Recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO since 1994, this quiet city of Luang Prabang is considered the center of Lao culture.  Nestled in the mountain valley at the confluence of the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers, Luang Prabang offers a great glimpse into the traditional life style and the Buddhist religious practice of the Laotians in the northern region of Laos.

 

The city is growing with an outstanding array of hotels, restaurants and souvenir shops to meet the demands of tourists coming from all over the world, but is still incredibly peaceful and quaint. Once the royal seat of the Lane Xang Kingdom, Luang Prabang blends tradition and contemporary culture while remaining a charming and peaceful little town.  The city has much to offer, with a picturesque landscape of palm-lined riverbanks, ornate ancient monuments and golden temples.

 

You can wonder around the center of Luang Prabang to see the fabulous Buddhist pagodas, such as the gilded Wat Xieng Thong - dating back to the 16th century, or Wat Mai - once the residence of the head of Laotian Buddhism. Or explore the surrounding areas such cotton-silk weaving villages, the Pak Ou caves, and the Kuang Si Waterfall.

 

Start your day attending their daily alms-giving ceremony, venturing north along the Mekong River and passing through impressive karst landscapes to witness hill tribes bathe in the rivers and work in their paddy fields. Cruise the river to the famous Golden Triangle where the borders of Laos, Thailand, and Burma intersect for onward adventures in Southeast Asia. See our packages to Laos covering Luang Prabang below, and allow Incense Travel’s expertise to help you plan your upcoming adventure to this interesting Buddhist destination.