mystery. Culture...
    Satri House

    Satri House

    The building was refurbished in 2002 by Mrs. Lamphoune Voravongsa and has been run since as a hotel. During 2008 the hotel has been enlarged with the addition of six more colonial style buildings consisting of 14 Deluxe Rooms, 14 Junior suites and 3 Satri...
    Maison Souvannaphoum Hotel

    Maison Souvannaphoum Hotel

    Sail down the Mekong. Venture into local villages. Watch a traditional loom weave silk. Walk along corridors once belonging to Laos’ four-time Prime Minister Prince Souvanna Phouma and taste the life of a royal in your stately room. Feel the pull of a spiritual...
    Burasari Heritage Resort

    Burasari Heritage Resort

    Located near Nam Khan River, this property is surrounded by various historic attractions, all of which are within a 15-minute walk. To name but a few, there is the Phou Si Buddha’s Relics House, the exquisite temple Hor Pra Bang, and the National Museum...
    Le Sen Boutique Hotel

    Le Sen Boutique Hotel

    Le Sen is a stylish boutique hotel in a secluded location, a fifteen minute stroll from Luang Prabang’s historic centre, yet easily accessible thanks to the hotel’s shuttle service or on one of the hotel’s bicycles. Accommodation is fresh and contemporary in style, housed in...
    Mekong Riverview Hotel

    Mekong Riverview Hotel

    Opened in 2008 and a much-needed addition to the superior hotel options within Luang Prabang at the time, the Mekong River View was an instant hit with Selective Asia’s clients. The property boasts an exceptional location, on the very tip of Luang Prabang’s peninsular, overlooking...
    Apsara Rive Droite Hotel

    Apsara Rive Droite Hotel

    The Apsara Rive Droite is home to just nine delightful rooms, each with their own veranda or terrace looking on to the Nam Khan River, and beyond to the heritage centre of Luang Prabang. Thanks to the resort's constant boat 'transfer on demand' service, you...
    Villa Maly

    Villa Maly

    A Destination unto itself - once the home of Lao royalty, Villa Maly is today an exquisite luxury boutique hotel, ensconced by a profusion of tropical flora. Its rooms evoke the subdued elegance and creative flourishes of yesterday’s aristocrats. Its wonderful situation, in an...
    The Apsara Luang Prabang Hotel

    The Apsara Luang Prabang Hotel

    The Apsara Hotel, overlooking the Nam Khan River, offers a stylish, comfortable and relaxing home-from-home whilst visiting Luang Prabang. Nestled in a peaceful enclave just a few minutes walk from the centre of town, the upper floor rooms have balconies offering stunning views across...
    Villa Maydou

    Villa Maydou

    Set in a pleasant garden on the edge of the old town, the Villa Maydou is a hidden gem consisting of five traditional style Lao houses. Two of the houses are registered under the protection of the UNESCO world heritage programme, having been wonderfully...
    Le Bel Air Boutique Resort

    Le Bel Air Boutique Resort

    Enjoy a striking destination inspired by the extraordinary landscape, melding the offerings of thrilling outdoor recreation and renowned wooden bungalows, big rooms in a renovated building, a big garden with view on the Nam Khan River. As Luang Prabang is the gastronomic capital of Laos...
    Mandala Ou Resort

    Mandala Ou Resort

    Situated along the peaceful Ou River, Mandala Ou Resort welcomes guests with a beautiful outdoor infinity pool and free Wi-Fi access at all areas. Spacious guestrooms are fitted with a private balcony. Cooled with a fan, rooms at Mandala Ou Resort also come with a...
    Zen Namkhan Boutique Resort

    Zen Namkhan Boutique Resort

    Nestled in the countryside just 13 km (20 minutes) from Luang Prabang (declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1995) this intimate resort is a fusion of Zen and Epicurean philosophies: Zen for the search of tranquility, Epicurean for the pleasure of the...