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Luang Prabang

Population: 103,000
Province: Luang Prabang

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How to get there: by bus, boat and airplane.
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Luang Prabang is surrounded by green hills and mountians covered by the tropical rain forest. Luang Praban is the third biggest city in Laos, it take the first place in the beauty contest!

It lays on a small land strip between the Mekong river and the Nam Khane river.

On cultural level, it has also much to offer.

The city was formerly the capital of a kingdom with the same name. Until the change of the goverment in 1975, it was the royal capital and seat of government of the Kingdom of Laos. The city is lsited as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1995.
The main part of the city consists of four main roads located on a peninsula between the Nam Khan and Mekong rivers. The city is well known for its numerous Buddhist temples and monasteries. Every morning, hundreds of monks from the various monasteries walk through the streets collecting alms. One of the major landmarks in the city is a large steep hill on which sits Wat Chom Si.
The ancient royal city is home to many old colonial buildings and is strewn with dozens of temples.

The narrow streets, old colonial buildings and Buddhist temples give the city a pleasant atmosphere and many people are therefore instantly charmed by Luang Prabang. Their are almost no modern buildings and no highrise building.

Things to do in Luang Prabang
Luang Prabang has much to offer the visitor, here's a selection of the many attractions in the city.

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Phousi
In the middle of the center of the city lays a large hill called Phousi. Climbing the stairs on this hill is worth. The view from the top is breathtaking and give you a good impression of the most important buildings in the city. If you take the trip if the evening you will expience a breathtaking sunset. To the east you can see Wat Pa Phone. On top of the hill is a Buddhist stupa That Wat Chamsi andother Buddhist structures.


Royal Palace Museum (Royal Palace Museum)

For Lao people the palace is less important, however a golden Buddha statue what is considered the main Buddha statue from Laos. Offically the statue is  still the protector of the country. The statue is 83 centimeters high and the weight is estimated 50 kilograms. The legend it that the statute has been created in the first century AD in Sri Lanka.

The city of Luang Prabang (Luang Pha Bang as it is pronounced by Laotians) has its name from the Buddha called Pha Bang.

The palace is situated in the center and is worth a visit. 


Various temples
Luang Prabang is home of many temples. Wat Xieng Thong is considered by many as the most beautiful, but there are many temples well worth visiting.

 

Wat Xieng Thong

Built during the 16th Century by King Saysetthathirath and completed in 1560. Wat Xieng Thong temple is one of the most interesting exampl es of art and Buddhist architecture. The ornate carved and gilded funeral veh icle of the former kin g is kept in one of the buildings in the temple grounds. It is well worth visiting and paying your respects to this temple while in Luang Prabang. This temple was used to organize the highest Royal Ceremonies and houses the bones of King Sisavangvong. The intricate golden facades, colorful murals, glass mosaics and unique three-layered roof make this one of the most beautiful temples in Asia.    This temple is not only the most beautiful in Luang Prabang, but arguably one of the most spectacular in the entire country. It is a classic example of Luang Prabang style during the golden year of the Lane Xang kingdom and is noted for its gratefully sloping roof and glass murals.


Tat Sae waterfalls
Located 15 kms southeast of Luang Prabang, the falls can easily be reached by taxi. The picturesque journey allows visitors to admire the countryside, while the falls themselves are small but impressive. It is not unusual for visitors to have the falls to themselves. Swimming is possible in some of the tiered pools and at the base of the falls. The best time to visit is from June to October and other month you also can do some activities such: picnic, elephant riding , trekking and etc, for more detail of the trip you can go to local tour company/agencies there are available to service you in town.

Kuang Si Waterfall

 


Kuang Si Waterfall
Situated 25 kms south of Luang Prabang, Kuang Si Waterfall makes for an excellent daytrip. Accessible by Tuk –Tuk, minivan, Motorcycle or bicycle. The 650 feet high waterfall is at its most picturesque during the wet season however it can be visited year-round. Children are not recommended to climb to the top of the waterfall, but they can swim in the various pools at the bottom. Walkways and there are many small restaurant available to service you and   the Kuang si waterfall area is good for a picnic. On the road out to Kuang Si Waterfall, there are a number of villages housing traditional hydro-rice mills.

 

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Evening (Night Market)
Every night you can visit in the center of Luang Prabang the night market. Nowadays the market is mainly visited by tourists. You can walk around and see if you find something for yourself or for your family and friends. Near the market you can eat and drink at the various street food stalls. You can eat and drink at very reasonable prices and enjoy the activities on the market and the surrounding area.

Pak-Ou-Caves

 
Pak Ou Caves
The Pak Ou caves are 35 km north of the town on the Mekong River and are accessible by boat or land.

Enjoy the trip on the river and expiernce the life next to the river and visit a local village.

The caves has thousands of Buddha statues of all sizes, Laotians from all around have put them there over the years. It is a popular attraction. There are two caves, the first cave is easy to visit and is located near the entrance of the complex, and the other is accessible after a steep climb on a long staircase. The upper cave is definitely worth a visit.

 

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