Here are the top 30 tourist attractions to see in Luang Prabang:

1. Mount Phousi

4.5 / 5

1 kms
from city center
1 out of 30
places to visit in Luang Prabang

Mount Phousi or Phusi is a small mountain located in the heart of the city of Luang Prabang. Situated on the peninsula between the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers, it is among the popular attractions for tourists visiting Luang Prabang for the fantastic 360-degree bird views of the town, the Mekong River and the forests from the top.

2. Palace museum

4.3 / 5

1 kms
from city center
2 out of 30
places to visit in Luang Prabang

Evoking traditional Lao and French beaux-arts styles, the former Royal Palace was built in 1904 and was home to King Sisavang Vong (r 1905_59), whose statue stands outside.

3. Wat Xieng Thong

4.2 / 5

2 kms
from city center
3 out of 30
places to visit in Luang Prabang

Wat Xieng Thong is a vast ancient Buddhist temple located in the old town of Luang Prabang in Laos. It is a royal temple on the banks of the Mekong River and is one of the most beautiful monuments in Laos. It is also one of the few monuments in Laos to survive invasions and is a rare example of the rich history, religious art and architecture. Wat Xieng Thong is a top attraction among tourists visiting Luang Prabang for the elaborately done paintings and the intricate decorations throughout the temple.

4. Wat Mai

3.8 / 5

1 kms
from city center
4 out of 30
places to visit in Luang Prabang

Wat Mai, a temple inaugurated in the 18th century. It took more than 70 years to build, and was once home to the Supreme Patriarch of Lao Buddhism.

5. The elephant village

3.8 / 5

1 kms
from city center
5 out of 30
places to visit in Luang Prabang

Just outside Luang Prabang near Xieng Lom village is an elephant sanctuary which founder Markus Peshke created to provide care and an organization to sustain the endangered Asian elephantsæliving at the "village."

6. Kuang Si falls

3.7 / 5

21 kms
from city center
6 out of 30
places to visit in Luang Prabang

It is also known as Tat Kuang Si waterfall. These waterfalls are favourite for tourists if they get bored of the temples in Luang Pranag.

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7. Pak ou caves

3.7 / 5

20 kms
from city center
7 out of 30
places to visit in Luang Prabang

Pak Ou is a cave monastery located in the limestone cliffs overlooking the Mekong river close to the city of Luang Prabang in Laos. It is known for the centuries-old stalagmite cave formations and thousands of Buddha statues. It is a pilgrimage site for the locals who hike from surrounding villages to worship. Pak Ou Caves are worth visiting as a day trip from Luang Prabang for tourists exploring the city.

8. Utopia Luang Prabang

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places to visit in Luang Prabang

Utopia Luang Prabang is an outdoor bar and restaurant located in the old town of Luang Prabang in Laos. It is one of the oldest bars in the city, which is among the top spots known for happening nightlife. Backpackers in groups frequently visit the bar for its ambience and view overlooking the Nam Khan river. It is worth visiting Utopia for travelers visiting Luang Prabang to relax in the bar by the river enjoying delicious food, drinks, music and meet people.

9. Luang Prabang Night Market

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places to visit in Luang Prabang

The night market is located in the heart of the city of Luang Prabang in Laos. Every evening about 300 to 400 local shopkeepers set up shops on the street of Sisavangvong in the evening. It is one of the top attractions in the city for tourists to shop for local souvenirs and try delicious local street food. The night market was set up for the first time in 2002 during Christmas for a few weeks to buy and sell traditional gifts. The fair ran in candle lights as there was no electricity at that time. It grew trendy instantly and became a daily night market and now attracts vendors from all over Laos.

10. Royal Palace Luang Prabang

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places to visit in Luang Prabang

Haw Kham or the Royal Palace is a former royal residence located on the banks of the Mekong in the old town of Luang Prabang in Laos. Situated opposite the sacred Mount Phousi, the monument was the centre of administration for many decades including being the royal residence. Now converted into a museum, it is a popular attraction among tourists visiting Luang Prabang city to get to know the imperial history and culture of the town.

