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Old Town Luang Prabang, Luang Prabang Overview

The old town is located on a peninsula surrounded by the Nam Khan and Mekong Rivers in the city of Luang Prabang in Laos. This UNESCO heritage region is home to many ancient Buddhist temples, the sacred Mount Phousi and the Royal Palace among the other attractions. It is also the venue of the night market and the top place for tourists visiting Luang Prabang, who come to enjoy its beautiful location along the rivers apart from numerous attractions.

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Best time to visit

The best time to visit the old town in Luang Prabang is from October to February after the monsoons are over and the weather is pleasant.

Old Town History

The old town was the area in which the city of Luang Prabang originated and has an enriching past. It served as the centre of administration as the capital city as the place of residence of the Kings, and public offices. The old quarters also housed Pra Bang, the national emblem and the most sacred image of Buddha. Among the most notable attraction is Mount Phousi, which has been a sacred hill to the people of Luang Prabang


The traditional Lao style of architecture, including the Sim, was born here, which was replicated throughout Laos. The buildings have a unique design, not consisting of more than two floors and built of wood and bricks. The narrow streets filled with greenery and an excellent sewage system showcases how the town was planned to develop since its origin. The old town was home to artists, carpenters, farmers and fishermen from other parts of Laos as well as neighbouring countries.

Due to the French colonial rule, the heavy influence of French style is evident in some of the streets along the river. Most of what is present today were built in the 19th century, as works of renovation and restoration of this heritage town.

How To Reach Old Town Luang Prabang

If you are based outside the city centre, you can get to the old town of Luang Prabang by renting a tuk-tuk for about 6 to 8 USD per person for a one-way trip that can be shared. You can also reach by hiring a motorbike for about 10 to 12 USD per day.

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