Luang Prabang

Call 01242 547 895 to speak to a specialist Enquire


The riverine town of Luang Prabang, once the capital of Laos and still considered to be its religious heart, breathes a rich meld of French Indochinese architecture and subtle Theravada Buddhist temples, and imparts on visitors an especially unique vibe. Luang Prabang is strikingly situated on a peninsula formed by the confluence of two rivers. Its palm-lined riverbanks, ochredaubed houses, terracotta roofs and saffron-robed monks all come together to form a picture postcard increasingly difficult to find in Southeast Asia.

Somnambulant and languid, its peaceful feel masks its fascinating history of conquest and recapture, and only hints at the intricate culture and complex traditions that take place here every day.


Useful info

laos map

Best time to be there

The cooler part of the dry season, November to February is when Laos is at its best, avoiding the torrential rains of the summer months, and the sweltering heat of April and May.

Fly to

Luang Prabang or Vientiane via Bangkok

flying time

13 hours via Bangkok

time difference

GMT + 7 hours

Visas

Issued on arrival

Health Requirements

Yellow Fever certificate if arriving from an endemic area

Show more


Holidays Click to change

Our experts can tailor-make the perfect holiday to suit your individual requirements, however, if you need inspiration or a starting point, below are some of our suggested trips and experiences:

Highlights of Laos

Nights: 7 | from £1,895pp

Laos is like Southeast Asia in slow motion – in the best possible way. It is an alluring, laidback mix of timeless tem-ples and traditions, good food,... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

Call 01242 547 895 Enquire

Life along the Mekong

Nights: 15 | from £7,470pp

A comprehensive tour that follows the Mekong River, taking in key landmarks and world-famous temples, but which also offers an intriguing insight into... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

Call 01242 547 895 Enquire

Luxury Small Group Journey - Cruising the Mekong: Siam, Saigon & Angkor Wat

Nights: 15 | from £5,525pp

Discover Angkor Wat with an expert local guide, cruise for seven nights on an exclusive charter along the Mekong River to experience its varied cultures,... Find out more

Holiday type: Group departure

Call 01242 547 895 Enquire

Indochina In-depth

Nights: 23 | from £4,980pp

A spell-binding 23-night tour of Indochina which showcases the major highlights of Cambodia, Thailand, Laos and Vietnam by water, land and air. Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

Call 01242 547 895 Enquire

Wings Over Indochina

Nights: 15 | from £20,276pp

Experience the sights and sounds of Southeast Asia, from sailing magical Ha Long Bay and sharing a sunrise over Angkor Wat to exploring evocative Ho Chi... Find out more

Holiday type: Group departure

Special Interest

Call 01242 547 895 Enquire

Showing 1-5 of 6.(View all)

Showing 1-5 of 6.(View all) View more

Below are some of our suggested places to stay:

Amantaka

Set on a large garden estate, Amantaka is housed in graceful French colonial buildings in the UNESCO protected town of Luang Prabang. Airy and elegant... Find out more

Price guide: Save | Spend | Splurge

Call 01242 547 895 Enquire

Belmond La Residence Phou Vao

The only hotel located on Phou Vao Hill - the Hill of the Kites - affords glorious panoramic views of the golden dome of the Vat Chamsi Stupa and the... Find out more

Price guide: Save | Spend | Splurge

Call 01242 547 895 Enquire

Satri House

 AccommodationSatri House is achingly stylish. Housed in a stunning old villa built at theturn of century as a royal residence, the hotel was refurbished... Find out more

Price guide: Save | Spend | Splurge

Call 01242 547 895 Enquire

Sofitel Luang Prabang

Sofitel Luang Prabang resides in the world's only World Heritage town, Luang Prabang, a melting pot of vibrant culture and spiritual harmony. Surrounded... Find out more

Price guide: Save | Spend | Splurge

Call 01242 547 895 Enquire

The Luang Say Residence

This 5 star luxury boutique hotel is buried amongst 14,000 square metres of lush tropical gardens, with a stunning backdrop of the great mountains, in... Find out more

Price guide: Save | Spend | Splurge

Call 01242 547 895 Enquire

Showing 1-5 of 5.(View all)

Showing 1-5 of 5.(View all)

Annie, Brandon, Debbie, Margaret, Vicky Hamlin, Vicky Smith and Rachel - are experts in designing travel experiences across the region to suit your personal needs, interests and budget. Their intimate knowledge of every hotel and resort featured in our Orient, India, Australasia and Indian Ocean portfolio, together with our own network of offices throughout these areas, allows us to offer unique in-depth knowledge, unparalleled insider access and the VIP service for which Abercrombie & Kent is renowned.

Read about our lastest experiences in our Travel Blog pages.

To find out more about our Orient team, click on the consultant links below or call them on 01242 547 704 or enquire online


Get in touch

When would you like to go?*

From time to time we may use the information above to send you relevant news, updates and offers. You can opt out at any time and we will not pass your information on to any other companies. Tick here if you do not wish to receive these


Other pages you might be interested in...


Call 01242 547 895 to speak to a specialist Enquire


Our recent awards

Winner of the Times Travel Awards

Find out more>

Guest Testimonial

In Laos, the guide added trips to the morning market and an opportunity to attend a shaman ceremony she heard about when we were in the village. I've seen some events, but I'll never forget that. I gather it's pretty rare to see it - the guide had only seen it once before.

- AF, London


Sundowner Magazine

Sundowner

Sign-up>

Sign up to our news letter

Escapes routes - e news

Sign-up