Fascinating Luang Prabang, Laos

When I was browsing through my travel pictures I came across the photos from Luang Prabang and I knew I had to share them with you even if it is a little #throwback.

Parts of it belonging to the UNESCO World Heritage, Luang Prabang is one of the most fascinating cities in Laos.

Fascinating Luang Prabang in Laos

After two days on a long boat traveling along the Mekong river I arrived in Luang Prabang being welcomed by an amazing sunset.

Luang Prabang – one city  – many names

Luang Prabang is also known as Luang Phrabang, Louang-phrabang, Chieng Dong, Chieng Thong and Mueang Sua.

A whole lot of names for one city. Luang Prabang has many names and even more temples. Every one of the more than 30 temples (most of them being destroyed and rebuilt) are worth to see.

After watching the monks in the early morning collecting rice and sweets I followed them to their residence.

Fascinating Luang Prabang in Laos
Following the monks to the…
Wat That Luang

This temple is the oldest and most important temple of Luang Prabang.

Fascinating Luang Prabang in Laos
The Wat That Luang
Fascinating Luang Prabang in Laos
The golden stupa at the Wat That Luang
Ho Kham

In the royal palace is nowadays the national museum. I was more fascinated by the temple in the palace area. Can you see why? 😉

Fascinating Luang Prabang in Laos

Wat Xienthong

is the best known temple in Luang Prabang…

Fascinating Luang Prabang in Laos
Wat Xienthong

Fascinating Luang Prabang in Laos

…and a great place for watching and talking to the locals.

Fascinating Luang Prabang in Laos
monk selling aprons
Fascinating Luang Prabang in Laos
woman sewing
Wat Mai/Mey Suwannaphumaham

is the largest and most decorated temple in Luang Prabang.

Fascinating Luang Prabang in Laos

Best view in town

…definitely from the  130 m high Mount Phousi.  Walking along stairs and Buddha statues you reach at the top the Wat Phra Buddhabhat. It is a temple with Buddha´s footprint in it. The view from the top is spectacular. You see the Mekong and the surrounding mountains.

Fascinating Luang Prabang in Laos
View from the Mount Phousi
Fascinating Luang Prabang in Laos
Wat Phra Buddhabhat
What else to see and do in and around Luang Prabang?

What do you think? Is Luang Prabang worth to see?

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32 thoughts on “Fascinating Luang Prabang, Laos”

  1. There is quite a bit to do here! I really love the colors in your shots – very nice captures. How was the boat ride there? I’m wondering what it’s like to travel around this part of the world on the inland waterways.

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  2. We really like Luang Prabang, it’s relaxed, beautiful, some great food around too!
    The bamboo bridge is great to go to when it’s on during 6 month of the year! Perfect spot for some lovely views!

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  3. Such beautiful temples they have. I have always wondered how long it takes to build and finish with all the detail that goes into the, let alone the cleaning!

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  4. Wunderschöner Throwback. Wir waren 2007 in Luang Prabang und durften das Pi Mai Lao, das Neujahrsfest in Luang Prabang miterleben. Unvergesslich schön. Wir haben diese Stadt in Lao in allerbester Erinnerung. Dank für die schönen Fotos. Gerne noch mehr von diesen Throwbacks.

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  5. I’d love to visit Luang Prabang soon, Laos has been on my wishlist for the longest time. Thanks for the tips! Oh, and these are some great pictures!

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  6. I’ve always missed Laos when I’ve travelled in Asia, this is making me regret not checking it out! I’m heading back out next year and have it on my list!

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  7. i like the architecture in those countries so different from what i’m used to. Always make me wonder though about all this gold… wouldn’t the money be best spent on people? Or do they keep it up for tourism? either way you brought back some beautiful pictures

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  8. Beautiful photos..! It’s amazing how each temple looks at least a bit different from the other ones. Definitely a feast for the eyes..! Thanks for sharing it with us!

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  9. Diese asiatischen Tempel sind einfach wunderschön! Ich könnte sie auch stundenlang ansehen. Nach Laos würde ich sehr gern mal reisen.
    Liebe Grüße,
    Ela

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  10. Wir waren vor 3 Jahren für 4 Monate lang in Thailand und Laos, und natürlich auch ein paar Tage in Luang Prabang. Eine wunderschöne Stadt. Wir haben Weihnachten dort verbracht und in einem sehr guten Restaurant gegessen. Deine Bilder sind klasse. Danke fürsTeilen !

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