Luang Prabang or ຫຼວງພຣະບາງ is a province of Laos which located in the north of the country. The capital of Laos is Luang Prabang. Luang Prabang means “The city of Golden Buddha Phra Bang”. Phra Bang was the capital of Lane Xang Kingdom during the 13th to 16th centuries and now is a UNESCO World record. Luang Prabang city is old because is the first capital of the Lan Chang Kingdom along with the Mekong River and the Kan River that flows together to create beautiful natural scenery.
1.Wat Xieng Thong Temple (ວັດຊຽງທອງ)
Wat Xieng Thong Temple located in Luang Prabang District of Laos. This is a Buddhist temple on the northern side of Luang Phrabang and one of the most important monasteries. The temple remains a significant monument to the spirit of religion, royalty and traditional art. Wat Xieng Thong royal temple was built during the reign of Chai Chetthathirath before moving to Vientiane district. Its still being patronized by the great Maha Sawangwong and Chao Si Sawangwongwattana on the last two kings of Laos.
Wat Xieng Thong Temple opening daily from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm and address is Khem Khong, Luang Prabang, Laos. Admission fee is 20,000 kip.
2. The Royal Palace of Luang Prabang
The Royal Palace Luang Prabang was built in 1904 during the French colonial era for King Sisavang Vong and his family. The Royal Palace is old palace with very beautiful architecture and the building mix from European architecture style with Laos style. At present has become an important museum and tourists can visit.
Inside the Royal Palace are bedroom, work room, center room, ceremonial room, living room, dinning room and others. The royal garment of the king, queen and royal family of Laos during the reign of Si Sawangwong until the reign of Si Sawang Wattana on the last king of Laos. Also, this place is enshrined with Phra Bang Buddha statue which ancient and priceless of Luang Prabang. The Royal Palace of Luang Prabang open from 8:00 am – 11.30 am and 13:30 pm – 16:00 pm. (Closed on Tuesday). The admission fee is 30,000 kip.
Note that when you visit the palace must dress politely and do not wear sleeveless shirts, skirts or short legs.
3. Phou Si Mountian in Luang Prabang
Phra That Phu Si is located on the top of hill about 150 meters high and stay in the heart of Luang Prabang. You can walk to the mountain up to 328 steps and both two side can see the beauty viewpoint in 360 degrees. Overlooking at the temple houses stretching parallel to the Mekong River with the mouth of the highest peak of Phu Phee. On a narrow flat area that relics are gold plated lotus shaped flowers which located on the top of the square. This decorated with a golden bronze seven feet tall and about 21 meters high.
4. Luang Prabang Night Market
The Night Market or Black Market is the word that villagers in Luang Prabang use to call walking street. This street not sell any illegal products but the street are sells crafts, art and culture. If you want to find cheap souvenirs then come here because there are everything including clothes, bags, beautiful patterns, shoes, handmade fabrics, lamps and accessories from mulberry paper, mulberry paper, jewelry and wooden furniture. Also accessories such as silver, gold, gemstones, paintings from local artists, local fabrics, native clothing, etc.,. All the products merchants by local people and can negotiate on price, too. There are also local restaurants to sit and taste. The recommended thing is Miang Kham Lao which bring various vegetable leaves stuffed with sweet peas then fried with eggplant then mixed with noodles.
The black market has distance about 1 km from Srisawangwong Road and in front of the Grand Palace. The market open daily from 17:00 pm – 23:00 pm. Therefore should go from early evening because there will not much people and easy to walk with the charm of Luang Prabang night.
5. Tam Ting Cave (Pak Ou Cave) in Luang Prabang, Laos
Ting Cave is a cave on the cliffs along the Mekong River. They have 2 caves that namely at the lower cave and the cave on Tum Lum cave. The cave is 60 meters high from the water. There are 2,500 wooden Buddha statues and most of them are monks status. You can walk up to the stairs about 218 step. At the mouth of cave is not that deep. In the past during their ancient were worshiped by spirits, spirits, spirits, ghosts, elves, angels. After that Pha Ting enter to this cave and put the Buddha image and used as a sacred place of religion.