Luang Prabang Tourism

Luang Prabang, also known as Louangphabang, a city in Laos which lies at the confluence of the mighty Mekong river and the Nam Khan river. The country of Laos lies at the centre of Indochina peninsula and is landlocked by Myanmar, China, Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand. The only landlocked country in Southeast Asia, Laos is a favourite tourist destination among people from all over the globe and is known for its picturesque rugged mountains, rivers beds lined with tropical trees, paddy fields and plentiful cultural and historical sights. Luang Prabang was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1995 and was describes as "an outstanding example of the fusion of traditional architecture and Lao urban structures with those built by the European colonial authorities in the 19th and 20th centuries. Its unique, remarkably well-preserved townscape illustrates a key stage in the blending of these two distinct cultural traditions." by its global body.

Luang Prabang is a city influenced by the French culture, has many beautiful colonial villas with palm trees lined against the Mekong river which runs through the city. The city has a mix of traditional and modern architecture. With beautiful landscapes and river Mekong surrounding the city, there are a lot of natural sights like caves and waterfalls for you to visit. Back in the city, you will find murals and mosaics along the bright coloured walls of the many museums and temples that are spread across the city, predominantly showcasing the Buddhist culture. You can even sit back and enjoy a nice cup of coffee, enjoying French cuisine while reading a book at one of the many cafes situated along the banks of river Mekong or go farming the local way at one of the organic farms situated just outside the city. Whether travelling on budget or not, Luang Prabang has to offer something to every type of a traveller. The town is abuzz with a lot of backpackers and accommodation and activities are more expensive than the rest of the South East Asian cities. The locals are conservative yet friendly and this city must not be given a miss under any circumstances.

Essential travel information and Luang Prabang tips for your visit

  • Time Zone: Indochina Time (UTC +7)
  • Currency: Lao kip (LAK)
  • Electricity: The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz. Here you will find type A, B, C, E and F of power sockets.
  • Languages: English is widely spoken, while the official language of Laos is Lao. You will also a few people speaking French.
  • Internet: 3G and ADSL are the two types of internet services in Laos. Most hotels and restaurants will provide you Wi-Fi access.
  • Security: Dial 191 for police, 192 for tourist police and 195 for medical emergency.
  • Tipping: At most places in Laos tipping is not obligatory, but a 10% of the total amount as a tip is appreciated.
  • What to wear: Make sure you are always wear a top and bottom all the time (except for the time you are visiting the waterfalls, although the locals bathe in the waterfall fully clothed).
  • If you are greeting someone, say hello by joining hands. Sometimes, handshake between men are allowed.
  • Women traveller must never touch or brush against a monk or a bonze.
  • Holding hands and kissing in public is considered very impolite.
  • Shutting the door with your foot or kicking in somebody’s direction keeping your feet on the table is considered rude.
  • Always ask for a permission before clicking photos of the local folks.

The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Luang Prabang

  • Know the pollution level of Luang Prabang before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 67.86 (High)
    • Water Pollution 83.33 (Very High)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 45.83 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 70.83 (High)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 45 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 80 (Very High)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 79.17 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 66.67 (High)
  • How safe is Luang Prabang for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Luang Prabang.

    • Burglary and Theft 50 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 31.25 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 31.25 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 93.75 (Very High)
    • Car Stealing 50 (Moderate)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 31.25 (Low)
    • Attacks 31.25 (Low)
    • Drug offense 43.75 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 87.5 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 75 (High)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 25 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 25 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 25 (Low)
    • Safety Index 61.03 (High)
    • Climate Index 70.43 (High)
    • Pollution Index 79.54 (High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Here's how much it will cost to shop in Luang Prabang

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.2 USD

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