Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang, photo by Nick Hubbard
Luang Prabang (photo by Nick Hubbard)
 

Luang Prabang is located on the Mekong River in north-central Laos, in the heart of a beautiful mountainous region.

It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for is historic city with unusual hybrid architecture. It is described as “an outstanding example of the fusion of traditional architecture and Lao urban structures with those built by the European colonial authorities in the 19th and 20th centuries.”

Luang Prabang is also known for its temple monks making their morning alms rounds, excellent food, and general spiritual atmosphere.

It is a good place to begin or end Mekong River boat tours, and provides access to its own local caves and other outdoor opportunities.

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Overall Atmosphere: Combination
Combination Atmosphere destinations combine elements of both cultural and natural destinations, where this combination is itself essential to the travel experience. Common examples are Archaeological Sites (where culture is usually experienced outdoors), Scenic Local Markets (where indigenous cultures interact outdoors), Hotsprings and Vineyard Areas (where nature provides the raw materials but humans create the surroundings), and Unique Cultural Landscapes (where humans and nature interact in innovative ways, as in the elaborate rice terracing systems of Asia).

Combination Interests typically fall somewhere in the middle of the three types of primary interests in terms of
(a) how climate-dependent they are
(b) how accessible and physically demanding they are.
Featuring both cultural and natural attractions.
 

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Phasith Guesthouse

Set in a traditional Laos-style house, Phasith Guesthouse is a short 2-minute walk from Mount Phou Si. It features rooms with private balconies and the convenience of a tour desk and on-site parking. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the guest... Average score from 10 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$26 - $30

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Global Guesthouse

Liberty Guesthouse is a 3-minute walk to Mano Temple. It offers clean and comfortable rooms with air-conditioning and free Wi-Fi. Shuttle service, laundry and luggage storage can be arranged at the 24-hour front desk. Average score from 4 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$25 - $45

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Central Backpacker Hostel

Conveniently located, Central Backpacker Hostel is a 5-minute walk to Mekong River Front. It provides free Wi-Fi throughout the property. Dara Market is a 5-minute walk from the hotel. It takes 10 minutes to walk to Night Market. Average score from 4 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$7

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The Apsara

The luxurious Apsara is located in Luang Prabang, a 5-minute walk from Wat Xieng Thong Temple. It features a restaurant and elegant non-smoking rooms with modern oriental interiors. Wi-Fi and parking are free. Average score from 11 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$65 - $130

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Hillside - Nature Lifestyle Lodge

Boasting mountain views, The Hillside Resort features cosy accommodation and an outdoor pool. Offering on-site parking, it is a 25-minute drive from Phousi Mountain. The Hillside Resort is within a 25-minute ride from Night Market and city centre. Average score from 4 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$71

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Hotel NameRooms FromGuest Rating
View Khemkhong Guesthouse

View Khemkhong Guesthouse

Featuring free WiFi throughout the property, View Khemkhong Guesthouse offers accommodation in Luang Prabang. Each room includes a flat-screen TV. Certain rooms have a seating area for your convenience. All rooms have a private bathroom. Average score from 5 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$27

$27-
Duang Champa Boutique Hotel

Duang Champa Boutique Hotel

Featuring free WiFi and a restaurant, Duang Champa Boutique Hotel offers accommodation in Luang Prabang, 600 metres from National Museum. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Average score from 6 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$27

$27-
Villa Merry 1

Villa Merry 1

The Villa Merry No. 1 is a family-run guest house located on the banks of the Nam Khan River. Surrounded by galleries, shops and restaurants, it offers free WiFi. Average score from 8 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$27 - $331

$27-
Mekong Charm Guesthouse

Mekong Charm Guesthouse

Conveniently located within walking distance of Luang Prabang's attractions, Mekhong Charm Guesthouse is a 3-minute walk from Xieng Thong Temple. It offers cosy accommodation with en suite bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the residence. Average score from 12 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$27 - $95

$27-
Singharat Guest House

Singharat Guest House

A 5-minute ride from Phusi Mountain, Singharat Guest House offers cosy guest rooms with air conditioning and en suite bathrooms. Guests enjoy bicycle rentals and free Wi-Fi, which is available throughout the residence. Average score from 14 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$27 - $30

$27-
Soutikone 1 Guesthouse

Soutikone 1 Guesthouse

Located in Luang Prabang, Soutikone 1 Guesthouse is just few steps away from Khong River. It features comfortable rooms with balconies and free coffee at the lobby. Free Wi-Fi is also available. Average score from 15 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$27

