Luang Prabang is considered the jewel of Indochina, and is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. This culturally chic regal city is surrounded by mountains and was formerly the capital of a kingdom by the same name and was then ruled by French colonialists in the 18th century. With the delicate scent of frangipani sweetening the air, today boasts a mixture of ancient red-roofed Buddhist temples and French colonial buildings that house guesthouses, street markets and antique shops. The saffron- clad monks that inhabit Luang Prabang, particularly during morning alms-giving ceremonies, create a colorful sight to an otherwise calm and alluring urban environment.

Highlights

  • UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Mekong River
  • French Colonial Buildings

 Places to stay

Enchanting Travels Laos Tours Luang Prabang Hotels Amantaka 2

Amantaka

Hotel Style: Resort

Amantaka, belonging to the world famous Aman Resorts, is housed on a large garden estate a stroll away from the temples, the Palace, the boutiques, bakeries and restaurants of Luang Prabang.  See Hotel

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Belmond La Residence Phou Vao

Hotel Style: International

La R�sidence Phou Vao, set on 3 hectares surrounded with lush gardens, offers breathtaking views of the mountains and the town of Luang Prabang.  See Hotel

Exterior view of Maison Souvannaphoum in Luang Prabang, Laos

Maison Souvannaphoum

Hotel Style: Heritage

A melting pot of old-world cultures fused with medieval royalty, Maison Souvannaphoum Hotel is the historic residence of the Prince of Laos.  See Hotel

 Things to do

En Route Drive Highlights-Khmu Village, Buddha Cave & Old Russian Tank

Be fetched from your hotel by your guide at about 0800hrs and drive to Xiengkhuang, famous for the ‘Plain of Jars’. Follow a twisty mountain route before stopping at Ban Houi Hia with its panoramic mountain views. Continue further to Ban Kiu Kharm Pom, a Khmu village that you can explore before arriving in Phou Khoun for lunch. Continue the road journey into Xiengkhuang province, where you reach the highest altitude of the day – 1500m above sea level. With some extra time, make a stop at Ban Sonboun, a Hmong village. End the day with a visit to a hidden Buddha Cave that served as an army hospital during the Vietnam War. An optional stop can be to visit an old Russian tank. Arrive at the hotel by early evening.

En Route Drive Highlights-Visit Hamong Villages & Phatang Mountain View point

Starting about 0800hrs, drive south to Vang Vieng along a twisty yet scenic mountainous route providing picture-perfect captures. First stop is at Houi Hei, offering panoramas of the surrounding mountains. Next up, explore Ban Kiu Kam Pone, a Khmu village. Then, arrive in Phou Phueng Fa to enjoy some of the best views in Laos (weather permitting), followed by a lunch stop at a café. Post lunch, visit Ban Hin Ngon, a picturesque Hmong village. Optionally, you can stop at Koe Kuang, boasting a local forest market offering edible snakes, rats and assorted reptiles – if you can stomach it! The day ends with a brief photo stop of the stunning limestone karst scenery at Phatang Mountain view point. Arrive in Vang Vieng by late afternoon, relax the rest of the day, overnight stay at hotel.

Rasayana Eternity Body Booster at Belmond La Residence, Luang Prabang, Laos, 90 min

Drift into a state of bliss as a silky fusion of green tea, white clay and aromatic oils is massaged into your body. A wrap then gently bathes your skin in active rosewood, rekindling inner youthfulness and helping to counteract free radicals. A soothing head massage completes this magical experience.

Vang Vieng activities from Luang Prabang – 2 days

Explore all that Vang Vieng has on offer with a 2D/1N trip from Luang Prabang to Vientiane via Vang Vieng. ========================================================================================= Day 1 (Luang Prabang-Vang Vieng): Starting about 0800hrs, drive south to Vang Vieng along a twisty yet scenic mountainous route providing picture-perfect captures. First stop is at Houi Hei, offering panoramas of the surrounding mountains. Next up, explore Ban Kiu Kam Pone, a Khmu village. Then, arrive in Phou Phueng Fa to enjoy some of the best views in Laos (weather permitting), followed by a lunch stop at a café. Post lunch, visit Ban Hin Ngon, a picturesque Hmong village. Optionally, you can stop at Koe Kuang, boasting a local forest market offering edible snakes, rats and assorted reptiles – if you can stomach it! The day ends with a brief photo stop of the stunning limestone karst scenery at Phatang Mountain view point. Arrive in Vang Vieng by late afternoon, relax the rest of the day, overnight stay at hotel. ================ Day 2 (Vang Vieng-Vientiane): Today, visit Tham Jang cave and enjoy panoramic views of Nam Song River and the surrounding karst scenery. Set forth to Vientiane, stopping en route at Tha Heua, a small village specializing in dried fish, seen hanging in front of the houses. Continue to picturesque Nam Ngum, followed by lunch overlooking a lake. Next, stop at the famous Ban Keun salt mine and get an insight into the daily working life of the locals. The final stop is at Don Makai Market – an insect market, just outside of Vientiane, makes for an interesting experience for the more adventurous who are willing to try the ‘snacks’ on offer! Arrive in Vientiane by early evening.

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