The first UNESCO site listed in the country of Laos, Luang Prabang is one of Laos’ most popular travel destinations for a number of good reasons that include beautiful nature, stunning landscapes, unique arm giving ceremony, impressive waterfalls, stunning temples, passionate people, and awesome cuisine. Luang Prabang offers so much to see and do that you should take Laos private tours to explore. Hereunder is an overview of the top beautiful things to see in Luang Prabang:
Kuang Si Waterfall – the city’s most famous summer retreat
Luang Prabang is a city of many amazing waterfalls, but which are the best ones? Nothing can beat the Kuang Si Waterfalls – the biggest and most charming waterfall situated about 30-40 minutes south of the city.
Watching the three tiers of Kuang Si leading to a 50-meter drop into spectacular azure pools before flowing downstream and a staggering series of emerald pools makes it a fascinating scene, and ideal for a photography location. For photographers, it is particularly scenic when you capture the large waterfall cascading down against the dramatic surrounding lush tropical jungle in the background. For those in need of a respite from the city’s bustle and hustle, it is refreshing to dip in the cool blue pool at the bottom.
If you are nature lovers and wildlife explorers, it is amazing to visit a bear conservation center inside the gate, where you can get some information about the abuse that the Asian black bears face. For more adventurous travelers, it is great to hike to the top where you can admire breathtaking views and enjoy some more natural pools. Steep trails require proper footwear and are not for children.
It best experienced in the morning before it becomes too busy, but also fascinating when people have fun jumping in and out of the emerald water – regard it as a people-watching spot.
The Kuang Si falls, with something for everyone, are widely considered some of the most spectacular in Laos and thus, included in all Laos private tours’ itineraries.
Wat Xiang Thong – Golden City Temple
Beautifully decorated and elaborately adorned with a long and rich history attached to it, Wat Xieng Thong is Luang Prabang’s main temple and typical for the city’s architecture style. No one leaves Wat Xieng Thong without being impressed by its low sweeping double-tiered roof and its rich interior and exterior decoration. A great way to see the Golden City Temple and learn about Laos’ culture is to witness hundreds of local monks process every morning for the Alms Giving Ceremony from there and observe the unique collecting of the alms. To know more about this deeply moving and beautiful religious tradition, having an informative commentary from a knowledgeable guide is not a bad idea.
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Mount Phou Si – Luang Prabang’s sacred mountain
If you want to see the 360-degree outlook over of the city, then you must come to Mount Phou Si. It is a hill in the center of Luang Prabang, with the height of around 492 feet, cutting a distinctive figure on the Luang Prabang skyline. What Mount Phou Si gains its reputation for is its never-ending stairs leading to its top. It really takes a while to climb the more than 300 steps to the summit, but the result is breathtaking! From the summit, you will enjoy one of the most spectacular views of the Nam Khan River and Mekong River snaking by as well as the whole city.
It is one of the best spots in the country for a dusk and dawn trip — the sun reflecting off an old temple, Buddha’s giant footprint, and golden stupa and the sky changes into all sorts of colors becoming something magical. It is the side of Luang Prabang tour that you will love most.
Luang Prabang Night Market – where to go for Luang Prabang’s vibrant nightlife
Skip the daytime crowds at the Vatican and wait until after hours to take in Luang Prabang’s vibrant nightlife at its night market which is open from 5 pm until around 10 pm every night of the week.
A visit to Luang Prabang night market never disappoints the avid shoppers and food junkies! There, you can find a huge range of clothes, household goods, and souvenirs such as T-shirts, handicrafts like textiles, trinkets, and paintings, as well as tea and coffee but its main attraction is the mouthwatering yet reasonable street food like glutinous sticky rice served in bamboo baskets with spicy jeow, spring rolls and baked goods, and fried mushrooms and seaweed, and local drinks such as Lao Lao whiskey and Beer Lao.
Its diverse landscape, architectural treasures, historic sites, and fabulous food make Luang Prabang a feast for the soul, offering something for everyone. How can your Laos private tours be perfect without a visit to its UNESCO World Heritage portion?
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