Inside Vietnam: Cambodia Laos

Guided architectural tour of Luang Prabang

Gain insight into the rich architectural history of Luang Prabang with resident local expert Francis Engelmann.

Francis Engelmann has been researching ancient sites in Laos for more than twenty years, and was involved in the studies preparing the nomination of Luang Prabang as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995. He was also part of the team of the Heritage House, the conservation authority of Luang Prabang which provides guidelines for the management of the town.

Your tour with Francis will include the four different types of buildings categorized by UNESCO. The first is the traditional Lao house, made from tropical hardwood or bamboo and built on stilts. The second is a half-wood, half-cement house built in the period following the arrival of the colonising French. The third is the traditional French colonial architecture, similar to that found in Vietnam and Cambodia. The last form is the old Chinese shop-houses that were built to be used for both commercial and residential purposes.

There could be nobody more distinguished to give you an introduction to this beautiful town than Francis, and you'll conclude the tour with a knowledge of Lao architecture to rival any academic's.

Guided architectural tour of Luang Prabang

located in Luang Prabang

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