Nestled in a mountain valley at the confluence of the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers, Luang Prabang is a UNESCO World Heritage listed-city in northern Laos. The colors may be what you notice first when you arrive in Luang Prabang… the flowers, saffron-clad monks and French colonial-era buildings, but the city is best known for stunning golden wats (temples) and friendly people.

 

While you are in Luang Prabang, visit the Royal Palace Museum to see precious artefacts that belonged to the Lao Royal Family. Also visit the Wat Xieng Thong, which is considered Luang Prabang’s most beautiful temple and is epitomizing the grace of Lao architecture. Take part in the city’s unique baci (welcome) and alms giving ceremonies, cruise the Mekong River and explore the Pak Ou caves filled with thousands of Buddha statues.

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Luang Prabang City Tour

Luang Prabang is famous for its Buddhist temples and laid-back atmosphere. A sightseeing tour in this little charming town unveils its cultural attractions including museums, important temples and the unique blend of French colonial and traditional Lao architecture.

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Baci Welcome Ceremony

Literally translates as “calling of the soul”, the ceremony is held on important occasions related to the human soul such as marriage, birth of a child, recovery from sickness, seeking cure for any type of ill health and to welcome or honor important guests.

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Boat Trip to Pak Ou Caves

Mekong River is the life blood of the Laos, especially for the rural villages along its banks. A boat trip on this famous river up to the Pak Ou Caves is the perfect way to experience the heart of this magical land, and admire the verdant countryside of northern Laos.

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