Sights & landmarks in Luang Prabang

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  • DotsGirl2
    Vancouver, Canada418 contributions
    This was one of our favourite places in Luang Prabang. The buildings are beautiful and the tree of life mosaic is impressive. Be prepared it will probably be crowded
    Written 13 February 2024
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  • Raintree_Thailand
    Bangkok, Thailand3,814 contributions
    The old section of Luang Prabang remains one of the best maintained heritage cities in Asia. Many of the buildings and temples are very old, but positively even new constructions are largely kept within traditional styles, which helps to maintain the historic vibe of the town.
    Written 5 February 2024
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  • Patrick G
    Marina del Rey, CA10 contributions
    Worth experience if you can get up just before dawn. Somehow we were able to do that even though we both like to sleep in. One of the best ways to feel like you are part of their community, and support their culture. Although we both bought sticky rice for the monks from local merchants, you might want to explore other ways of giving.
    Written 25 November 2023
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  • DotsGirl2
    Vancouver, Canada418 contributions
    We went here but found out it was closed to tourists. The outside is stunning . Aroind the grounds you can see the temple dragon boats and another building housing a large Buddha
    Written 13 February 2024
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  • milliesmum2016
    Christchurch, New Zealand1,811 contributions
    Actually, I visited this Wat in the evening, in the dark. It was lovely. Everything was softly lit so you could look carefully and at leisure at the lovely carvings and applied decoration. There is a lovely standing Buddha of not inconsiderable height.
    You will doubtless stumble across this Wat whilst wandering around town in the slightly cooler evenings.
    Written 27 March 2020
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  • milliesmum2016
    Christchurch, New Zealand1,811 contributions
    This Wat is just beautiful. It has the most fabulous intricate mosaic work all backed with laquer red. It's really startlingly striking and well worth prioritizing on your Luang Prabang to-do list. The applied arts are lovely and varied. There are many beautiful fresco type wall paintings, depected sacred themes and even the columns are elaborately painted with gold on black or red backgrounds. These places really are fabulous and quite apart from their obvious religious significance, they are power houses of style and design excellence.
    Written 28 March 2020
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  • LovetheBigIsland
    Kailua-Kona, HI12 contributions
    Luang Prabang is an excellent town to visit. It also has an excellent volunteer organization that invites English speakers to assist local students (adults and children) who come in to hone their English skills. The center is located on the street adjacent to the 3 Nagas hotel.

    Be aware, these are students who are committed to learning -- their grammar questions can be quite pointed! The students are interesting, interested, and offer an excellent opportunity to learn more about Lao society including the villages from which many of the students have traveled.

    This is an incredible organization that seeks to make a real impact on local students through casual (and longer-term) volunteers. It deserves very broad support - M. Collin and several other long-term volunteers will quickly usher you to an eager student - it was the best 6 hours we spent - we regret not going the first day we arrived.
    Written 14 February 2024
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  • Stephan O
    Enschede, The Netherlands660 contributions
    While dryving around on our scooter, we discovered this temple on the outside of Luang Prabang. There was nobody else on the complex, just a young monk inside where you can sign in. There is no entree fee but you can give a donation. Inside are beautifull Darwins, and jou can club up, four stories high. The fourth floor can be reached by a very small and steep stairs. It is to small to stand on this floor or reached it with more then one person at the time. From the first floor there is a nice view over Luang Prabang.
    Written 31 July 2019
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  • DawidM
    Wroclaw, Poland3 contributions
    Great place. I would recommend anyone who will be in Luang Prabang. Very nice people with a lot of knowledge about organic farming.
    Written 7 March 2020
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  • walkasone
    Brisbane, Australia956 contributions
    This is the oldest continuously running temple in Lao. It is a rebuild after the original building made of wood was burnt by Black Haw riders in 1887. Adjacent is Wat Aham. When I visited in Sept 2019 the Buddha was being restored.
    Written 18 September 2019
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  • DawnDelVecchio
    27 contributions
    There's a lot of history here. When we visited the wt was undergoing repairs. Like parts of LP - and moreso the Chomphet side - it was drowning in too much garbage and plastic.
    Written 20 January 2023
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  • skyisblu
    Montreal, Canada2,538 contributions
    The Whisky Village, Ban Xang Hai, famous for distilling their own alcohol, made from the sticky rice we have become so accustomed to eating with our every meal here in Laos. They grind it into a powder which they turn into yeast balls, and these are fermented in large blue drums covered with squares of cotton. January is not the harvest season for rice, so it is also not the time for whisky - what we get to taste is last season's product. There is the first whisky, the strong stuff that is the first pass through the still - very potent, this stuff clocks in at a staggering 55 proof! They boil the rice again to make a second whisky. Cloudy and often purple-coloured, depending on the rice used, this whisky is more akin to a sake in flavour: you taste the rice, the alcohol, the fermentation. It's not bad. For the novelty factor, there are bottle of whisky stuffed with snakes, and scorpions, and centipedes in the bottles, which is clearly done for the photo opportunity and the sale. Supposedly, the men in the village drink THAT stuff to make them "stronger".

    The whisky-producing area is right off the boat launch, but you can walk further into the village, too. The main corridor leading away from the water is lined with tables where the village women have laid out their scarves and other textiles for sale. It's clear that this village sees a lot of tourist traffic. Some of the women are embroidering cloth by hand, others are weaving on big looms - we learn from our guide that some of these villagers pack up their products in the afternoon and drive into Luang Prabang for the night market, so don't fret if you don;t make your purchases here.

    Keep walking through the stalls of scarfs, and you'll emerge out into the village, right in front of their temple. It's a nice visit, beautifully painted and small in comparison to Luang Prabang, but real. It's the only authentic experience in this little village, which has become much too fixated on the tourism industry, welcoming boat-loads of day-trippers doing the Pak Ou Caves every day. My suggestion? Save your money and try the products in Luang Prabang - the visit here was not worth it.
    Written 16 June 2020
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  • Ana-Maria B
    Cluj-Napoca, Romania1,251 contributions
    I went up for the sunset, like most people. The Stupa itself is simple, but the site overall is nice. However, it gets very crowded for the sunset, so you need to grab a good spot in advance. There are a few steps to get to the stupa, but pretty manageable.
    I got some really nice photos, but can't say I enjoyed the experience too much as it was so crowded. Not anyone's fault though, it is what it is.
    Written 9 December 2023
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  • Wandering Wonderings
    Hastings, UK3,247 contributions
    A great little temple to visit in Luang Prabang. Well maintained and intricate gold leaf, it really is worth a little of your time to visit.
    Written 17 September 2018
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  • Michael G
    Lampang, Thailand373 contributions
    Never thought I would ever experience feeding elephants banana and fruit he was taking them out of my hand with his trunk then the trainor would say something and he would bow was amazing there were two old elephants in a field 65 and 70 they were huge
    Written 24 December 2019
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