A Little Sightseeing in Luang Prabang

High up in the mountains of Northern Laos, the ancient royal capital of Luang Prabang is something out of a traveler’s dream. The tiny city of Luang Prabang was named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1995. Luang Prabang and its numerous temples can easily be explored on foot within a few days and will have you wishing you didn’t have to leave.

The stately waters of the Khan river flowing into the mighty Mekong rush through its heart; the rushing, swirling torrents of water and energy beneath the slowly moving placidity of the surface water reflect the hearts and minds of the people here. The people are beautiful, friendly, smiling and gracious.

Luang Prabang Stupas

Gold stupas.

Temple

Wat Mai is located next to the Royal Palace on Sisavong Vang Road.

Mosiac Glass Elephant

Wat Xieng Thong is studded with hundreds of mosaic glass sculptures and artwork. This magnificent temple is the city’s pride and joy. This temple is also known as the Golden Tree Temple for its stunning mosaic glass tile tree located at the back of the sim.

Mighty Mountain River

A climb to the top of Phu Si Hill allows visitors to get an unobstructed view of the valley, city and temples in the area.

Casting Nets

River side is best for late afternoon snacks and cool refreshing drinks. While away the hours watching fishermen cast their nets in idyllic surroundings or jump in a long tail boat and take a spin across the river to do some exploring on your own.

Vintage

Vintage.

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Post Author: Carrie Kellenberger

I'm a chronically ill Canadian expat who has been living abroad in Asia since 2003. I moved from China to Taiwan in 2006. My husband and I have owned our own business in Taiwan since 2012. In addition to my own work, I've been writing professionally about Asia, travel and health advocacy since 2007, providing regular content to several publishing companies and travel publications in Asia and North America. Follow Carrie on on Twitter @globetrotteri or on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/carriekellenberger/.

4 thoughts on “A Little Sightseeing in Luang Prabang

    samakomlao

    (February 22, 2008 - 5:45 pm)

    Beautiful photos. What camera do you use?

    globetrotteri

    (February 22, 2008 - 10:46 pm)

    Thanks. I used my old Canon Powershot. It still takes great photos. I’ve visited your site several times. Terrific work. I’m honored to be included each time you post one of my links. Thanks very very much!

    lilpea29

    (February 23, 2008 - 8:55 pm)

    The elephan picture is quiet unique. Very good work. Where else do you post your work?

    squawks

    (September 14, 2008 - 7:11 am)

    hey!

    i was there in august, and i saw the same car! it was packed in front of a colonial looking bungalow, any idea to whom it might have belonged to?

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