Laos is a Southeast Asian country traversed by the Mekong River and known for its mountainous terrain. Luang Prabang is the former capital of Laos which is home to Sacred Buddhist monasteries, French Colonial architecture and dramatic sunsets over lush surroundings. Here are 10 things one can enjoy exploring Luang Prabang.
#1 Mount Phousi
Mount Phousi is a 150m tall hill (over 300 stairs to get to the top!) in the centre of the old town of Luang Prabang. At the top, you are treated to a 360-degree view of the town and the golden pagodas. It's the perfect place to watch the sun rise and set over the Mekong River.
Open hours: 5:30 AM – 6:00 PM
Location: Center of the old town
#2 Tad Sae waterfalls
You could check any website or any guidebooks, and they all suggest the beautiful Kuang Si waterfall as a must see place. While that is gorgeous, wander through another waterfall namely ‘Tad Sae’ for two simple reasons, Less crowded and the possibility of a hike.
Open hours: 8:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Location: about 20kms outside Luang Prabang
#3 Pak ou caves
The famous Pak Ou Caves are one of the most important religious spots in the region, and they’re one of the most known prayer sites. Once you’re at the top, you’ll get to experience the caves the way they were mean to be experienced, which is without a lot of tourists, and as a place for serenity and relaxation.They’re quite easy to reach by boat.
Open hours: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 25km upriver
Cost: 20,000 kip per person