Luang Prabang, The most beautiful World Heritage Site of Laos is being nicely located in the center of northern Laos. Its outstanding cultural, historic and architectural values where remained to serve as the country’s spiritual and religious center...
OverView about Luang Prabang
Located: Northern Laos (Norhtern Heritage)
Total area: 16,8755 square kilometers.
12 Districts: Luang Prabang, Xieng Ngeun, Nan, Pak Ou, Nambak, Ngoi, Pakxeng, Phonxay, Chomphet, Viengkham , Phounkhone and Phonthong.
Capital of the province: Luang Prabang.
Travelers come to Luang Prabang are fascinated by the friendly culture environment of beautiful slow pace town. The town itself is featuring a few unique insights of region’s history, throughout well-preserved Buddhist temples, museum architectures. Diversify culture of Laos such as Tai-Lue, Burmese, Chinese and Tai are being presented at the Night Market.
Some of the must visited sites in Luang Prabang City
are Wat Xieng Thong, Mount Phou Si, Wat Visounnarath (the former Royal Palace) and Wat Manolom. Laung Prabang is not only attractive by amazing inside it’s also fascinated by the beautiful regions surrounding, for example, Tad Kwang Si Waterfall, Tham Ting Caves, Ban Xang Hai Village and the tiered Tad Sae Waterfall. Further out is Muang Ngoi Kao, peacefully villages located on the banks of the Nam Ou River, surrounded high karst and cliffs Limestone Mountains. You can discover these sites on your own or book tours services through many Laos’s travel agents based in the town.
People in Luang Prabang are always delightful to celebrate major Lao festivals in some certain days around the years. The largest, Pi Mai Lao or Lao New Year officially takes place from 13-15 April, but in Luang Prabang the festival normally lasts a full week with a trade fair. In late December Hmong New Year is the celebration; this is a time for Hmong people show off their finest traditional clothing, musical performances and other cultural ceremonies. Especially very interesting annual boat racing are held in late September, one month earlier than Vientiane and most other regions in Laos
While enjoy travelling around Luang Prabang, you may observe the morning alms giving ceremony that the monks walk through town in single file carrying their alms bowls to give laypeople the opportunity to offer alms and gain merit, the stuff give by people are usually sticky rice, fruit or simple traditional snacks such as 'Binthabat' in Lao, this is a sacred religious ceremony. Tourists are also can participate in and photograph the ceremony, however, the people of Luang Prabang, especially the monks, ask that this is done is a respectful way and visitors do everything they can not to disrupt this ancient tradition.