Luang Prabang Vacations

Set among lush green mountains along the banks of the famed Mekong River, Luang Prabang is a one of Southeast Asia's most serene cities. The town is rich in Buddhist history and culture, and tourists like to wake at dawn to watch the procession of monks, wrapped in bright orange robes, pass through the streets begging for alms. Backpackers flock to ... Read more
drink cold Beer Lao as the sun sets over the Mekong, soaking in the stillness in a town from another time. The night market is fun chance to do some shopping and try some edible local favorites. Kuang Si Falls makes a popular day trip out from Luang Prabang.
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Luang Prabang places to stay and top hotels

  • 3 Nagas Hotel
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Luang Prabang things to do and experiences

  • Kuang Si Falls
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San Francisco, California, USA
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This is one of my favorite places in all of Asia. I keep feeling drawn back to its slow-paced streets, afternoons by the river, calming temples, and bustling night market. You can feel both the unique Lao culture and the French influence, and it's a charming town that beckons us to slow down and enjoy.

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Singapore, Singapore

I've been to Luang Prabang a few times and it's one of my favorite places in Asia. The UNESCO World Heritage town is a charming place that is still relaxed and undeveloped despite being much more popular than it was a few years ago. Because of the French influence there are some amazing restaurants and relaxed coffee houses where you can sit and watch the world go by eating delicious baguettes. The night market is one of few in Asia where you are not hassled and is great place to buy unique souvenirs and home-wares while taking a relaxing walk. The sunrise alms giving ceremony is definitely worth waking up for (but please be respectful). There are some luxury boutique hotels here as well as backpacker accommodation. I'd recommend 3-4 days here, no more. 2 at a minimum. Then go up river or stay in the countryside which is amazing.

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Seattle, Washington, USA

Luang Prabang is a beautiful town and a UNESCO World Heritage Center. Once a French colony, you notice the influences in the architecture and town layout. Luang Prabang is an excellent destination for those looking to experience a rich culture, vibrant night markets, and a laid back vibe. The nightlife in Luang Prabang is virtually non-existent with almost all bars closing early, and one bowling alley out of town where people drink late.

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Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Luang Prabang was amazing! From hiking up the Kuang Si waterfall, to hanging out at Utopia, to bowling until 3 in the morning with friends.

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Menlo Park, California, USA

One of my favorite towns in the world. Arrive by slow boat down the Mekong from north Thailand and arrive to soak in the serenity. While the town has definitely become a hotspot on the backpacker trail, it maintains a lot of its laid back charm. Wake at sunrise to watch the monks parade through the streets in bright orange robes begging for alms (rice for the day), take a boat up the river to the amazing buddah caves, or just chill out with a cold beer lao to take in the sunset over the mekong.

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Los Angeles

Luang Prabang sits along a set of rivers in Laos inside an extensive mountain range. The city itself is pretty mellow, with only one real street area - but it pops off pretty hard. There's a great food corridor down one of the alleys, you know youre in the right place when you can barely walk forward and it smells insane. The main attraction here is the INCREDIBLE waterfall system. 100% you need to check those out. Laos in general is fantastic, but you HAVE to come to Luang Prabang.

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Foster City, California, USA

Luang Prabang is a charming little ancient city located in Laos where Mekong and Khan Rivers meet. It is known for its many Buddhist temples and its a Unesco world heritage site for its well preserved architecture and cultural heritage.

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Wellington, New Zealand

It goes without saying that Luang Prabang is one of the highlights of visiting Laos - everything you've heard about it is true. Walk around the old city soaking in the gorgeous French architecture, go to the markets, and stop by Wat Xieng Thong. Then get up early one morning and join the locals giving alms to the local monks.

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Sydney, Australia

Luang Prabang is unfairly identified with (and often reduced to) its now far-too-touristy dawn Buddhist almsgiving ceremony, and that's a shame. Because while the sight of monks barefoot and in orange robes begging rice may be an interesting ritual, there's vastly more to Luang Prabang than a one-off ceremony. For starters, the ancient city is gorgeous, with lavishly-restored wooden colonial houses, many converted into excellent guesthouses. More, it's an AMAZING food city, with excellent Lao and SE Asian cuisine, but also outstanding and inventive European fare. It's got an outstanding Hmong market with great fabric-crafts, and a wonderful night food market. The hilltop temples overlooking the city are gorgeous for a sunset, and -- best of all -- the city exudes the laid-back Lao charm and hospitality. One of my favorite places in the world, and not to be missed.

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Athens, Greece

Love Luang Prabang! This town has something magical about it. It is full of colors and the air filled with incense. Great food for less than $2 at the food market, awesome shopping too. Go to one if the elephant camps nearby or trek to some of the minority villages. A really beautiful place!

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