Described, when listed as a World Heritage site, as the best preserved city in Asia, Luang Prabang is a town that never fails to charm the visitor. Combining a ruggedly beautiful Mekong River setting with superb historic architecture and a sedate, friendly atmosphere, Luang Prabang has retained a sense of tradition and culture perhaps unrivalled in any other contemporary South East Asian city.
Let Tourism Union Indochina reveal the fascinating past and present of this unique town. We visit the former Royal Palace, now a museum featuring a breathtaking display of Lao artistry, from intricate woven silks, fine furniture and vast murals to the 43 kilogram gold, silver and bronze Haw Pha Bang Buddha. Walk the grounds of some of the town’s many revered temples, including the sparkling Wat Xien Thong with its tree of life mosaic wall, and the golden-walled Wat Mai. At the end of the day, climb up the frangipani-covered hill of Phu Si for spectacular sunset views, or perhaps just relax with a cool drink on the banks of the Mekong.
For many, Luang Prabang’s most enduring memories come not from its historic buildings or impressive cultural relics but the more simple traditional aspects of the town – watching silk weaving on a shady laneway, or Buddhist monks in their bright robes collecting alms in the early morning. Explore Luang Prabang with Tourism Union Indochina before the 21st century reaches this special place.