$27-
Villa Laodeum

Villa Laodeum

Located in the UNESCO World Heritage town of Luang Prabang, Villa Laodeum is just 50 metres from Mekong River and the Night Market. It offers air-conditioned rooms with private bathrooms. Average score from 5 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$28 - $40

$28-
Villa Mahasok hotel

Villa Mahasok hotel

Villa Mahasok hotel is located near many tourist attractions, namely Wat Aphay, Wat Visoun and Night Market which are just a 10-minute walk away. Average score from 6 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$28

$28-
Saynamkhan River View

Saynamkhan River View

Overlooking Nam Khan River, Saynamkhan River View is only a 2-minute walk from the night market and Wat Siphoutabang, which is located at the base of Mount Phousi. Average score from 4 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$29 - $52

$29-
Villa Kingkham Riverside

Villa Kingkham Riverside

Offering free WiFi and a terrace, Villa Kingkham Riverside is located in Luang Prabang, 200 metres from Mount Phousy. Night Market is 300 metres away. Free private parking is available on site. The accommodation is equipped with a TV. Average score from 3 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$30

$30-
Villa Ban Phanluang

Villa Ban Phanluang

Offering a garden, Villa Ban Phanluang is set in Luang Prabang. Mount Phousy is 400 metres away. Free WiFi is offered and free private parking is available on site. There is a private bathroom with a shower in every unit. Average score from 3 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$30

$30-
Luangprabang River Lodge Boutique 1

Luangprabang River Lodge Boutique 1

Luangprabang River Lodge sits along the Mekong Riverside, enjoying quick and easy access to Luang Prabang’s attractions. It offers air-conditioned rooms, a tour desk, and free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel. Average score from 3 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$30 - $80

$30-
Tha Heua Me Guesthouse

Tha Heua Me Guesthouse

Tha Heua Me Guesthouse is located within walking distance from Mekong River. It offers air-conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi. Guests enjoy complimentary coffee in the lobby. Luggage storage is available. Average score from 5 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$30

$30-
Saysamphanh Hotel

Saysamphanh Hotel

A 10-minute drive from Luang Prabang’s historic town centre, Saysamphanh Hotel offers guests free parking. Its affordable rooms offer a TV with cable channels and a laptop safe box. Hotel Saysamphanh is a 5-minute ride from Southern Bus Station. Average score from 7 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$30 - $40

$30-
Pakhongthong Villa, Saynamkhan Wat Nong

Pakhongthong Villa, Saynamkhan Wat Nong

Conveniently located, Pakhongthong Guesthouse is 50 metres to Mekong River Front. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the property. Pakhongthong Guesthouse is a 5-minute stroll to Night Market. Average score from 8 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$30

$30-
Chaluenxay Villa

Chaluenxay Villa

Located in a convenient area of Luang Prabang, Chaluenxay Villa offers accommodation where guests can enjoy Buddhist atmosphere of the neighbourhood. Several beautiful temples and local restaurants are located within a walking distance. Average score from 8 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$30

$30-
Manee Home

Manee Home

Manee Home is a 2-minute walk from Mekhong Riverfront. It offers air-conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi. The property features shuttle service, luggage storage and free public parking in a nearby location. Average score from 8 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$30

$30-

Highlights:

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Cultural
Unusual Local Feature

Morning Alms Ritual

Every morning, hundreds of monks from the various monasteries walk through the streets collecting alms. This process starts at dawn (06:00), and rice is the contents of the alms provided. It is a sacred ritual where visitors best stay in the background.
Historic Landmarks
Luang Prabang is a town, not a city, and the historic area is small and easily walkable. The richness of Luang Prabang architecture reflects the mix of styles and materials. The majority of the buildings are, following tradition, wooden structures. Only the temples are in stone, whereas one- or two-storey brick houses characterize the colonial element of the town. The many of the pagodas, which are among the most sophisticated Buddhist temples in Southeast Asia, are richly decorated (sculptures, engravings, paintings, gilding and furniture pieces).
Temples
Luang Prabang is filled with temples, especially in its historic area. Just wander a few blocks in any direction and they are easy to find. Among these:

Wat Xieng Toung is the oldest monastery in town, and one of the most beautiful. One entrance on the road along Mekong river, the other on the by-lane off the main road.

Vat Xieng Thong, which dates from the 16th century, comprises an ensemble of the most complex structures of all the pagodas of the town.
Also of Interest:
Combination
Boat Tours
Parks, Gardens, Zoos
Natural
Scenic Waterways
Waterfalls
Biking
Caves

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