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Visit UXO Laos center
The UXO Laos Visitor Center is located behind the Chao Anouvong Monument. This free admittance center features information about unexploded ordnance, for what Lao PDR is the most heavily bombed country, per capita, in history. Numbers talk: -* (...)
National Museum
The Royal Palace Museum in Luang Prabang (also known as “Haw Kham” or "Golden Hall") was once Laos' Royal Palace. It houses a lot of interesting historical items. Every item tells a story...so you will learn quite a lot about Lao history and about (...)
Cinéma Luang Prabang presents CHANG
Filmmakers: Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack, also filmmakers of the famous King Kong (1933) Shot in 1925 in the jungle, 1 week walk from Nan in a Lao family by 2 intrepid filmmakers, CHANG is one of the first documentaries of history (...)
The night market
The night market, in the centre of town, "opens its doors" every evening at round about 5 o'clock. This market was only supposed to last for a few weeks. It opened in December 2002, on the Occidental Christmas Eve; a few Hmongs and other (...)
That Chomsi - Phousi Mountain
Built in 1804 during the reign of King Anourouth and ideally located at the top of Mount Phousi (in the heart of the town), Wat That Chomsi has become a symbol of Luang Prabang's spiritual significance to Laos. The Stupa is reachable after (...)
1 hour tour in the jungle
Would you like to experience a 1 hour or 1h and a half trekking on the back of an elephant? It's possible around Luang Prabang, in many places. Organized with private companies or with local elephant owners, we can organize for you a little trip (...)
Massages & SPA
Art of massage is very developped in Laos, where numerous offices opened the last few years. You can found them all around Luang Prabang, at very reasonable prices to affordable luxury (from 5 USD to 100 USD), depending on the comfort you would (...)
Trekking
Laos is a very preserved country in South-East Asia, and Luang Prabang is one of its jewel, no doubt about that. Many trekking options are proposed around, to explore areas reachable only by walk. Discover the traditional way of life of (...)
Cooking classes
Luang Prabang is definitely the gastronomic capital of Laos. Historically, the town has always been rich in the arts, especially table arts. The best cooks were hired by the King. This created a legacy that has endured. All visitors that stop at (...)
Journey on the Mekong River
Service: - On the morning (8:30am or 9:00am, up to you), your guide will meet at your hotel. - You will be transfered by minivan to the pier (1) - The private boat cruise can start - Visit Ban Xieng Mene, the village opposition of the Mekong - (...)
Wat Xieng Thong
The Wat Xieng Thong, "monastery of the golden city", is the religious emblem of Luang Prabang and one of the highest symbols of Buddhism in Laos which was the reason why it was spared from the plunder of 1887. It was considered as the (...)
Wat Mai
The Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham or Wat Mai (New Monastery) is one of the biggest and most beautiful temples in Luang Prabang. Its central position (in front of the night market and beside the Royal Palace) makes it one of the most visited temples of (...)
The Caterer’s Evening Market
This is a site which must not be missed if you want to taste Laotian specialities, which you very often can’t find even in restaurants. The Lao's come here regularly to buy their food (probably from laziness, so as not to cook ...) along with (...)
Yoga courses
Class Description: Vinyasa Flow synchronizes breath to movement. Postures are linked together in a natural progression to bring about a rhythm that is both dynamic and relaxing. Classes are taught in an open format so practitioners of all levels (...)
Kayaking on the Mekong River
The mountainous area of Luang Prabang and its major rivers are the perfect setting for a kayak ride. Whether on the Mekong, the Nam Khan (the tributary of the Mekong to Luang Prabang), on the Nam Ou (1 hour drive from Luang Prabang) or on the (...)
Weaving & Dyeing classes
Located 5km from the center town, Ock Pop Tock (litterally "West meets East") is a production center that provides courses, guesthouse, food, with one of the best shops of Luang Prabang. Visit the website : Ockpoptok.com Traditionally textiles (...)
Royal Ballet Theatre
This provincial government troupe of some 60 artists was established in 1999 following a joint project between the Luang Prabang Provincial Service of Information and Culture and the Institute of Cultural Research (ICR) in Vientiane to (...)
