Best things to do in Louangphabang and sightseeing in Louangphabang
Kouangxi Water Fall - Louangphabang
Walk through open farmland and forest trails to the Kuang Si Waterfall, which, though not very high, are striking in its lush jungle setting. Upon arrival there are plenty of opportunities to swim in the refreshing pools and enjoy a boxed picnic lunch. There is also the option to visit Ban Phonesay, a village well known for its silk weavings that have even been featured in the New York Time Magazine.
The Kuang Si Waterfall will take you breath away. Seeing the crystal clear water as it falls down roaring, into a lake so transparent, the water feels looks fit enough to drink! . Playing around in the water you will notice millions of tiny fish that dart about in the lake. There are also ropes attached nearby so you can swing into the lake, indulging your childhood fantasy of being Tarzan! For those who want activities that are a tad bit more mature, hiking trails abound in the nearby area leading you to and through other waterfalls, bridges over streams, and lush forests.
Awesome day-trip from Luang Prabang. In the dry season, have a swim; in the rainy season, marvel at the power of mother nature.
Luang Prabang - Louangphabang
This is a UNESCO World Heritage City. This is one of the most scenic and culturally rich parts of Laos. You will be welcomed by some of the most exquisite country roads to feel closer to the true roots of Laos. We went to a local village for lunch and had some of the amazing fish delicacies packed with herbs and vegetables. The beauty of this place lies in its natural charms. I would recommend you to sign up for some cycling trip across this town. We made some quick stops at handicraft and pottery shops, Kuang Si Falls and ended the trip watching the sun descend in the Mekong River.
We started exploring the historic land of Luang Prabang along Sisavangvong St., the heart of the old quarter, and further proceeded towards the National Museum, which was set in the former Royal Palace. Built in 1904, the palace is an amalgamation of Laotian and French influences and houses many royal treasures. The most important item is the solid gold Pha Bang Buddha. After an exciting encounter with history, we moved towards the center of Luang Prabang, exploring the narrow alleys that criss-cross through the town, stopping to enjoy some views over the mighty Mekong River. After an exciting day, we returned to our hotel 'Villa Maly' which was a 4-star accommodation.
Wat Aham - Louangphabang
Wat Xieng Thong - Louangphabang
Next we traveled to Wat Xieng Thong, one of the most celebrated temples in Laos. There are over twenty structures on the grounds including a sim, shrines, pavilions and residences, in addition to its gardens of various flowers, ornamental shrubs and trees.
Nong Khiaw - Louangphabang
When we arrive in Nong Kiaow, we realise that to see a place so beautiful, sometimes you have to suffer to be deserving of the view. Nong Kiaow is separated in two. One area for locals, the other seemingly built of guesthouses. We make our way across the bridge on foot to our designated Falang bungalow, and begin to drink in slowly, the view with a beer Lao on Laos time.