11. Tad Sae Waterfall

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places to visit in Luang Prabang

Tad Sae is a natural waterfall located close to Luang Prabang city in Laos along the Nam Khan river, a tributary of the Mekong. It is known for the turquoise colour of water flowing over limestone rocks and its scenic location amidst deep jungles surrounded by the mountains. Tourists visiting Luang Prabang should plan a trip to Tad Sae waterfalls to enjoy nature and relax in the natural pools near the falls.

12. Wat Visoun

12 out of 30
places to visit in Luang Prabang

Wat Visoun or Wat Wisounnalat is an ancient temple located in the old town of Luang Prabang city in Laos. It is the oldest temple of the town and is famous for its magnificent architecture, which became a model for other temple structures in Laos. Wat Visoun is listed as a UNESCO heritage site and is one of the top attractions among tourists visiting Luang Prabang. People visit to learn about the rich history and evolution of a unique style of architecture consisting of layers of roofs, sculpted walls and intricate paintings.

13. Luang Prabang Cooking Classes

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places to visit in Luang Prabang

Cooking Classes are one of the most popular activities among tourists visiting Luang Prabang city in Laos. These classes provide an excellent opportunity for the tourists to learn the cooking of Laotion cuisines along with getting to know the local culture of the country through food. It is worth taking up half-day or full-day tours while exploring the city.

14. Ban Phanom

14 out of 30
places to visit in Luang Prabang

Ban Phanom is a village located on the banks of the Nam Khan River, one of the largest tributaries of the Mekong, close to Luang Prabang city in Laos. It is a remote village known for the minority ethnic group of people Lue, who have been practising traditional cotton and silk weaving since the 11th century. It is one of the most popular attractions for people visiting Luang Prabang to make a day trip or spend half a day. Tourists in Ban Phanom can shop for local cotton and silk products and get to know the life of this traditional ethnic group, including weaving.

15. Phra Bang

15 out of 30
places to visit in Luang Prabang

The Phra Bang, which translates to Delicate Buddha in the local language, is a mystical national emblem of Laos. It is an 83cm high statue decorated with gold leaf and is located in Haw Pha Bang temple in the city of Luang Prabang in Laos. Tourists visiting the city should visit this temple to see the sacred national emblem of the country.

16. Wat Long Khoun

16 out of 30
places to visit in Luang Prabang

The Phra Bang, which translates to Delicate Buddha in the local language, is a mystical national emblem of Laos. It is an 83cm high statue decorated with gold leaf and is located in Haw Pha Bang temple in the city of Luang Prabang in Laos. Tourists visiting the city should visit this temple to see the sacred national emblem of the country.

17. Wat Manorom

17 out of 30
places to visit in Luang Prabang

Wat Manorom is a Buddhist temple and a monastery located in the city of Luang Prabang in Laos. It is one of the oldest temples from the 14th century and is known for a giant 6-meters statue of Buddha in bronze, which was rebuilt. It also has the most significant number of resident monks in the town and houses a primary school. The tourists traveling in Luang Prabang can visit Wat Manorom to witness the golden Buddha and its ancient history and lives of Buddhist monks.

18. Alms Giving Ceremony

18 out of 30
places to visit in Luang Prabang

The alms-giving ceremony or Tak Bat is a ritual followed by the Buddhist monks every morning in the city of Luang Prabang in Laos. Watching this routine is one of the top attractions for tourists visiting the city, who gather on the streets in front of the temples during sunrise every day.

19. Wat Pa Phon Phao

19 out of 30
places to visit in Luang Prabang

Wat Pa Phon Phao is a Buddhist hill temple located across the Nam Khan River in the city of Luang Prabang in Laos. It was a retreat in the forest for meditation and spiritual learning for the Kings of Laos. This temple with a golden stupa is known for its unique octagonal-shaped architecture, picturesque location offering excellent panoramic views of the mountains and the surrounding Phanom village. It is worth visiting Wat Pa Phon Phao on your trip to Luang Prabang.