Rock climbing on the Mekong
Situated in the opposite bank of the Mekong, reachable by 20 minutes of boat. 8 ways are proposed there, for beginners and confirmed. All the material can be provided on place. Product from Discovery : (...)
The Phosy Market
The Phosi market is by far the biggest market in Luang Prabang. Three quarters of it is covered, there are several hundred merchants of all kinds proposing a large variety of products. You can find there vegetable gardeners as well as small (...)
Traditional Art & Ethnology Center
The Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre has been a private non-profit making museum devoted to the different ethnical groups in Laos. Situated in a historical building, protected by UNESCO, the permanent exhibition that the museum offers to (...)
Kuang Xi waterfalls
Situated at about twenty miles from Luang Prabang, this is a large waterfall and can be reached by Touktouk (taxi) or minivan in under an hour. The scenery leading to Kuang Si is magnificent. You will find all the tints of green imaginable, open (...)
The Pak Ou Caves
The Pak Ou (also written Pakou) Caves are one of the most treasured religious symbols of the Louang Prabang Province. Several legends tell stories of this site where, over the years, thousands of statues of Buddha have been deposited. Situated (...)
Mahout experience
Mahout means the elephant driver, keeper, or handler. He usually starts his career very young, at about ten years old. The mahout is usually given an elephant to look after and care for the rest of the elephant's life. They are a kind of couple, (...)
The Darat Market
Closed for 3 years because of renovations, the Darat Market reopened its doors at the beginning of January 2008. It used to be a squalid but very animated souk and is now a rather deserted shopping mall in the centre of town. A sort of dirty (...)
Wat Wisunalat (Visoun)
Built in 1512 or 1513, rebuilt in 1896-98 Wat Wisunalat (Vixoun, Visounnarath, Vixunhalat, Wisunarat) was originally built during the reign of King Wisunarat (or Vixoun, 1501-1520) in 1513 (some suggest 1512) and represents the earliest style, (...)
Kuang Si Butterfly Park
Situated 300m before the entry of the Kuang Si Waterfall, Kuang Si Butterfly Park is a project that was initiated in January 2014 from 2 Dutch passionate people from Holland. The mission is to create a research centre studying and publishing (...)
Wat Sene Souk Haram
Wat Sene Souk Haram or literally "Temple of a 100 000 treasures" is one of the most beautiful temples in Luang Prabang, singular by its restored painting of a deep ochre colour, flamboyant and glittering with gold. Constructed in 1718 by king (...)
The morning market
This small market is the Laotian "supermarket" where they come to buy their fruit, vegetables and meat, which are proposed in showcases which are not always very hygienic. Very active as from 8 o'clock in the morning, its a typical passing spot (...)
The Hmong Day Market
A few years ago, working in one of the villages around Luang Prabang, half a dozen Hmongs started selling their goods directly, on a square that had so far been unoccupied. Many people came to buy this authentic craftsmanship and embroidery sold (...)
The Chinese market
It is situated on Laos’s main road that leads to Vientiane, opposite the new sports stadium. On an area of over several thousand square metres, there are many Chinese (that often don’t speak Laotian...) gathered to sell products from China, with (...)
Heritage House and UNESCO
Heritage House, situated on the point of the peninsular, has several duties in this town and was classified in the World Heritage List in 1995 by UNESCO. Run by a team, mainly made up of Laotians, Heritage House received some specialized (...)
Bicycling
In recent years, people enjoy city tours by bike. A small town like Luang Prabang, with not a lot of cars, is a perfect place to enjoy this way to discover the center. Even during the hottest season (April-September), it's great to explore by (...)
Wat Ho Xieng
This temple was called on to honour a ceremony which took place in 1548 and was presided by King Setthathirat. Carrying the same name as the Ban (synonym of village or district), the Wat Ho Xiang accommodated about 30 bonzes, in 2008, of which 4 (...)
The village of Ban Phanom
A little more than a mile from the Phon Phau Temple, this small and very typical village exists mainly due to the manufacture of woven goods which they expose on the night market. This village very quickly became one of the acknowledged (...)
Tad Sae Waterfalls
About 12 miles from Luang Prabang, going south to Vientiane. The Tadsae waterfall (pronounced Tatsay) is only really interesting to see during the rain season, or during the few weeks following this period; as it has a very unequal flow, which (...)
