Luangprabang is a district in northern Laos, located 425 km north of Vientiane close to the Mekong River. The population of this district is about 22,000 people. The headquarters of Luang Prabang province is also situated in this district. In the past, Luang Prabang was the capital of a kingdom called Lan Xang ("the kingdom of a million elephants ") from the 14th century to 1946. Before 1975, this was still the royal capital, the center of Laos. At present, it is the capital of Luang Prabang province. Luang Prabang is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
The attraction of Luang Prabang is the beauty of the peaceful scenery, architecture and daily life of people here. The Buddhist priests wearing orange robes in the early morning may be the most characteristic image of Luang Prabang. A favorite activity of tourists is admiring the breathtaking sunset on Mount Phou Si. From here, you can see the sun slowly going down the Mekong River and enjoy the panoramic view of the old imperial city in the sunset. Luang Prabang has many temples, most temples are the free entrance. Besides, Luang Prabang also offers activities such as mountain climbing, kayaking, and shopping in night markets, etc.
Must-see destinations in Luang Prabang
Luang Prabang town
Luang Prabang Old Town has a unique architecture like simple rural villages. Therefore, when visiting the old town of Luang Prabang, you will feel something of Hoi An ancient town with peaceful old houses and simple, and honest people, if you have a chance to visit Vietnam. Furthermore, every evening comes, the night market on the central road of the ancient city lights up with unique souvenirs and handicrafts so you should not ignore exciting activities at night at the tourist destination.