Things to do in Luang Prabang
Luang Prabang attracts travelers who are looking for culture without big city crowds. Just walk through the town center and soak up of the scenery of the French colonial mansions and Francophile cafes situated next to bejeweled Buddhist temples and traditional terracotta roofs. Here are some of the other prime things to do in Luang Prabang:
Nature Walks (and Swims). Take a short hike through the lush Lao forests to reach Kuang Si Falls and take a refreshing dip in the crystal-blue waters under the waterfalls. Or, visit the Asiatic Black Bear sanctuary, which rehabilitates bears illegally taken from the wild.
Take A Reflective Sunset Stroll. If you're wondering what to do in Luang Prabang for sunset, climb your way to the top of Phousi Hill for a spectacular sunset view. Along the way, you can stop at the Buddhist temples Wat Chom Si and Wat Tham Phou Si.
Make an Offering. To participate in one of the most sacred things to do in Luang Prabang, you'll need to wake up at sunrise. But it's worth it, to see the daily tradition of monks in saffron-colored robed accepting food offerings (typically, rice) from the town's residents. Don't feel shy about making an offering yourself—townspeople will gladly offer you a seat next to them.
High above the water, along steep steps cut into the pocked limestone cliffs, there are caves in which for centuries the faithful have placed Buddha statues of all sorts and sizes.
The palace itself is a cruciform building that was constructed in 1904 for a francophone king who fathered 50 children and that is perhaps most famous for containing the gold Khmer Buddha that lends the city its name.
One of the city’s oldest temples, dating back to 1729, with a dramatic three-tiered roof.
Temple dating back to the 16th century, set in a garden on the bank of the Mekong River. Located at the end of Souvannakhamphong Rd.
A wonderful textile boutique; owners Joanna Smith and Veomanee Duangdala will ship purchases to the U.S. Pick up the handwoven, natural-dyed textiles—especially the exquisite jewel-toned silks.
Owner Sandra Yuck sells high-quality silk brocades and Western-inspired tableware made from Laotian woods.
Work by the area’s most notable silversmith, Phothisack Rattanakone, can be found here.