1-day easy trek close to Luang Prabang
Your guide & minivan will pick up you at hotel and will drive out of town about 25 minutes. After crossing the Khan River on a fishing boat, you will start your trekking with visiting Hill Tribe villages through on the rice paddies and local (...)
Visit the Botanical Garden
Pha Tad Ke is the first Botanical Garden in Laos, with a Limestone Habitat of 2 hectares showing an unique biodiversity and geology, an Ethno-botanic Garden, a Ginger Garden featuring over 100 different ginger species, the Arboretum containing (...)
The elephant conservation center
The Elephant Conservation Center hosts Laos' first hospital dedicated to elephants that are victims of logging accidents or affected by diseases. Located in Sayabouly (3 hours by road from Luang Prabang) the center is staffed with an (...)
Wat That
This temple and its garden are surely the most beautiful in Luang Prabang. It is the centre for numerous festivities in honour of Buddha, where the villagers of Ban Wat That meet frequently along with the villagers of Ban Ho Xieng (whose temple (...)
The village of Ban Xang Khong
The villages of ban Xang Khong & Ban Xieng Lek have specialised for many years in manufacturing and selling products made from silk and Saa Paper (paper made from the bark of the Saa Tree). Many "big" stores have grown in recent years in the (...)
1-day trek, kayak & fishing
At 8:30 am, your guide will meet you at your hotel. Your journey can start. First, we will have a 30 min drive out of town through the Road #13, to reach the village of Ban Suan. This area is well known for the pineapples and oranges that grow (...)
Wat Xieng Mouane
This temple, situated in the centre of town, is very peaceful. You can admire the numerous decorative pieces of work, especially the paintings, stencilling and woodwork, the gilding, as well as the numerous portrayals of Buddha. Beside these (...)
Wat Pak Kham
Also written Wat pakham, this temple, situated on the point of the peninsula opposite Heritage House, is one of the only temples in town that has not (as yet) been renovated, which gives it a certain fascination, an authenticity that the other (...)
Wat Si Boun Heuang
The temple is in essence a sacred place where everybody must respect the rules. In Laos, pagodas are almost social areas where bonzes, elders, children at play, and pious people mix . This temple is especially active at mid-day : the young (...)
A morning in the ricefield
Some people like to watch, some people want to understand, and some enjoy to try and to participate. In this special place, you can see how rice is grown on a 100% organic farm cultivating many vegetables you can taste. You are also invited to (...)
Garavek - Myths, legends, and folktales
Garavek is a small company based in Luang Prabang, with the aim of promoting and preserving the local traditional stories – myths, legends, and folktales. Every evening, from 6.30-7.30pm, they present a selection of traditional Lao stories in an (...)
Wat Phon Sai
A perfectly restored temple sheltering a pagoda, beautifully covered with frescos representing teachings of the Great Buddha. This temple is situated in a popular district, where you can also find the famous morning (...)
Wat Aham
Wat Aham signifies "The Monastery of the Blossoming Heart". This temple was surely a place for mediation and meetings between spiritual culture and Buddhist practice. Neighbouring the Wat Vitsoun, it is relatively quiet even though the district (...)
Wat Nong Sikhounmuang
Temple sheltering one of the largest pagodas in Luang Prabang, which was recently renovated. Situated opposite the "Elephant" restaurant, the pagoda is richly decorated with stencils. In a style inspired by that of Vientiane (see the (...)
Wat Aphai
Situated behind the Mount Phousi, on the banks of the river Nam Khan, in the village where is concentrated most of the bars, this temple has two features that are worth the trip : a recently renovated ‘that’, as well as a representation of Buddha (...)
Wat Tchoum Khong
The Wat Tchoum Khong (which means 'Temple with the heart of a Gong) was constructed under the reign of King Sukaseum (1836-1851). It is one of the temples with the most flowers in Luang Prabang. Situated in the middle of the peninsula, where you (...)
The pottery village
Situated on the opposite bank of the Mekong River, at a 10 minute boat-ride downstream from Luang Prabang (expect to pay 3 to 7 dollars for the return fare) the 300 inhabitants of the small village of Ban Tchan (written also Ban Tjan or Ban (...)
