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Best of Luang Prabang, Laos

In Luang Prabang, T+L revels in the winding lanes, ancient Buddhist temples, and buzzing markets.
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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: Multiple days

Overview :  Luang Prabang is a rare place in Asia—a calm and somnolent city, a town of narrow lanes and polychrome temples and worn timber houses ... more »

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Points of Interest

A 15-room boutique hotel, with traditional Lao details (clay tile roofs; teak floors) and an excellent fusion restaurant.

Address:
Sakkaline Rd.
Luang Prabang
Laos

Phone:
856-71-253-888

2. Amantaka Luang Prabang

Built on the grounds of a former French hospital at the edge of town, many of the 24 suites have private plunge pools and outdoor seating; the public areas include an art gallery and a spa offering Southeast Asian treatments.

Address:
55/53 Kingkitsarath Rd., Ban Thongchaleun
Luang Prabang
Laos

Phone:
(800) 477-9180

3. Caruso Lao Home Craft

Owner Sandra Yuck sells high-quality silk brocades and Western-inspired tableware made from Laotian woods.

Address:
60 Sakkaline Rd.
Luang Prabang
Laos

Phone:
856-71-254-574

4. La Résidence Phou Vao

Positioned in the hills above the former royal capital (and now UNESCO World Heritage site) of Luang Prabang, this Orient-Express property is a charming luxury spa escape. As the first of its kind in the area, the Mekong Spa relies solely on local organic gardens and farms for ingredients that fuel its traditional Laotian herbal remedies and... More

5. OckPopTok

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.

Address:
73/75 Ban Vat Nong
Luang Prabang
Laos

Phone:
856-71-253-219

6. Pak Ou Caves

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. Cramming them onto rock shelves, jumbling them into crevices, the Lao make offerings of the Buddha to the river spirits, in another melding of superstition and faith.

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7. Royal Palace (National Museum)

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. As it turns out, the golden icon, tucked in a dim shrine behind painted security bars, is hard to see and in any case may well be a... More

8. Silver Smith

Work by the area’s most notable silversmith, Phothisack Rattanakone, can be found here.

Address:
Ban Xieng Mouane Rd.
Luang Prabang
Laos

Phone:
856-71-212-654

9. Wat Nong Sikhounmuang

One of the city’s oldest temples, dating back to 1729, with a dramatic three-tiered roof.

Address:
Sakkaline Rd.
Luang Prabang
Laos

10. Wat Xieng Thong

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.

Address:
Souvannakhamphong Rd.
Luang Prabang
Laos