Laid-back vibes in Laos’ spiritual capital
The town of Luang Prabang is strikingly situated on a peninsula formed by the confluence of two rivers. Once the capital of Laos, it’s still considered to be its religious heart. Take a Luang Parabang cruise and you’ll discover a rich blend of French Indochinese architecture and Buddhist temples along the riverbank.
Luang Prabang’s palm-lined riverbanks, ochre-daubed houses and saffron-robed monks all come together to form a unique atmosphere. It all adds up to an authentic experience that’s becoming increasingly difficult to find in Southeast Asia. Its peaceful feel masks a fascinating history of conquest and recapture, and only hints at the intricate culture and complex traditions that take place here every day.
Luang Prabang holidays are popular with backpackers, which gives the place a uniquely laid-back vibe. You’ll join them strolling through the huge night market, the best place to pick up local crafts and merchandise. Food stalls line the streets, offering a dazzling array of sizzling fish, exotic noodle dishes and regional delicacies. The town has increased in size in recent years, but with world-class hotels alongside boutique gems, it still retains a gorgeous village feel.