Luang Prabang, Laos: Travel/Tourist Information Guide

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Luang Prabang used to be the capital city of Laos, but now it is a UNESCO World Heritage city. It is located at the confluence of two rivers which surround the whole city and at the bottom of a temple-topped hill. It is the city that stands as a reminder of the time when Laos was part of the French colony. It is probably one of the most charming cities in Southeast Asia with traditional wooden houses and wats with golden roofs. 

Transportation in and around Luang Prabang

There are a couple of options to choose from when deciding how to get in Luang Prabang. The first option is by plane. The airport is just 5m from the city and has flights from Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Jinghong, Pakse, Siem Reap, and Vientiane. You can get a visa when you arrive at the airport. From the airport to the city you can grab a taxi by yourself or you can share it. There are also tuk-tuks that can take you to the city. Another option to get in the city is by road. You can do this from Hanoi, Vang Vieng, and Vientiane. The roads are in a good condition. The last option that you have is by boat. The boats go along the Mekong, and you can get on one from Huay Xai. You will be using a slow boat so the trip will be a little longer. You can also get on a speedboat but keep in mind that these are more dangerous and you need to have the necessary equipment. There is a third option - a "luxury cruise". The trip will take you the same amount of time as would with a slow boat but these boats have better facilities and equipment.

Once is Luang Prabang, since it is a small city, you can get around it on foot or bike. But if you get tired you can also get a tuk-tuk or a jumbo.

Explore Luang Prabang

Even though it is a small city, there are a lot of things that can be seen in it and that is why it is listed at the UNESCO. There are a lot of things that you can visit in the city, and as many of them outside the city. In the city, first of all, you should visit Haw Kham. It used to be a royal palace, but now it is a national museum. In the city, you can also visit the oldest monastery and one of the most beautiful ones - the Wat Xieng Toung. The Vipassana temple and park is a golden temple and shrine where Buddhists practice Vipassana meditation. Outside the city, you should visit the Kuang Si Falls. This is an amazing multi-stage waterfall, accessible by boat or by road. The waterfall has created pools at different levels, all of which are safe to bathe in. There are also a couple of other great waterfalls outside the city that are worth a visit. Another thing that you can visit is the Pal Ou Caves. They are called "Buddha caves" and are pretty famous. These caves are used as a storage for the damaged Buddha statues because for the people there throwing away a Buddha statue is bad luck. You can get to these caves by road or by boat, or you can even hire a canoe to get to them which will allow you to experience the amazing scenery and the caves without cramping with other tourists.