Luang Prabang Back to Laos

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A designated UNESCO World Heritage site, Luang Prabang is the former royal capital of Laos and abounds with cultural sites, including some thirty wats or temples.

Cheat Sheet

  • Sleep…at La Résidence Phou Vao for an incredible garden setting
  • Experience…authentic Laotian cuisine at Coconut Garden
  • Splurge…on a boat excursion up the Mekong using the Amantaka’s private boat
  • Eat…at Tamarind, which also hosts one of the town’s best cooking schools
  • Savor…delicious croissants and pain aux chocolat at Le Banneton
  • VisitElephant Village, a camp for rescued elephants
  • See…the extraordinary temples of Luang Prabang
  • Shop…for authentic crafts for the home and at the Night Market
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Lay of the Land

Located in north central Laos, Luang Prabang is framed by the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers. The city is presided over by Phou Si, a steep hill that can be climbed for the best views (Wat Chomsi, a small Buddhist temple sits on top). Luang Prabang, a Unesco World Heritage site since 1995, is renowned for its many (working) Buddhist monasteries and temples, which are folded into the town’s streets and alleys. The main thoroughfares are Sisavanvung (along which runs the famous Night Market), Sakkaline, where you can find such cafés as Ban Vat Sene and 3 Nagas, Soulignavongsa, which runs along the Mekong and Kinkitsalat, which runs along the Nam Khan river.

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