UNESCO World Heritage site, Luang Prabang is situated at the northern side of Laos, amidst lush green mountains. The town stands firm on a peninsula created by the confluence of rivers Mekong and Nam Khan. Luang Prabang exhibits a quaint aura, which comes with the amalgamation of Lao architecture and effects of the European colonialism. By Swastika Mukhopadhyay
Luang Prabang, which literally means ‘Royal Buddha Image’ has its roots deeply embedded in Buddhism. The town has many shrines, temples, waterfalls, hilly terrains and beautiful scenic sights that allure many visitors each year.
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Luang Prabang is a city in north central Laos, consisting of 58 adjacent villages, of which 33 comprise the UNESCO Town Of Luang Prabang World Heritage Site. It was listed in 1995 for unique and “remarkably” well preserved architectural, religious and cultural heritage, a blend of the rural and urban developments over several centuries⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ From : @johan_drone_adventures⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #shantitravel #travelagency #travelasia #slowtravel #travellikealocal #laos #visitlaos #explorelaos #traveltolaos #bestoflaos #southeastasia #laostravel #travelgram #neverstopexploring #traveltheworld #instatravel #beautifuldestinations #wanderlust #adventure #instadventure #greatadventure #bestofadventures
Admired and recognised for its picturesque beauty and impeccable preservation of architecture and culture, Luang Prabang bagged a position in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995. Tourism started to flourish thereafter, which led many locals to relocate someplace else.
Places to see in Luang Prabang
1. Sacred Hill Mount Phousi
Ruling the skyline, Mount Phousi, also known as Mount Phu Si lies 100 metres above the town and offers a panoramic view of the city. Tourists and locals trek up to the top to witness the exquisite sunsets. The mountain is considered sacred for religious purposes.
2. Royal Palace of Luang Prabang
One of the best places to visit in Luang Prabang is the 20th century Royal Palace of Luang Prabang. Home to the royal family of Laos in the past, this structure is an ethereal piece of architecture and artwork. In spite of being constructed in the French colonial era, this structure features the traditional native design and framework. Travellers can visit the palace, which is now a museum and participate in the guided tour of the Royal Palace.
3. Tad Sae Waterfall
Not as big as the Kuang si waterfall of Luang Prabang, Tad Sae waterfall has its own charm. It is less crowded than the Kuang Si waterfall. Tourists desiring peace and tranquillity can unwind in the lap of nature here at Tad Sae Waterfall. Among all the places to visit in Luang Prabang, Tad Sae is one of those that enthralls the visitors with its serenity. The water from the waterfall flows over the limestone formations, which makes it fall evenly and spread over a larger horizontal area. This makes the water shallow.
How to get to Luang Prabang?
Visitors can travel to Luang Prabang via flights. The Luang international airport is the second busiest airport of the country, which gets lots of international flights. Visitors can also use the boat services through the Mekong river to get to Luang Prabang.