Luang Prabang, The Pristine Environment
One of the most beautifully colourful and historical cities in the world is Luang Prabang. It is known for its immaculate scenery including misty green mountains, and for its numerous architectural features such as decorated temples.
The city of Luang Prabang is situated in the north of Laos along Mekong River, where everyday life can be found intriguing. This city and it’s Buddhist culture make a location with a serene and peaceful environment.
You can visit Wat Xiang Thong, Luang Prabang’s most historic monastery to see the temple’s rich and unique charm. Also visit The Royal Palace Museum Known locally as Haw Kham, now serving as a museum. This place is comprised of several buildings with ancient art and important artifacts.
A temple known as Phou Si or “Holy Mountain” can be found on the large hill in Luang Prabang. The hill does provide some excellent views of the two rivers, the town and temples. Stunning sunrises and sunsets can be seen from atop Phou Si.
Take a trip to the picturesque Kuang Si Falls for a swim and to enjoy the surrounding nature. The impressive multi-tiered falls cascade into pools of water in a calm surrounding. These pools are perfect for bathing during the hot season.
Although not in Luang Prabang, you cannot skip a trip to Xieng Kuane Buddha Park (In Vientiane 390 km from Luang Prabang). This sculpture garden, located in a meadow by Mekong River, was built in 1958. This park contains numerous Hindu and Buddhist statues and magnificent sculptures surrounded by peaceful and lush grounds.
Other sights include Luang Prabang’s night market. A great place to shop, enjoy cheap food (BBQ river fish, pho noodles) and people watch. Also the tak bat alms ceremony is a definite must-see. Get into the spirit, as hundreds of orange robed monks gather at dawn to collect alms (typically rice and fruit) from locals who line the streets to give. The alms procession is a beautiful ritual and a very old tradition in Luang Prabang. You can participate by giving to the monks, however, be careful not to disrupt the ceremony.
You can also take a walk on the old bridge of Luang Prabang, now only used by pedestrians, bicycles and motorbikes, was built a century ago over Nam Khan (Khan River) in Luang Prabang.
Photos by: Bryan Swift