Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang Province is situated in the center of northern Laos, bordering the provinces of Oudomxay, Phongsaly and Houaphanh to the north, Vientiane the capital and Xayabouly to the south and south west and Xieng Khouang to the east.

Luang Prabang province has a population of just over 400,000 people, including 8 distinct ethnic groups. The Kmhmu–often this is spelled Khmu– are the largest ethnic group in the province and make up the majority (around 44%) of its population. The Hmong are the second most populous ethnic minority (16%). Low land Lao people comprise 39% of the population and live mostly in lowland valleys and Luang Prabang town.


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Wat Xiengthong

This temple is not only the most beautiful in Luang Prabang, but arguably one of the most spectacular temples in the entire country. Built by King Setthatirath around 1560 it is a classic example of Luang Prabang style and features a gracefully sloping roof and glass [tile] murals. The best time to visit, especially for photography, is in the morning.

Open daily 08:00am – 17:00pm
Entrance fee: 20.000kip/person


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Kuang Si Waterfall

n the dry season the water at Kuang Si (pictured here) takes on a bluish hue, owing to the presence of minerals like copper. In the wet season the water is a deep green and you can hear the sound of the falls well before you can see them.

Look for signs indicating pools for swimming; nearby, you’ll find changing rooms. Please take care to observe local customs (and posted rules).

You can also visit the Bear Rescue Center in the Kuang Si Waterfall (No entrance ticket)


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Night Market

Luang Prabang night market is a must-experience. It’s an amazing sight and offers the most extensive collection of handicrafts in the country. With around 250 handicraft vendors who sell their hand-made products nightly, the market showcases an extensive variety of handicrafts made by local ethnic groups. On display are many types of textiles, exquisite ceramics, antiques, paintings, coffee and tea, quilts, shoes, silver, bags, ornaments and cutlery made from recycled bombs. There are a lot of interesting items on display at the night market that are hard to find elsewhere.

The market is open daily from 5pm to about 10pm.