Wat Xiengthong Luang Prabang
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Luang Prabang is one of the most visited tourist destinations in Laos. It makes for a great stop to Nong Khiaw if you are going there. The town is charming and has a lot of activities. Free walking tours of the city are run by locals who grew up there and know a lot about it. The food in Luang Prabang is some of the best in Laos.

In the following article, we share our experience in Laos. 

The most visited tourist destination in Laos

You’ve heard it all before: Luang Prabang is one of Laos’s most visited tourist destinations. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site, so strict rules exist about preserving its architectural heritage. 

Once you arrive, you’ll have to navigate through streets full of old buildings and temples to get around town. But don’t worry—it’s easy! The main attraction here is Wat Xieng Thong (Temple of the Golden Stupa), which was built in 1560 and is home to 26 Buddha statues.

The population hovers around 50,000 people (according to some sources), so there are plenty of options when it comes time for lunch or dinner or whatever else it is that tourists do for fun when they’re not sightseeing or shopping for souvenirs. 

There are plenty of places where you can enjoy a cold beer after hours spent exploring historical landmarks with your loved ones (or alone if you prefer).

Nong Khiaw: a great stop on the way to Laos 

If you are heading to Nong Khiaw, Luang Prabang makes a great stop along the way. If you are going to Vang Vieng, Luang Prabang is a great place to take in some of its history and culture before heading out into the countryside. 

And if you are traveling from Luang Prabang toward Vientiane, make sure you leave yourself enough time to explore this charming city before continuing your journey.

The town is beautiful and has a lot of activities

The town is small and easy to get around, with many temples and museums to visit and restaurants and cafes. Some shops sell handmade crafts or one-of-a-kind items. You can stay in many hotels or guesthouses depending on your budget.

Free walking tours of the city 

Free walking tours of the city are run by locals who grew up there and know a lot about it. Luang Prabang is a beautiful city home to tourists and locals alike. 

One of the best ways to get acquainted with this historic place is through a free walking tour run by locals who grew up there and know a lot about it. 

You’ll learn about the history, culture, food, architecture—basically everything you need to know about Luang Prabang!

The food 

The food in Luang Prabang is some of the best in Laos. It’s not spicy, but it has a slight kick and is quite similar to Thai food. 

The prices are generally affordable, and you can get a filling meal for just a few dollars. There are so many great places to eat that it almost feels like a challenge to choose one! 

If you’re looking for cheap eats, many street vendors sell noodles and soups along Thadeua Road. If money is no object, then there are plenty of fancy restaurants with French-influenced cuisine around town that will cost more than your plane ticket here!

If you have time, Luang Prabang is worth visiting

Luang Prabang is a beautiful city. It’s situated on the Mekong River, surrounded by lush countryside and mountains. 

The old town has been preserved in its original form, and it’s lovely to walk around with all the temples and Buddhist shrines. 

The food here is also delicious – some delicious French pastries and baguettes are available too!

The people in Luang Prabang are very friendly, so if you plan on visiting this place, don’t be surprised if someone strikes up a conversation with you on your way through town. 

Because of its location along the Mekong River, Luang Prabang is also an excellent base from which to explore other parts of Laos and neighboring countries like Thailand or Vietnam (if they’re nearby).

Conclusion

If you have time, Luang Prabang is worth visiting. It’s a beautiful city with lots of activities and food to offer. The people are very friendly and will go out of their way to ensure you have a good time in Luang Prabang.

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