Often described as one of the most beautiful cities in all of Asia, Luang Prabang is by far the best place to visit in Laos. This is not to say that Vang Vieng or Vientiane is not worth a visit, but if you had to choose just one destination in all of Laos, it should definitely be Luang Prabang. If you are wondering why it’s so special, here are four reasons that will convince you of the same.
The truth is that temples are not really a rarity in this part of the world, but that doesn’t make the 30+ temples in Luang Prabang any less special. However, what makes Luang Prabang different is the all-encompassing spiritual vibe that all these active temples give off as one goes about exploring the city and the adjacent areas. As you go about exploring temples like Wat Phon Phao, Vat Visounarath and Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham, that made Luang Prabang an UNESCO World Heritage Site, you won’t be able to help yourself from feeling a bit spiritually entranced by the chants in the monasteries, the ancient architecture and the overall vibe of the city.
The Right Dose of Luxury
Don’t let the spiritual atmosphere of the city make you believe that there is any lack of luxury here in Luang Prabang, because there isn’t! Stay at a 5 star hotel Luang Prabang to enjoy a combination of the famous Laotian elegance and western service at its best. Complete with infinity pools, sumptuous Laotian delicacies and some of the best views in the area, Kiridara offers the same luxuries as any five-star hotel, but without sacrificing on any of the peace and natural bliss the city is famous for. The only thing to keep in mind is that you should book early, especially if you are coming to Laos during the peak season.
The Sunset from Mount Phou Si
Mount Phou Si is also known as the sacred mountain of Laos, which is a beautiful hill that marks the confluence of the rivers Mekong and Nam Khan. Even at only 100-meters, the sacred mountain is famous among both travelers and locals for offering the best view of a Luang Prabang sunset. Aside from enjoying the gorgeous sunset and a full panoramic view of the entire region, visitors will also be able to explore the Wat Chom Si stupa, which further makes the 300+ stair climb well worth it.
The Kuang Si Waterfall
Considering that the entire country has no direct access to the sea, it is almost surprising that a gorgeous waterfall like Kuang Si exists in Luang Prabang. The waterfall itself is fifty meters high and it drops down onto swimming holes. Swimming in that cool, blue water looks and feels almost divine, especially during the warmer months of the year.
If you are a foodie, don’t forget to explore the street foods of Buffet Street and while you are at it, do visit the night market as well for collecting some of the local memorabilia.