As the ancient capital of Laos until 1975, Luang Prabang holds the most significant attractions you may want to see to experience the best of the country.

Luang Prabang is a laidback town teeming with high-spirited tourism features. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site famed for an exquisite array of French colonial buildings and well-preserved Buddhist temples and monasteries. One of the former royal capital’s best attractions is Mount Phousi, a sacred mountain featuring 300 steps, which will take you to the summit where the temple is and where you can witness a panoramic view of the city. Other top sites you cannot miss are the Pha Tad Ke Botanical Gardens, Kwang Si Falls, and the Buddhist temple Wat Xieng Thong. You also should not leave Luang Prabang without tasting its tasty treats. Head to the Night Market from 5pm-10pm and partake in delicious but affordable street food like spring rolls, fried mushrooms, and grilled meat and seafood.

Luang Prabang International Airport has direct flights to Thailand, Vietnam, and Cambodia. You may also cross the border at Chiang Khong in Thailand to Huay Xai and take a boat through the scenic countryside.

To help with your trip planning, I’ve added links to the locations on Google Maps. Feel free to click/tap on the links posted below. Then, use the “save” feature on the Google Maps app for easy reference. But before you start ticking goals off your bucketlist, here are travel essentials & discounts you’ll need to check. Pre-book online for a hassle-free trip!

Luang Prabang travel essentials

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1. Phousi Hill (Mount Phousi)

Location: Sisavangvong Road, Luang Prabang, Laos. Save on Google Maps.

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2. Royal Palace Museum

Location: 27 Ounheun Rd, ຫຼວງພະບາງ. Save on Google Maps.

3. See the temples

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Luang Prabang Cultural Exploration

Wat MaiLocation: Sisavangvong Road. Save on Google Maps.

Vat PhonxayLocation: Kitsalat Rd. Save on Google Maps.

Wat Xieng MouaneLocation: Xatikhoumman Rd. Save on Google Maps.

Wat Xieng ThongLocation: Khem Khong, ຫຼວງພະບາງ. Save on Google Maps.

4. Explore the riverside district

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5. Mekong River

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6. Luang Prabang market food stalls

Luang Prabang Morning MarketLocation: Save on Google Maps.

Luang Prabang Night MarketLocation: Save on Google Maps.

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7. Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre

Location: Kingkitsarath Rd, Ban Khamyong. Save on Google Maps.

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8. Kwang Si Falls

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9. Pak Ou Caves

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10. Nong Khiaw

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11. Muang Ngoi Neua

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Beyond Luang Prabang

Vang Vieng

Location: Vientiane province, northcentral Laos. Save on Google Maps.

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Location: Central Laos. Save on Google Maps.

Vientiane Travel Essentials

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Paske & Champasak

Location: Champasak province, southern Laos. Save on Google Maps.

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Places to visit in Luang Prabang

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Where to Stay in Luang Prabang

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