Enchanting Stopovers In Luang Prabang

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Wat Xieng Thong
Wat Xieng Thong

Wat Xieng Thong, Kuang Si waterfalls, caves of Pak Ou, Luang Prabang Night Market, Mount Phou Si, … is one of the many attractive destination not to be missed when you enjoy a Luang Prabang tour.

Luang Prabang is so peaceful from above
Luang Prabang is so peaceful from above

1. Visit the Wat Xieng Thong

Wat Xieng Thong is the most important temple in Luang Prabang, situated at the end of Sakkarin road. It was built in 1560 under King Setthathirat. The main gate of the temple is located on the banks of the Mekong River. On major holidays of the year, Xieng Thong temple becomes extremely bustle, especially at night, because there are thousands of people going to the temple to admire the golden Buddha and attend Buddha bathing ceremony by lotions and perfume.

Note: Entrance fee for foreign tourists is applied from 8 am to 17 pm. Beyond that time frame, visitors can take a tour around the campus of the temple for free and comfortably talk with the monks.

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Wat Xieng Thong
Wat Xieng Thong

2. Swim at Kuang Si waterfall

Located about 25 km from Luang Prabang, the stimulating Kuang Si Falls is a favorite site of most tourists and the locals in Luang Prabang. Surrounded by lush forest, the main waterfall features a 60 metre (200 feet) tall impressive cascade. Many crystal clear natural pools are ideal to escape the heat of summer. Among the fresh air of Kuang Si, visitors could hear the birds singing like a wonderful harmony while enjoying turquoise waters.

Miraculous beauty of Kuang Si Falls
Miraculous beauty of Kuang Si Falls

3. Explore Pak Ou Caves

Pak Ou Caves is located in the north of Luang Prabang, along Mekong River, so everyone can get there both by car or boat. The caves are famous with Buddha sculptures, although they are largely damaged. However, the surrounding scenery is indeed worthy to explore.

Mekong River viewed from Pak Ou caves
Mekong River viewed from Pak Ou caves

4. Go shopping at Luang Prabang Night Market

Open daily from 18h to 23h, Luang Prabang Night Market, stretching from the foot of Mount Phou Si to the end of the main street of the city, is an ideal place to visit if you want to bring back special souvenir. At the night market, guests can enjoy the excellent cuisine of Laos at the food court or buy the colorful brocade scarves, umbrellas or small beautiful paper lanterns…

The colorful souvenirs at night markets
The colorful souvenirs at night markets

Location: Sisavangvong Road, divided into 2 main zones: food and souvenir area.

5. Enjoy the sunset on Mount Phousi

As the highest point in Luang Prabang, Mount Phousi is an ideal place for tourists to enjoy a panoramic view over peaceful and romantic ancient capital on the bank of Mekong river. To conquer the summit of Phousi, visitors have to walk through 329 red-brick terraces without too much difficulty.

Sunset on Mount Phousi
Sunset on Mount Phousi

Location: Next to Sisavangvong Road and opposite the Royal Palace Museum.

6. Visit the Whisky village

The village’s famous specialty is local whiskey and snake wine, insects wine sold in unique bottles. Because it’s located en route to Pak Ou caves, tourists can visit this place before visiting the caves.

A shop selling wines of the village
A shop selling wines of the village