Wat Souvannakhiri
This temple was renovated in 2006 after having been partially destroyed by a fire. Situated at the end of the peninsula, not far from Wat Pha Kham, this temple is mainly made up of a large colonial building and a small building sheltering a (...)
2-day trek & kayaking
Day1: Luang Prabang – Ban Huay Luang – Trekking – Ban Mock Choung – hill tribe - Home stay (../L/D) Your main guide will be meeting you at 8:30am at your hotel. Little last check to see if you have sun glasses, and sun protection, before the 1-hour (...)
Wat Sopsikhalam
Temple neighbouring the Wat Sene and whose specificities are a That covered by earthenware, sheltering the representations of Buddha, as well as a large statue of Buddha in the garden. Many young bonzes live here. The tradition is that boys must (...)
Wat Phon Pao
About 2 miles from Luang Prabang, upstream from the Nam Khan river, you can find the Wat Phon Phau on top of a small hill which is looked after by female monks. Male bonzes are dressed in a yellow robe (sometimes orange or light brown) as Buddha (...)
3-day trek meeting the ethnics
1st day trek, meeting the Hmong people (L, D) Your guide will be meeting you at 8:30am at your hotel to drive first up north for about 1 hour before reaching a village where will start our journey. For our trip, a village-based guide will join (...)
The institut Français of Luang Prabang
The French Institute of Luang Prabang is active in both the linguistic and the cultural fields. It offers 3 sessions of 50 hours classes in French and Lao, in group or private, for children, teenagers and adults. Its multimedia library proposes (...)
6d / 5n : Trek & cruise in Northern Laos
Here a proposal for a loop around Luang Prabang. It starts with a 1 day cruise on the Mekong River, followed by a 3-day trek in a remote area. You will pass through beautiful scenery, explore minority ethnics in authentic villages, when (...)
Main Highlights
Situated at about twenty miles from Luang Prabang, this is a large waterfall and can be reached by Touktouk (taxi) or minivan in under an hour. The scenery leading to Kuang Si is magnificent. You will find all the tints of green imaginable, open (...)
Elephant experience
Would you like to experience a 1 hour or 1h and a half trekking on the back of an elephant? It's possible around Luang Prabang, in many places. Organized with private companies or with local elephant owners, we can organize for you a little trip (...)
Wellness activities
Art of massage is very developped in Laos, where numerous offices opened the last few years. You can found them all around Luang Prabang, at very reasonable prices to affordable luxury (from 5 USD to 100 USD), depending on the comfort you would (...)
Trekkings
Your guide & minivan will pick up you at hotel and will drive out of town about 25 minutes. After crossing the Khan River on a fishing boat, you will start your trekking with visiting Hill Tribe villages through on the rice paddies and local (...)
Other outdoor activities
Laos is a very preserved country in South-East Asia, and Luang Prabang is one of its jewel, no doubt about that. Many trekking options are proposed around, to explore areas reachable only by walk. Discover the traditional way of life of (...)
Weaving villages
A little more than a mile from the Phon Phau Temple, this small and very typical village exists mainly due to the manufacture of woven goods which they expose on the night market. This village very quickly became one of the acknowledged (...)
Training courses
Luang Prabang is definitely the gastronomic capital of Laos. Historically, the town has always been rich in the arts, especially table arts. The best cooks were hired by the King. This created a legacy that has endured. All visitors that stop at (...)
Visiting the pagodas
This temple and its garden are surely the most beautiful in Luang Prabang. It is the centre for numerous festivities in honour of Buddha, where the villagers of Ban Wat That meet frequently along with the villagers of Ban Ho Xieng (whose temple (...)
Visiting the markets
The night market, in the centre of town, "opens its doors" every evening at round about 5 o'clock. This market was only supposed to last for a few weeks. It opened in December 2002, on the Occidental Christmas Eve; a few Hmongs and other (...)
Museums, Art & Culture
This provincial government troupe of some 60 artists was established in 1999 following a joint project between the Luang Prabang Provincial Service of Information and Culture and the Institute of Cultural Research (ICR) in Vientiane to (...)