Luang Prabang, perched on the banks of the Mekong 300m above sea level, is the oldest town in Laos still in existence. For centuries the city was the seat of kings and Luang Prabang’s importance is still reflected in the wonderful array of ancient temples that are dotted around its charming streets.
Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Luang Prabang is a wonderfully well preserved colonial town with a unique blend of French villas and Laotian temples.The town is not large and can be easily visited on foot or by bike. A laid back atmosphere, some fine hotels and a great position overlooking the confluence of the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers mean that is well worth taking a few days to soak up the atmosphere, and enjoy the culture and the local cuisine.
Venturing out of town there are plenty of opportunities to discover magnificent landscapes and discover the rural life of northern Lao's hilltribe people. Easy trips out of town include the beautiful Kuang Si Waterfalls, the sacred Pak Ou Caves, or the Botanical Gardens.