Luang Prabang Travel Guide

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Luang Prabang Travel Guide

Luang Prabang is one of the best preserved colonial cities in Asia. I may not have appreciated this fact had I not already seen other once grand cities that have since been concreted over.

Restaurant La Cave Des
[Restaurant La Cave Des.]

Luang Prabang is located at the junction of the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers. The Nam Khan flows to form a peninsular of land, which adds to the amount of river frontage. There are no buses allowed in the old town and as the historic section of town is on a peninsular there is no through traffic.

Mekong and Nam Khan rivers

In the centre of town is Phu Si, a hill crowned by That Chomsi (a Buddhist temple). The view from the top gives you a better idea of how well located Luang Prabang is. From here you see the river valley and surrounding mountains.

Luang Prabang from Phu Si
[Luang Prabang from Phu Si.]

It didn’t occur to me before I arrived that Laos would have great coffee. You don’t really see it marketed well outside of Laos. It’s quite common to see the Sumatran or even Sulawesi blend at a Starbucks, but Lao blend that I recall. Local beans brewed in a coffee sock and the usual sweetened condensed milk as is the way in this part of the world.

Coffee Lao by the Mekong River
[Coffee Lao by the Mekong River.]

If you are not flying to Luang Prabang it is a bit of a trek getting here. You can arrive by a 2 day boat from the Thai border or by bus on winding mountainous roads. I took the overnight bus from the border, which was a tortuous 13 hours on a winding potholed road. Being in Luang Prabang is the perfect place to be if you’re not in a hurry to get to the next place.

Despite the relative trek to get here, Luang Prabang has definitely been “found”. There are upmarket villas, boutiques and restaurants everywhere. I found myself in an air conditioned cafe using its free wi-fi while having a Cappucino Freeze.


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Travel Guides

Tourism Luang Prabang – Website of the Luang Prabang Tourism Department. – Travel guide featuring, history, travel tips, transportation, weather, temples, hotels and guesthouses, and food and drink.

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Luang Prabang Tourism Laos – Information on where to stay, attractions, food and drink, heritage information.

Hobo Maps – Luang Prabang – Detailed colour maps with information most useful for visitors.


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Guide Books

Lonely Planet Laos (Travel Guide)


Luang Prabang Photo Gallery – Photo gallery of Luang Prabang, Laos.

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