Luang Prabang

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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 9 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 10 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 11 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 15 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 13 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$71

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Hotel NameRooms FromGuest Rating
Phousi Guesthouse

Phousi Guesthouse

Surrounded by Luang Prabang's major tourist attractions and nearby attractive temples, Phousi Guesthouse features comfortable rooms with en suite bathrooms and an on-site restaurant. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the guesthouse. Average score from 5 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$48 - $60

$48-
Thongbay Guesthouse

Thongbay Guesthouse

Offering a restaurant, Thongbay Guesthouse is located in Luang Prabang. It offers comfortable bungalows with a private balcony. Free WiFi access is available in all areas. Average score from 9 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$48

$48-
Vangsavath Hotel

Vangsavath Hotel

Surrounded by gardens, Vangsavath Hotel is located in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Luang Prabang. It offers a restaurant, free Wi-Fi, and free 2-way shuttle to the night market. Average score from 4 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$50 - $707

$50-
Vansana Luang Prabang Hotel

Vansana Luang Prabang Hotel

Vansana Luang Prabang Hotel is located a 10-minute drive to Phousi Mountain and Luang Prabang Night Market. Luang Prabang International Airport is 20 minutes’ drive away. Boasting an outdoor pool, it offers free Wi-Fi throughout. Average score from 6 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$50

$50-
Chanthavinh Resort & Spa

Chanthavinh Resort & Spa

Situated by the Mekong River, in historic Ban Chan village, Chanthavinh Resort & Spa features scenic views of surrounding greenery. It provides free airport pickup and free Wi-Fi in public areas. Average score from 6 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$50 - $120

$50-
Mittaphap Hotel II

Mittaphap Hotel II

Mittaphap Hotel II is a 3-minute drive to Visoun Temple. It offers comfortable rooms with air-conditioning and free Wi-Fi. Services provided by the hotel include luggage storage, tour desk and airport shuttle. Average score from 8 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$50 - $35

$50-
Rama Hotel

Rama Hotel

Rama Hotel is located in Luang Prabang, within walking distance of the night market and Phousi Mountain. It offers massage services, bicycle rental, and free Wi-Fi in the entire hotel. Rooms at Rama Hotel feature wooden flooring. Average score from 9 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$50 - $70

$50-
Living Land Farm

Living Land Farm

Living Land Farm is located in Luang Prabang, 5 km from Night Market. Some units feature a seating area for your convenience. Some rooms include views of the mountain or garden. There is a shared kitchen at the property. Average score from 13 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$50

$50-
Sok Dee Residence

Sok Dee Residence

Sok Dee Residence enjoys a quiet location just 5 minutes’ walk from Luang Prabang Night Market. Housed in a traditional Lao-style building, it provides bicycle rental and free Wi-Fi. Average score from 14 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$50 - $55

$50-
Mahout Lodge

Mahout Lodge

Mahout Lodge is a 10-minute drive from Luang Prabang Airport. The property offers mahout training courses and free shuttle bus to the city centre, a 15-minute drive away. Free Wi-Fi is available in public areas. Average score from 8 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$52

$52-
Sala Prabang Hotel

Sala Prabang Hotel

A 3-minute drive to Wat Chiang Thong, Sala Prabang Hotel offers stylish accommodation with free WiFi. Other conveniences include 24-hour front desk and free public parking in a location nearby. Average score from 11 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$52 - $105

$52-
Halolao Villa

Halolao Villa

Halolao Villa is a 5-minute walk to Phousi Mountain and night market. It offers non-smoking rooms with free Wi-Fi. A 5-minute drive to Luang Prabang Airport, the property is equipped with a tour desk and rental bicycles. Average score from 11 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$54

$54-
Luangprabang River Lodge 2

Luangprabang River Lodge 2

Luangprabang River Lodge 2 overlooks the Mekong River and offers rooms with free Wi-Fi and 32-inch LCD TVs. The Cross River Ferry is just 200 metres away. Rooms feature wood furniture, traditional Laotian décor and cable TV. Average score from 3 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$55 - $138

$55-
Villa Pumalin

Villa Pumalin

Located in the UNESCO World Heritage town of Luang Prabang, Villa Pumalin offers easy access to landmarks like the Royal Palace Museum. It offers tour arrangements and free in-room Wi-Fi. Average score from 5 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$55

$55-
Villa Nagara

Villa Nagara

Villa Nagara is located next to Nam Khan River in Luang Prabang, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It offers free Wi-Fi, free bicycle rental, and free all-day coffee and tea at the on-site Verandah Restaurant by the Khan river. Average score from 15 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$55 - $120

$55-
Villa Saykham

Villa Saykham

Featuring free WiFi, Villa Saykham offers accommodation in Luang Prabang, 300 metres from National Museum. You will find ticket service at the property. Average score from 3 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$60

$60-
Villa Chitdara

Villa Chitdara

Villa Chitdara is centrally located in Luang Prabang, a 3-minute walk from the Night Market. Free Wi-Fi is provided in the guest rooms, which feature private balconies and wooden furnishings. Average score from 5 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$60 - $55

$60-

Highlighted Interests:

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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.
Other Interests:
Combination
Boat Tours
Parks, Gardens, Zoos
Natural
Scenic Waterways
Waterfalls
Biking
Caves

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