Luang Prabang is a UNESCO-protected city located in north central Laos, approximately 300 km north of the capital Vientiane. Formerly known as Muang Sua, then Xieng Dong and later Chiang Thong this city has a long history of occupations, dynasties, kingdoms and war conflicts.
This alluring place is a great example of the fusion between European colonial architecture and traditional Laotian structures. Its urban plan and townscapes are extraordinarily well-preserved and the city remains one of the most charming and popular destinations in Laos.
Luang Prabang is considered by many the heart of the Laotian culture and one of the most beautiful spots in Southeast Asia. This small town is now one of the richest and most visited provinces in Laos, maintaining a genuine atmosphere and unique spirit. The city is surprisingly tidy and clean in part due to the UNESCO status and a group of responsible local business owners.
Landscapes in Luang Prabang are truly magical. The town is located at the confluence of the Mekong River and the Khan River offering stunning riverside sights and lush green scenery. Visitors can also enjoy waterfalls, river cruises, kayaking, mountain bike and trekking trails among other activities.