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Luang Prabang
Travel Planning
Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang at a Glance

At the confluence of the Nam Khan and Mekong River's lies splendidly colorful Luang Prabang. This previously French colonial city was first and foremost a city of Buddhist monasteries. Visit to see the mishmash of beaux arts French administrative buildings coexist next to the gorgeous and ancient wats. The monasteries, temples and religious spots fill every corner of the city and have helped it become an UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

Spend time exploring the tranquil monasteries. While there's a lot to see, slow down and take in a garden or meditate on some carvings. The sounds of Buddhist novices practicing the drums frequently drifts over the city and at certain times, chanting monks fill the air. For more formal information on Laotian and Buddhist culture, head to several excellent museums in town. Visitors can also linger in cafes along the river banks while enjoying coffee, a late lunch or an evening drink.  

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December - February, August
Low Season
March - July, September - November
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      Getting There
      Major Airports
      • Major Airport Luang Prabang International Airport

      Passport / Visa Requirements

      Travelers need a visa to enter Laos and can acquire one in the country if they enter through certain customs areas. To obtain a visa you need two passport-style photos of yourself, a valid passport with at least six months and one page remaining to be stamped. Tourists can learn more about the process on the website of the Laotian Embassy to their country. American citizens can use the  U.S State Department's website as an additional reference. 

      Getting Around
      Public Transportation
      • Bus Northern Bus Terminal
      • Bus Southern Bus Terminal
      • Ferry Tha Heua Meh
      Need to Know

      Severe Weather Monsoon rains last from June to November in Laos this wet time of year may make travel more difficult in certain areas. 

      Safety Concerns Laos is a fairly safe place to travel. Keep valuables out of sight and use normal precautions to protect yourself and your belongings. 

      Health Concerns: Speak with your doctor before traveling to Laos to get updates of vaccines or other health precautions you should take. Bring a water filter along with you and use it to purify your drinking water, brush your teeth and wash your food.