20. Wat Chomphet

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places to visit in Luang Prabang

Wat Chomphet is a small Buddhist hill temple located in the city of Luang Prabang in Laos. More than the pagoda, it is known for the beautiful panoramic views of the Mekong River, and Luang Prabang surrounded by mountains. It is recommended to visit Wat Chomphet during your visit to Luang Prabang for amazing views during the sunset.

21. Wat Pa Huak

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Wat Pa Huak is a wooden Buddhist temple located in the old town of Luang Prabang in Laos. It is the oldest wooden temple in the city and one of the few remaining wooden Buddhist pagodas in the country. Tourists traveling Luang Prabang visit this temple for the murals in the temple walls, which contain elaborate details of Buddhism along with several stories and images of Buddha.

22. Old Town Luang Prabang

22 out of 30
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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.

23. Wat Siphoutthabath

23 out of 30
places to visit in Luang Prabang

Wat Siphoutthabath is an impressive Buddhist temple located in the heart of the old town of Luang Prabang city in Laos. The name translates to the footprints of Buddha in the local language. The temple is known for beautiful murals on the outer walls of the ordination hall(sim) and the interior walls containing paintings depicting Buddha's teachings and the path to his enlightenment. There is a school for the monks, which is the centre for learning Buddhism in Luang Prabang.

24. Wat Pa Phai

24 out of 30
places to visit in Luang Prabang

Wat Pa Phai is a Buddhist monastery-temple located in the city of Luang Prabang in Laos. It is one of the small temples built in Laos style of architecture, and it is famous for the murals on the sim depicting the lives of ordinary people of Laos. It is worth checking out Wat Pa Phai while exploring the town of Luang Prabang.

25. Green Jungle Park Luang Prabang

25 out of 30
places to visit in Luang Prabang

Green Jungle Park is an adventure park located close to the city of Luang Prabang in Laos. The park is situated amidst deeply forested mountains and is home to beautiful waterfalls, flower gardens and tall trees. It is one of the worth-visiting attractions for tourists visiting Luang Prabang where they can enjoy ziplining, kayaking, rope walking, swimming and trekking in the pine forests. Travelers can easily spend half a day or more, enjoying these adventurous activities.

26. Mekong Cruise Luang Prabang

26 out of 30
places to visit in Luang Prabang

The Mekong, the largest river in SE Asia, flows through Luang Prabang and other destinations. Taking river cruises in the Mekong River is one of the most popular tourist activities for people visiting Luang Prabang city in Laos. Sunset cruises, slow boat trips on the river for other destinations and general boat trips on the Mekong river are recommended activities for the tourists.

27. Kayaking in Luang Prabang

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places to visit in Luang Prabang

Kayaking is one of the top things to do among travelers visiting the city of Luang Prabang in Laos. Located along Nam Khan and Mekong rivers, the town is famous for Kayaking tours.

28. Cycling in Luang Prabang

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places to visit in Luang Prabang

Cycling is one of the top things to do among travelers visiting the city of Luang Prabang in Laos. Wider roads that are flat, excellent location of the town surrounded by rivers, villages and mountains along with narrow historic streets make cycling popular among locals as well as tourists.

29. Luang Prabang Library

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places to visit in Luang Prabang

The Luang Prabang Library is a small public library located in the old town of Luang Prabang in Laos. It focuses on providing education and learning of English by making free books accessible to children in Luang Prabang. It is one of the attractions in the city worth visiting for tourists who want to contribute to the benefit of school children of Luang Prabang via donating books or aid to help the library sustain.

30. Luang Prabang Bowling Alley

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places to visit in Luang Prabang

The bowling alley is located outside the city centre of Luang Prabang in Laos. It is the only place open after midnight in the city, and hence it is a popular hangout place for tourists who want to drink and have fun after all the bars and restaurants in the town close around 11 PM every night. The bowling alley has a restaurant and a bar serving food, beer and other alcoholic drinks until 2 AM. You can play bowling and archery in the centre. There is loud music played in the background, which adds to the fun at midnight.

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