Quaint Luang Prabang awaits: its waterfalls, temples, culture, and more!

The north central Lao city of Luang Prabang features an intriguing mix of traditional Lao architecture and European aesthetic, earning it a place on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Explore the city to experience the beautifully preserved 19th and 20th-century architecture or discover natural attractions just outside the town.

Although it may require an early start to your day, you will not regret walking to Sakkaline Road at dawn. Every morning, the city’s monks walk along the road and collect alms of rice from kneeling locals and tourists alike. It is a privilege to take part in this peaceful and reverent tradition.

For a truly opulent trip back in time, visit Haw Kham. This royal palace was built in 1904 during the French colonial era. Explore the manicured grounds and outbuildings. You can tour the State Rooms and the residential quarter. The palace’s Throne Room holds the Crown Jewels of Laos. Another wing hosts traveling exhibits and art installations. Wat Xieng Thong, the Temple of the Golden City, is not to be missed. This Buddhist temple, located on the city’s northern peninsula, is comprised of over 20 structures and lush gardens. The gold-embossed outer wall of the main temple is an exquisite sight to behold.

The natural beauty of Kuang Si Falls might just take your breath away. Water cascades down this magnificent three-tier waterfall into a series of small turquoise pools. Most of the pools are open for swimming.

Take a short trip outside the city to Pak Ou Caves. The two craggy caves overlook the Mekong River. Examine the hundreds of miniature Buddha sculptures that have been laid out on rows of shelves lining the caves’ walls.

There are several ways to get into Luang Prabang . The airport, located just north of the city, has regular flights to several other destinations in Asia. You can also reach most major cities in Laos by boat or bus.

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Waterfalls, Temples and Cafes

Top Hotels in Luang Prabang

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Maison Dalabua
4 out of 5
Oupalath Khamboua Road, Ban That, Luang Prabang, Luang Prabang
$46/night
Aug 23 - Aug 24
4.6/5Exceptional! (314 reviews)

Situated in Luang Prabang, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Pha Tad Ke Botanical Garden and Morning Market. Night Market is 0.6 mi (1 km) away.

4.6/5Exceptional! (314 reviews)

"Stunning property. Can't fault it. Spacious colonial style room, good breakfast with nice home made breads and cakes. The lilly ponds are peaceful and lovely. Will stay here again if we ever go back"…"

Reviewed on Aug 16, 2019

Maison Dalabua
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Pullman Luang Prabang
5 out of 5
Ban Pong Wanh, Luang Prabang, Louangphabang
$77/night
Sep 16 - Sep 17
4.6/5Exceptional! (45 reviews)

This family-friendly Luang Prabang hotel is located near the airport, within 3 mi (5 km) of Pha Tad Ke Botanical Garden, Morning Market and Night Market. Wat ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (45 reviews)

"View and atmosphere were so nice. Service and staff were great. What to improve is cleanliness of swimming pool and breakfast taste."…"

Reviewed on May 16, 2019

Pullman Luang Prabang
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Sofitel Luang Prabang
5 out of 5
Manomai St, Ban Mano, Luang Prabang
$160/night
Sep 6 - Sep 7
4.7/5Exceptional! (88 reviews)

This family-friendly Luang Prabang hotel is located near the airport, within 1 mi (2 km) of Morning Market, Royal Palace Museum, and Mount Phu Si. Night Market ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (88 reviews)

"There is very little I can say that was not fantastic about this property. Wonderful staff, great food, beautiful gardens, private pool, amazing room, very comfortable bed, etc, etc. They give you free access to bikes to cruise the town. They provide bottled water, mosquito spray, and anything else ..."…"

Reviewed on Jul 1, 2019

Sofitel Luang Prabang

Popular things to do in Luang Prabang

Night Market
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Night Market

4.5/5 (91 Ratings)

You can search for that perfect souvenir with a trip to Night Market, a favorite shopping spot in Luang Prabang. Stroll along the riverfront in this culturally-rich area, or seek out the biking trails.

Mount Phu Si
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Mount Phu Si

4.5/5 (43 Ratings)

Explore the lovely green spaces of Mount Phu Si and enjoy the biking trails in Luang Prabang. Amble around this culturally-rich area's riverfront, or seek out the local tours.

Wat Xieng Thong
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Wat Xieng Thong

4.5/5 (35 Ratings)

Enjoy a stop at Wat Xieng Thong, a landmark worth seeing in Luang Prabang. Stroll along the riverfront in this culturally-rich area, or seek out the biking trails.

Top activities in Luang Prabang

Handbag Workshop from Recycled Materials at Luang Prabang
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Handbag Workshop from Recycled Materials at Luang Prabang

$18

Create a fashionable bag from recyclable materials, practicing sewing skills with a seamstress to produce a waterproof design featuring your own personal touches. Decide how you want your bag to look, avoiding the mass-manufactured product that everyone else has.

Full-day Pha Theung Jungle Explorer from Luang Prabang
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Full-day Pha Theung Jungle Explorer from Luang Prabang

$90

This Pha Theung Jungle Explorer Tour gives you a chance to discover not only the breathtaking landscapes of both of the Nam Ou and mighty Mekong rivers together with their surrounding areas but also a visit to the famous and holy Pak Ou Caves.

Private Full-Day Kuang Si Falls Excursion
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Private Full-Day Kuang Si Falls Excursion

$58

Enjoy a private, guided tour to see the breathtaking Kuang Si Falls and the tiered pools of turquoise water that surround the levels of falls. Take a dip in the water, then explore neighboring villages where you can watch the production of fluffy white cotton and rare Sa paper.

Private Full-Day Kuang Si Falls Tour with Ethnic Villages & Market Visit
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Private Full-Day Kuang Si Falls Tour with Ethnic Villages & Market Visit

$52

Cool off in the misty waters of Kuang Si Falls, pop between rural villages to get a look at a more traditional way of life, and browse handicrafts at a local market on this private excursion. With an experienced local guide, check out a market at Phosi and watch the sunset at a stunning stupa.

Kuang Si Waterfall Half-day Tour
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Kuang Si Waterfall Half-day Tour

$92

This half day tour offers you a chance to visit the beautiful Kuang Si Waterfall which is an ideal place to relax with cool water and a lovely natural landscape. In addition, joining this tour, you will visit some traditional village and learn about the daily life and activities of the locals.

Laos Buffalo Dairy Experience & Kuang Si Waterfalls Half Day Tour!
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Laos Buffalo Dairy Experience & Kuang Si Waterfalls Half Day Tour!

$44

We start at 9 am/1:30 pm and you will spend one morning to experience and learn about a nonprofit organization named Laos Buffalo Dairy, The tour you will take which will give you chance including Buffalo ice cream, coffee and a choice of one of 3 cakes, which were all made from the produce on the farm, buffalo milk, eggs from the chickens.