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Holidays in Luang Prabang situate you in the crown jewel of Laos. This former royal capital, with its gleaming temple roofs, fading colonial architecture and stunning mountain backdrop, retains a unique charm that’s becoming all too rare in Southeast Asia.

Magical and charming, Luang Prabang has preserved its long-standing reputation as a stronghold of Laotian culture. The entire city of Luang Prabang became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1995. The city is home to more than 30 Buddhist temples, including some of the most beautiful in the country. Among them is the stunning 16th century Wat Xieng Thong. This perfectly preserved structure is covered in gold and situated in lavish gardens tended by Buddhist monks. As evening falls, walk down to the riverside and lose yourself in the night market, where you can pick up souvenirs and eat your fill of sticky rice.

Luang Prabang holidays: explore a magical city

The morning alms ceremony (known as tak bat) has taken place for centuries. Each day the city’s monks walk down to the centre to receive an offering of food from the residents. Buddhist monks from different temples each take a different route, so you’ll see this exchange wherever you stay. It's a moving gesture that shows the connection between the monks and ordinary people.

For the perfect day trip head out to the Kuang Si Falls, which are less than an hours’ drive out of Luang Prabang. In a forest glade a stunning waterfall tumbles into a series of limestone pools. If you’re feeling limber you can leap from the rocks, swim or simply sit in quiet reflection and listen to the roar of the waters. A sunset cruise along the Mekong River is an unmissable way to end your evening in Luang Prabang. Aboard a traditional boat you can sip a drink as the sun falls below the mountains and the calls of tropical birds echo in the forests around.

Destination Highlights

  • Stroll the tree-lined avenues of this former royal capital, where temple bells ring gently in the morning sun
  • Enjoy fragrant and beautifully prepared food from both street stalls and top end restaurants
  • Marvel at the Kuang Si Waterfalls, where the waters tumble down rocks into a series of limestone pools
  • Take a sunset cruise on the Mekong River, savouring a drink as the city recedes and the jungle envelops you

Explore Luang Prabang

Time Zone

GMT + 7 hours

Flight Time

Flights to Laos take around 13 hours and 30 minutes, exclusive of stopover time.


LAK - Lao Kip

Visa Information

British citizens are required to purchase a visa upon arrival.



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“Luang Prabang is ideal for people who wish to enjoy a hands-on experience of some traditional Laos arts and crafts, such as textiles, bamboo weaving, paper-making and pottery.”

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Isla, Destination Executive

“Find a quiet spot along the banks of the Mekong River to watch sunset. The small beach by Dyen Sabai Bridge has been a popular spot for locals and visitors alike for generations.”

Destination Executive

Events & Festivals

Festivals and events are wonderful to include during your Luang Prabang holiday, offering a glimpse into the country’s authentic culture and traditions.

Pi Mi Lao Festival

Pi Mi Lao Festival, which takes place during the month of April, is a Buddhist cleansing festival that lasts from three days to a full week. You’ll find locals bathing their family Buddha statues in water and ritually washing one another to purify their souls.

Luang Prabang Boat Racing Festival

The frenetic Luang Prabang Boat Racing Festival, which takes place in August or September every year, is one of the highlights of the city’s calendar. Locals spend months hand-carving huge boats. There’s a carnival atmosphere as the boats take to the water and race to the finish line.

Boun Ok Phansa

At the end of October comes the Boun Ok Phansa, a ceremony marked with torchlit parades and glowing lanterns borne along the river. 

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